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Fred W. Wears – A Funeral Eulogy

5 June 2009 Leave a comment

Source: Fred W. Wears (a funeral eulogy, unpublished, 1957), from the papers of Doris Marietta Colley.


Fred W. WEARS was born at Mt. Zion, Missouri, on May 4, 1887, and died at the Clinton General Hospital at 4:25 p.m., June 28, 1957, following an illness of four weeks and one day.  He was seventy years, one month and twenty-four days of age at the time of his passing.

On April 9, 1916, he was united in marriage with Miss Mary Jane CARVER of Lowry City.  To this union five children were born.  ^They are as follows: Mrs. Doris COLLEY of Kansas City, Missouri; Major L.  ^Leo Glenn WEARS of San Diego, California; Mrs. Helen ^Jusha JUCHET of Kansas City, Missouri; John E. WEARS of Kansas City, Missouri; and Harold G. WEARS of Kansas City, Missouri.  He is also survived by one sister, Mrs. W.H. BAGLEY of Kansas City, Kansas, and four grandchildren.

In young manhood Fred WEARS learned the barber trade and followed that line of work for the remainder of his life, except for a short period when he was employed at the Lake City Arsenal during World War II.  He followed his trade for brief intervals in Colorado, Oklahoma, and Kansas, but spent the greater part of his working days here in Lowry City, his home town.  For a number of years since the war he has been employed part time in the Hinkle barber shop.

Fred WEARS was a quiet, friendly man, well liked by those who knew him.  He was a good husband and father and will be greatly missed, not only by the members of the bereaved family, but by a host of friends in the Lowry City community.


Luster Earl Colley to Gregg Leon Mattocks, letter, 14 October 1997

9 May 2009 Leave a comment

Source: Luster Earl Colley to Gregg Leon Mattocks, letter, 14 October 1997.

October 14, 1997

Dear Gregg:

Oma sequestered all my birthday greeting mail that arrived before my birthday party.  some way, your card got by her.  So I got it directly.

My birthday was predated a little bit to Sunday, since everyone has more time on sunday.  Aldine and I went over to Barbie’s house for my birthday party.  Barbie made ham loaf and all the fixins that I like and my birthday cake was a black raspberry pie.  Barbie knows what I like.  When everyone was full of good food, they brought out a heap of mail from my descendants, that they had been saving.  They demanded that I read it all out loud and pass around the pictures.  I never had so much mail all at one time and had so many say such nice things about me.  Fathers usually have to be dead to get so much favorable fan mail.  It was so much fun I would like to be 80 again next year.

I have a new status symbol as a Family History Expert.  I have been working as a substitute at the Mormon Library for several years.  Just recently they gave me a promotion, and I am now a member of the regular staff.  There was no pay raise.  Everyone on the staff gets the same pay, nothing.  But I feel well paid in fun and being able to associate with the nicest, smartest people in the whole world.

I have been working on several projects.  One project is to gather data for an eventual history of Butler Township, St. Clair Township, MO.  A lot of your ancestors came from that place.  I doubt I will ever live so long as to write the book, but maybe you and your mother can take over where I leave off.

I have a working version of a program I wrote in “C” language that I hope will combine census records in a new useful way.  I have entered a lot of data from the 1900, 1910, and 1920 census of Butler township in a raw data base.  I hope to do the 1880 census for Butler Twp this winter.  The new idea of my program is that it will combine a sorted version of the combined censuses so the people will be grouped together.  That way, you will be able to see on a single screen how a person ages and how their situation changed as the decades pass.  I also have entered a lot of WW1 draft data and a lot of marriage records for Butler Twp and other parts of St. Clair County.

I made photocopies of the original draft records for your great grandfather WEARS and your great grandfather COLLEY.  I will enclose a photo-copy of the one for GGfather WEARS.  Both Doris and I existed at that time as mere embryos, so I imagine the registration of prospective fathers for military service was something of a shock to the prospective mothers.  Now as I take a closer look at the copy, I see that Doris had already been born.  She was born in August and I wasn’t born until October.

Just a short time ago a correspondent sent me some new material about our SAYLOR family.  The best way to explain this is to make an abbreviated Ahnentafel which I will extend a bit for later purpose:

3. Carol Lee COLLEY
6. Earl COLLEY
12. James Alvin COLLEY
13. Vida MILLER
26. Walter MILLER

[Earl makes a mistake here.  Catherine Gilley was the mother, not the wife of Walter Miller.]

27. Catharine GILLEY b 2 May 1840 Washington Co. TN, d MO
52. William MILLER
54. Abraham (Absalom) GILLIS (GILLEY) married 12 Oct 1837 Washington Co. TN
104. Henry MILLER
105. Hannah BISHOP b Chester District, SC ca1884; d Benton Co. MO after 1850
110. John SAYLOR b 1775 Lebanon Twp. Lancaster Co. PA; d TN; m 26 Dec 1797 Rockingham Co. TN
111. Betsy KYSOR
210. James BISHOP b PA; d Hopkins Co. KY
222. Henry KISOR (KYSOR)
420. Nicholas BISHOP b DE, d Chester District SC.

Items 111. and 222. I have long suspected were true, but the new data I received gives me much more confidence.  The marriage of John SAYLOR and Betsy KYSOR is recorded in the book “Rockingham Co., VA Marriages 1778-1816” by Strickler.  The book can be found in many Genealogical libraries.  The new data I got goes back several generations and says the SAYLORs were Mennonites from Switzerland.  I haven’t yet examined this story well enough to want to give it my blessing.  I sent in a request to the Main Mormon Library in Salt Lake City for a film that I hope will add some detailed proof to the story.

While I was in the process of writing this letter the mail man delivered our mail.  I received my copy of the quarterly Bulletin of the Chester District Genealogical Society.  I have subscribed to it for many years and sometimes contribute material for them to print.  In this issue is one thing of particular interest to us.  I will enclose photo-copies of three pages.  The interesting part is the inset on page 112, but I copied the preceding and following page to include some background.

Henry BISHOP was an older brother of our James BISHOP (James BISHOP is number 210 on the previous Ahnentafel).  Henry BISHOP was a Captain in the Patriot army.  The whole BISHOP family with all their Patriot neighbors formed a refugee train of ox carts and such to retreat from the British and Tory threat.  They headed for Charlotte, NC where there was a stronger Patriot army for protection.  The men with the refugee train went to attack the British at Hanging Rock to turn them away from attacking the refugee women and children.  Henry BISHOP was wounded at the Hanging Rock battle.  He was carried in the refugee train to Charlotte, where he died of his wounds.  I have long searched for additional records about the battle and the refugee experience.  The British burned houses and killed all the live-stock that the refugees could not carry along with them.  I suppose most historians did not think the battle at Hanging Rock was very important, because not enough soldiers were killed there.

I often scan the data you sent me a long time ago, and think how much time you have invested.  Since I live in the Northeast, I have been aware that our County Library may have some sources that have not been readily available to you.  I hope to take advantage of that, but I never seem to stay on one subject very long.  I keep getting diverted by peripheral quests.

I hope your mother can soon get her life back on track and have time to pursue our mutual interest in family history.  She tells me that property values in the peninsula are so poor that she expects a difficult time in selling her house.  We have the same surplus real estate situation here, and I would have a difficult time selling my house.  I would really like to avoid the tribulations of being a home owner and move back to Columbia, MO.  The Missouri Historical Society is there and the MO University Library.  As an alumnus of the University and an ex-teacher, I would be eligible for using a lot of the School facilities.

Tell me about the computer you are now using.  I still have my old 386 DX machine.  For a long time I also had another machine on my desk based on a 286 mother board that I bought second hand for $29.  But I could not run WINDOWS on that.  I resisted WINDOWS long after most of my friends were using it, but almost all software now requires windows.  When JUNO (no cost internet access) was offered it was the last straw.  JUNO requires WINDOWS.  Being too much of a tightwad to pay for “Intel inside”, I upgraded to a K5 processor made by AMD.  It works great, and I don’t see how paying the price for a Pentium would have given me any better service.  Other components are also gettig cheap, so I have 32 Meg of ROM, a slow PC disk reader, and a 2.5 Gig hard drive.

I really make good use of having two computers side by side.  I do a lot of writing.  I use the old 386 as if it were a dedicated word processor, and use the K5 machine to look up data as the subject of my writing demands.  It is possible to switch windows on a single screen to get that result, but my system allows me to have two full screens visible at the same time.

I would be glad to hear of your adventures, but I know that like all of us, your time is fully engaged.  If the next I hear from you is my 90th birthday card, I will understand.  But I will be pleased to hear sooner.

With the affection I have for all my extensive clan,

Old grandfather


World War I Draft Registration Card: Fred W. Wears

29 April 2009 Leave a comment

Source: World War I Draft Registration Card (Form 1), 1917-1918: Fred W. Wears.

978 420-32

Form 1        REGISTRATION CARD        No. 171

1   Name in full Fred    W. WEARS Age, in yrs.  30
(Given name) (Family name)
2   Home address Lowry City Mo
(No.) (Street) (City) (State)
3   Date of birth May 4 1887
(Month) (Day) (Year)

4   Are you (1) a natural-born citizen, (2) a naturalized citizen, (3) an alien, (4) or have you declared your intention (specify which)?  Natural-born citizen

5   Where were you born? Henry Co. Mo USA
(Town) (State) (Nation)

6   If not a citizen, of what country are you a citizen or subject?

7   What is your present trade, occupation, or office?  Barber  29

8   By whom employed?  own employer
Where employed?  Lowry City Mo

9   Have you a father, mother, wife, child under 12, or a sister or brother under 12, solely dependent on you for support (specify which)?  wife & child

10  Married or single (which)?  Married Race (specify which)?  Caucasian

11  What military service have you had?  Rank  No ; branch        ; years        ; Nation or State

12  Do you claim exemption from draft (specify grounds)?  wife & child to support

I affirm that I have verified above answers and that they are true.


(Signature or mark)

If person is of
African descent,
tear off this

Lowry City Quasquicentennial 1871-1996

30 January 2009 Leave a comment

Source: Sharon Murray, Lowry City Quasquicentennial 1871-1996 (Lowry City, Missouri: Osage Chigger
Publishing Company).

[page 155]


Postmasters Title Date appointed
Geo. PENN Postmaster 07/24/1871
Walter S. MILLER Postmaster 03/04/1911
Mr. Francis E. COLLEY Postmaster 03/18/1972

[page 156]

In 1940 when Francis (Gene) COLLEY was hired as clerk, the office hours were 7:30 AM to 6 PM Monday through Saturday.

[page 157]

During WWII, Gene COLLEY, Clerk & Boyd EVERSOLE were both drafted into the Army.  Winnie Wright BRACK served as acting clerk and later acting postmaster and Dowdy SHOEMAKER served as acting postmaster.  Gene COLLEY and Boyd EVERSOLE returned to their positions at the post office in December 1945.

[page 159]

Walter S. MILLER, postmaster in 1911 was Gene COLLEY’s grandfather.  Gene COLLEY was appointed postmaster in 1972 where he served until his retirement, December, 1978.

[page 245]


Mr. & Mrs. J.D. SNYDER and family of eight children moved from the Mt. Zion neighborhood to their new home in northeast part of Lowry City, March 13, 1904.  The roads were so muddy some of the children got out and walked to their new home on the hill.  They were riding in the “surrey with the fringe on top.”

After moving to Lowry two more boys (Uel and H.D. “Tat”) were added to the family – making five girls and five boys.

J.D. SNYDER loved mules and “The SNYDER Mules” were known all over Missouri as well as other states.  Many blue ribbons were taken at the State Fair and smaller fairs.  He was also a cattleman.

Mr. SNYDER was also a community worker.  He helped organize the Farmers State Bank of which he was President; and the Farmers Exchange now known as M.F.A.  He was President of the Farmers Mutual Insurance Co. for many years and served on the school board for several terms.  He owned several farms in St. Clair and Henry Counties.  Mr. SNYDER died in 1942.

Mrs. SNYDER loved her family and liked to sew for them as well as many neighbor girls.  She helped several girls with their dresses for graduation.  She enjoyed cooking and never knew how many would be sitting at her table before the day ended.

They had ten children, five boys & five girls:

Mary married Wm. BUNCH.  They had nine children: Opal L. married Paul NICHOLS.  Leo Clifford married Martha M. YOUNG.  Anna married Chuck MINICK, her second marriage was to Robert HORN.  Ray married Joyce PATSKI.  Winford G. married Arthur S. JONES.  John H. firt married Goldena RAY (later divorced).  Irene C. married Thomas E. JONES.  Gene L. married Effie Blanch DAVIDSON.  Lena L. married Durwood SCOTT.

Emma A. married Lee Gaines CHARLES.  They had four children: Edison L. married Doris LONGCOR; Lucille married Glen BANTA; Evelyn married Walter SHIPLEY; Ermalee married Boyd E. CAMPBELL.

Lora L. married Carl A. STEHWIEN.  They had four children: Dennis S. married Mary Ann CALIFF; John Daniel married Geraldine HAWKINS; Elva M. married Vicotr MANSKE; Bette J. married Donald D. RICE.

Pearl I. first married McCLAIN.  Divorced and married (the second time) Treo WITTY.

William Orr married Grace DELOZIER.  They had three children: Annabell married Kenneth RUFENACHT.  Thelma Byrdeen married Otis H. BLACKWELL.  Billie J. married Cletis D. MURPHY.

John Thomas married Undean PARK.

Lula May married Edwin Lyle MITCHELL.

Joseph Charles married Eula FEASTER.

Uel Hadley married Janet NESBIT.

Howard Dale (Tat).

There are about 200 direct descendents (grandchildren, great grandchildren, great, great grandchildren).

Bette STEHWIEN RICE, granddaughter of J.D. and Anna SNYDER now lives on the old family farm.

[page 267]

WEARS Family

John T. WEARS, the first member of the family to reside in Lowry City, was born in Newcastle, VA. in 1837.  He came to Missouri in 1860 and Mary E. RANEY, who was born in Louisville, Ky.

John T. WEARS was a veteran of the Civil War serving for three years in Company “C”, 7th Regiment, Missouri Calvary.  He had a brother serving in the Confederate Army who was killed in action; consequently, relationships with his family in Virginia were broken, and never resumed.

Mary RANEY WEARS united with a Baptist church in 1862 and John T. WEARS united with the church in 1868.  They were members at Tebo Baptist which they joined in 1904.  They continued in fellowship with the church until Mary WEARS death in 1919 and John WEARS death in 1930.

John T. and Mary WEARS had eleven children; two dying in infancy.  All, or most of the others, lived in Lowry City at some time in their young adult lives.  One son, Thadeus, was in the insurance and real estate business for many years in Lowry City.  The youngest child, Fred, was a barber in Lowry City for many years until his death in 1957.

Fred W. WEARS was born in Mt. Zion, Mo. and married Mary J. CARVER who was born in Roscoe, Mo.  During their married life they moved away from Lowry City several times, returning the last time in 1945.

Fred W. and Mary WEARS had five children, all born in Lowry City.  The first born was Doris WEARS COLLEY, who now lives in Ocean Park, Wa.  Next born was Leo Glenn who retired from the Marine Corps and now lives Ocotillo, CA.  Followed by Helen WEARS JUCHET who now lives in Raytown, Mo.  Next born was John E. WEARS who retired from AT & T and lives in Kansas City, Mo.  The last born was Harold G. WEARS who retired from the Kansas City, Mo. Police Department and lives in rural Lowry City.  All of the five children, except John, graduated from Lowry City High School; John graduated from Northeast High School in Kansas City, Mo.

Harold G. WEARS married Gloria R. HADSALL, a transplanted Iowan and graduate of Lowry City High School in 1952.  They have two children; Thomas G. WEARS, a naval submarine officer, who resides with his wife and three children in Virginia Beach, VA., and a daughter, Ann WEARS MULVIHILL who resides in Washington D.C. where she and her husband are employed.

While we cannot recount a 125 year relationship with Lowry City we can trace an interest and involvement spanning 100 years.  Fred WEARS served a term as Mayor of Lowry City and it is believed it was during this time, or possibly later with his help, the first sign with the motto “Where the Ozarks Meet the Plains” was erected.

Mrs. John Carver Dies

15 May 2008 Leave a comment

Source: “Mrs. John Carver Dies,” unidentified 1938 newspaper clipping from the collection of Carol Lee Mattocks.

Mother of Mrs. Fred WEARS Pass-
es Away at Weaubleau

Word was received here Friday night of the death at the Weaubleau hospital of Mrs. John CARVER, 68, of Gerster, mother of Mrs. Fred WEARS of Osceola.

Death came at 9:15, following a brief illness. Mrs. WEARS had been in Weaubleau since her mother was taken there Wednesday. Mr. WEARS went to Weaubleau Friday night, and Mrs. WEARS accompanied him home.

Funeral services will be held Sunday morning at 10 o’clock at the King’s Prairie church. Interment will be in the King’s Prairie cemetery.

Obituary of Mary E. Wears

15 May 2008 Leave a comment

Source: “Obituary [of Mary E. Wears],” unidentified 1919 newspaper clipping from the papers of Carol Lee Mattocks.


Mary E. WEARS, after a long illness, passed away Friday morning at her home in Lowry City, surrounded by her husband, John T. WEARS, and all of her children, except one son, R.J. WEARS, of Arizona, who could not get here in time.

The deceased was born in Washington county, Kentucky, January 16, 1845, and died at her home in this city March 7, 1919, at the age of 74 years, 1 month and 21 days. She has been a resident of this city for over twenty years. In 1862 she joined the Baptist church and had been a member ever since. She was united in marriage to John T. WEARS of Henry county, Missouri, March 26, 1862. To this union were born twelve children of whom nine are now living: Six sons, E.T. of Lewis, Kansas; G.W. of Higgins, Texas; J.G. of Eclar, Texas; R.J. of Arizona, and T.S. and Fred of Lowry City; and three daughters, Mrs. Mattie MARSH and Mrs. Minnie BARBER of Kansas City, Missouri, and Mrs. Uilla BAGLEY of Lowry City.

Though ill for a long time preceding her death Mrs. WEARS bore her suffering without a murmur.  Everything that loving hands could do was done to help relieve her suffering but all in vain, and she quietly passed away.

Rev. W.S. WEIR of Adrian, Mo., an old-time friend of the family preached her funeral Saturday at the Baptist church to a large concourse of her friends and neighbors, and she was tenderly laid away that evening in the Barnett cemetery.

The many friends of the WEARS family will extend their heartfelt sympathy to them in their bereavement.



We thank the neighbors and friends for their kindness shown during the sickness and death of our dear beloved mother.

John T. WEARS and Children.

Descendants of John Thomas Wears and Mary Elizabeth Raney Wears

4 May 2008 Leave a comment

Source: [Ray or John Roy Barber], Descendents [sic] of John Thomas Wears and Mary Elizabeth Raney Wears…, genealogical notes in the possession of Carol Lee Mattocks, originally prepared by either Ray or John Roy Barber.

Descendents of John Thomas Wears and Mary Elizabeth Raney Wears, married in Henry Co., Missouri, March 26, 1862. John age 25, Mary age 17.

John Thomas Wears, born Nov. 13, 1837, died March 22, 1930.

He was born in New Castle, Craig County, Virginia. He came to Missouri in 1860. In 1868 he united with the Tebo Baptist Church, later to Peaceful home and to Mt. Zion, from Mt. Zion to Lowry City Baptist Church. He was in the Civil War having served 3 years in Company ‘C’, 7th Regiment, Missouri Calvary. He was a member of Post Number 238, of the Grand Army of the Republic, Lowry City, Mo. He is buried in the Lowry City, Missouri cemetery.

Mary Elizabeth Raney Wears, born January 16, 1845, died March 7, 1919

She was born in Washington County, Kentucky. Her Mothers maiden name was Coulter. Her father J.C. Raney was born in Louisville, Kentucky, January 8, 1816. Died March 31, 1897. He is buried in Tebo Cemetery close to Tightwad, Mo. Mary joined the Baptist Church in 1862. She is buried in the Lowry City, Cemetery.

Their children

Euild Thomas Wears born March 2, 1864, died Oct. 16, 1942, buried at Stafford, Ks.
He married Mary Snyder. Their children- Estus, Ada, Myrtle, Uel, Ellis.

Thaddeus Sheridan Wears born Feb. 18, 1866, died Dec. 30, 1949. Buried at Lowry City.
He married Clara J. Martin. Their children-Pearl, Essie, Lola, Mary, Goldie

John Henry Wears born May 2, 1867, died April 2, 1868.

Minnie Belle Wears born Oct. 12, 1868, died March 4, 1946. Buried ar Lowry City.
She married Perry Barber. Their children-Weir, Tom, Ray, John Roy, Moine, Garnett

Mattie Amelia Wears born August 5, 1870, died Nov. 11, 1952. Buried at Lowry City.
She married Henry Mersch. Their children- Loie, Ralph, Grace, Henrietta, Chloe, Pauline, Irene, and Geneieve

Mary Elizabeth Wears born 1872, died March 6, 1874.

Roy Jackson Wears born Oct. 1875, died Sept. 15, 1940. Buried at Hemet, Calif.
He married Mayme. No children.

Uilla Susan Wears born April 10, 1879, died Feb. 18, 1969. Buried at Lowry City.
She married William Bagley. Their children- Comer and Mildred.

James Garfield Wears born March 26, 1881, died 1950. Buried in Hemet, Calif.
He married Estelle. Their children- Cloris, Edith, Dale.

George Wears born April 3, 1883, died Oct. 6, 1948. Buried at Lowry City.
He married Maude. No children.

Frederick William Wears born May 4, 1887, died June 28, 1957. Buried at Lowry City.
He married Mary Carver. Their children-Doris, Glenn, Helen, John, and Harold.