Monday, September 24, 2007

Vermal Brown

from grandma grace's book
Thursday March 18 1965
R-T photo
ten employees of the Central Farm Products Inc. in Trenton received pins for years of service with the company. The pins were for 10, 15, and 20 years of service.
pictured above are those honored....Vermal Brown.

Monday June 30 1969 R-T photo with inset of water skier at Lake Trenton. grandma wrote "Vermal Brown" by the water skier. (he skied, she drove the boat. several of our cousins water-skied. I was always a boat rider. deb)

Scholastic Honors

from grandma grace's book

This certifies that Grace Maxwell has completed the elementary course of study in a satisfactory manner adn has attained such grades that he is awarded this scholarship.
Good for One Year's Tuition
In Melbourne School during the school year beginning July 1 1931 and ending July 1 1932.
Given at Bethany Mo this 23 day of May 1931.
(signed) Alva L. Allen County Superintendent
Given by authority of the Board of Education.

Certificate of Merit
This is to Certify That
Grace Maxwell of Melbourne Missouri
was an entrant in the Spelling Contest, conducted by the Henry Field Seed Co., March 1929 and for her proficiency is Hereby Awarded This Certificate of Merit
(signed) Henry Field President
James Pearson contest Manager
Herny Field Seed Company Shenandoah,Iowa

a piece of notebook paper

from grandma grace's book
this is Vermal Browns family

brothers & sisters
Edith Mae June 7 1914
Verma Dean Nov 23 1915
Vermal Nov 30 1915
Lela Mae Dec 15 1917
Lewis Orval Jan 21 1918-1919

half brothers & sisters
John Junior Smith Dec 28 1923
Charles Milton Smith Aug 19 1925
Wyvone Elaine Smith April 23 1927

Cecil Lewis Chambers Sept 7 1939
Charlene Ann Brown Dec 21 1941
Sharon Kay Brown Sept 17 1943
Janet Mae Brown May 14 1945

William Charles Smith
Faye Gene Smith
Jimmy Dale Smith

Mercer Band Carnival Royalty

newspaper clipping with caption from grandma grace's book
dated April 30 1996
(Koren Dailey was pictured. She didn't win.)

Stephens. Lake School Reunion

from grandma grace's book

The 31st annual reunion was held Aug. 5 at the Steak House with 23 persons in attendance.
Those attending...Minerva Brown....Grace Brown...

Sweet Adelines

Sweet Adelines
R-T photo & article from grandma grace's book
Sweet Adelines Group Performs At Music Contest
(among those pictured is Janet Axsom)

greetings from Mr Easter Bunny

from grandma grace's book
a letter from the Easter Bunny dated 1973 to Debbie, Lisa, & Brenda Axsom

Happy Easter
To Debbie-Lisa-Brenda
I brought you some Easter goodies. While you was at church being good girls. So I gave you some extra candy for going to Sunday School. I put it in the house so the dog and cat wouldn't get it. (Mr. Easter Bunny)

50th Anniversary

unknown undated newspaper clipping & photo from grandma grace's book
Mr and Mrs Vermal Brown of Trenton will be honored with a reception from 2 to 4 p.m Sunday July 23 in the Senior Center, in observance of their 50th wedding anniversary. All friends and relatives are invited to attend. The couple requests no gifts.
The occasion will be hosted by the couple's daughters, Mrs. Charlene Shank, Mrs Kay Crawford and Mrs Janet Axsom.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Axsom Anniversary

from grandma grace's book
unknown undated newspaper clipping

Those attending the dinner for the 25th anniversary of Mr and Mrs Bernard Axsom were Mr and Mrs Vermal Brown, Trenton' Kevin, Debie, and Koren Dailey, Lisa, Brenda and John Axsom; Charlene and Shelia Shank, Kansas City; Kay and Bob Crawford, Robin Crawford, St Joseph; Minerva Brown, Brimson; JAsper Maxwell, Gale Brown, Jim, Judy, and Michael Maxwell, Clyde and Marjie Maxwell, Kansas City; Marsha, Emmitt, Erica and Erin Williams, Marshall.

Debie should be Debbie.


unknown undated newspaper clippings from grandma grace's book
with accompanying photo

Couple Married In Kansas City
Shelia Grace Little and Kerry Allen Dauma were married March 25 in the Northland Baptist Chapel in Kansas City.
The bride is the daughter of Charlene Shank of Liberty and the late Larry K. Little, and the groom is the son of Mr and Mrs Kenneth A. Dauma, also of Liberty.
Honor attendants were Missy Crawford of Kansas City; Marlene Meador and Michelle Meador of Liberty; Ernest Raub and Eric Raub of Jefferson City; and Mark Wilson of Omaha, Neb.
A reception was held at the church following the ceremony.
The bride and groom are residing in Belleville, Ill.
The bride is the granddaughter of Vermal and Grace Brown of Trenton and the late Mr and Mrs Cloyd Little.

Married March 25 at Northland Baptist Chapel in Kansas City were Shelia Grace Little adn Kerry Allen Dauma, Liberty.
The bride is the daughter of Charlene Shank and the late Larry K. Little, Kansas City. The groom is the son of Mr and Mrs Kenneth A. Dauma of Liberty.
Honor attendants were Missy Crawford, Kansas City; Marlene Meador and Michelle Meador, Liberty; Ernest Raub, Jefferson City; Eric Raub, Jefferson City; and Mark Wilson, Omaha, Neb.
A reception at the Northland Baptist Chapel honored the newlyweds, who will live in Belleville, Ill.


newspaper clippings with photos from grandma graces book

Thursday Nov 17 1983 The Post Telegraph page 5
Debra Lynn Axsom, daughter of MR and Mrs Bernard Axsom, Spickard, and Kevin F. Dailey, son of Elijah Dailey, Mercer, and Juanita Blaylock, LEague City, Texas were united in marriage Sept 28 1983 at 5 p.m. in the United Methodist Church in Mercer. The Rev. Virginia Belt performed the double-ring ceremony.
The church was decorated with fall bouquets adn a 15-branch candelabrum decorated with greenery and an orange bow.
The bride, given in marriage by her father, wore a square-necked satin gown with puff sleeves, featuring a 3-tiered lace overskirt. The cuffs and sleeves were trimmed with lace; the back had a zipper and loop closings featuring pearl buttons. The gown was designed by the bride and made by her mother. She carried a cascading bouquet of silk flowers in autumn colors. She carried out the tradition of something old-a penny for her shoe from her grandmother, something new-her dress, something borrowed-a necklace from Shirley Thomas, something blue-her garter.
Shirley Thomas, matron of honor, wore a floor-length pink gown with a lace jacket. She carried a cascading bouquet of silk flowers.
Brenda Axsom and Keri Bryan, candlelighters, were attired in yellow floor length gowns with yellow cover-ups, and autumn silk corsages.
Staci Trainer accompanied Sarah Vertrees, who sang "Color My World", before the ceremony, "Through the Eyes of Love" as the candles were lighted, and "You Light Up My Life" following the repetition of the vows. Both wore burgundy floor-length gowns and rust silk corsages.
The groom wore a three-piece light blue suit, with a rust boutonniere.
Brad Riggs was best man, and Gary Porter, Mercer, was the usher.
Lisa Axsom, sister of the bride, was in charge of the guest book. She was attired in a yellow off-the-shoulder gown and wore a rust silk corsage.
The bride's mother wore a beige dress with puff sleeves, trimmed with white collar and cuffs. Her corsage was of rust colored silk flowers.
The reception in the church basement was hosted by the groom's grandmother, Marie Dailey. The table, covered in white with autumn flower decorations, featured a 3-tiered white cake with yellow roses and rust decorations, baked and served by Rosaline Wolf of Spickard. Mints, nuts, coffee and punch were served by Keri Bryan and Brenda Axsom.
The groom is a 1983 graduate of Mercer High School and attends Chillicothe Vo-Tech School; the bride is a 1983 graduate of Princeton High School.
The newlyweds are at home at 1021 Polk St, Apt 4, Chillicothe.

unknown undated newspaper clipping with photo
Debra Lynn Axsom of Spickard, and Kevin Dailey of Mercer exchanged wedding vows at 5p.m. Wednesday, Sept 28, at the Mercer United Methodist Church.
The Rev. Virginia Belt performed the double-ring ceremony before an altar holding a candelabra decorated wtih an orange bow and fern.
The bride is the daughter of Bernard and Janet Axsom of Spickard, and the groom is the son of Elijah Dailey of Mercer and Juanita Dailey of League City, Texas.
The pianist, Staci Trainer, played the accompaniment for Sarah Vertrees, who sang, "Colour My World," before the ceremony; "Through the Eyes of Love," as the candles were lighted; and "You Light Up My Life," after the vows were repeated.
The candlelighters, Brenda Axsom and Keri Bryan, wore light yellow floor-length gowns wtih rust-colored corsages wtih baby's breath and yellow and orange ribbons.
The bridge, given in marriage by her father, wore a floor-length white satin gown fashioned with puffed sleeves and a three-tier lace skirt over satin, and carried a cascade bouquet of autumn-colored flowers and baby's breath. The gown was designed by the bride and made by her mother.
The bride wore a necklace, borrowed from Shirley Thomas, and a blue lace and ribbon garter. She also wore a penny in her shoe.
The maid of honor, Shirley Thomas of Eagleville, wore a pink floor-length dress with a matching lace jacket. Her bouquet was designed like the bride's.
Brad Riggs of Kirksville served as best man while Gary Porter of Mercer was usher.
A reception was held in the church basement immediately following the ceremony. The bride's table, covered with a white cloth, was decorated wtih an autumn-colored bouquet and flowers.
The three-tier white cake was decorated with yellow roses with rust accents and topped with the traditional bride and groom. The cake was baked by Rosaline Wolf.
Brenda Axsom served the cake, which was cut by Mrs Wolf. Keri Bryan presided at the punch bowl.
Lisa Axsom was in charge of the guest book.
The bride's going away outfit consisted of a denim prairie skirt with a pink ruffled blouse. She also wore knee length boots. Her corsage was of autumn-colored flowers and baby's breath.
The bride and groom are residing at 1021 Polk St., Chillicothe.
The bride is a 1983 graduate of Princeton High School. The groom, a 1983 graduate of Mercer High School, attended the Chillicothe Area Vocational School. He is employed as a farmhand.
Elijah Dailey hosted a rehearsal dinner Sept 24 at Ma and Pa's Playhouse at Mercer for members of the Axsom-Dailey wedding party and family members.
The bride and groom were honored wtih a wedding shower Oct 16 at the Fairhaven Community Center. Mrs Barbara Robinson and Mrs Darlene Leivick were hostesses.

------note from deb----ok, I was there that day, I was the bride. Kevin picked me up at home to go the church, I had my dress in a bag that he hung behind the seat. Grandma Grace& Grandpa Vermal were there when we got there, I think. He took Polaroid pictures of us when we walked in in our jeans, then a picture of us stepping off the stage as man & wife. The only song I remembered from my wedding is Color My World (the one that I picked). I remember getting dressed in the tiny bathroom in the church basement. I had lost my voice & was more than a little nervous, my future mother in law Dixie gave me a cough drop or something, I managed to croak out my vows. I remember we were holding hands on the stage and I was swinging Kevin's hands back and forth. And that I worried about tripping coming down off the stage. We went to his great grandma Jessie Shroyers house in our wedding clothes, she hadn't felt good enough to come to the wedding. Then we came to his grandma Marie's house (the one that we have rented for the last 12 1/2 years) to change clothes. We stopped at Princeton Casey's on the way home for a Coke & a Pepsi, then went to our apt., lugged all our wedding gifts upstairs, & opened them into the wee hours of the night. and here it is....almost 24 years later...our anniversary is Friday. where does the time go?

5 generations of the Axsom family

from grandma grace's book
Thursday July 28 1988 The Post-Telegraph Page 12
with photo
Shown here are the five generations of the Axsom family: Koren Dailey, Debbie Dailey, mother, Bethany; Bernard Axsom, grandfather, Spickard; Pauline Axsom, Great-grandmother, San Jose, Calif.; and the late Amanda Shafer, great-great-grandmother.

Axsom 25th anniversary

from grandma grace's book
Thursday July 28 1988 The Post Telegraph Page 10
with photo

Mr and Mrs Bernard Axson , Rt. 2 Spickard, celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary with a dinner hosted by Minerva Brown, Brimson.
Janet Brown and Bernard Axson were married June 2 1963 by the Rev. Harold Spradling at the Evangelistic United Brothern Church at Trenton. They are the parents of four children, Debra Daily, Bethany, Lisa Axsom, Kirksville, Brenda Axsom, Des Moines, and John Axsom, of the home. They have one grandchild, Koren Marie Dailey, Bethany.

(their typo, should be Axsom)
(their typo, should be Dailey)


from grandma grace's book
unknown undated newspaper clipping

Marsha Jane Maxwell Becomes Bride of Emmitt G. Williams

In the Christmas setting of evergreens, red candles and red satin tree ornaments, Miss Marsha Jane Maxwell of Marshall, Mo., was married Dec. 24 to Mr. Emmitt G. Williams, also of Marshall. Mr and Mrs Leland Maxwell and Mr and Mrs James Williams, all of Marshall, are parents of the couple.
The Rev. Enoch Robertson, church pastor, performed the double-ring ceremony at the Melbourne Baptist Church.
The bride, given in marriage by her father, chose a white gown with fitted lace bodice, scoop neckline, long sleeves that came to points at the wrists, a taffeta aisle-wide hoop skirt with an over-skirt of net, marked with appliques of lace roses. Her veil was held by a crown of velvet and pearls. She carried a white Bible topped with white roses and a cascade of red roses.
Mrs Dale Hinnah, Marshall, was matron of honor. Serving as bridesmaids were Mrs Jack Nester of Fort Benning, Ga., and Mrs Dale Hayes of Marshall. Mrs. Hayes is a sister of the bridegroom. Their gowns were red velvet, they wore matching hair bows, and carried nose gay bouquets of white carnation.
Kathy Williams, a sister of the bridegroom, was flower girl. She wore a red jumper wtih a white lace blouse.
The tapers were lighted by Anthony J. Brown, cousin of the bride, and James Williams, Jr. brother of the bridegroom.
Attending his brother as best man was Mr Dwight Williams. Groomsmen wre Mr Ron Hoenes of Lee's Summit and Mr Dale Hinnah of Marshall. Ushers were Mr Geroge Williams, brother of the bridegroom and Mr Tom Brown, uncle of the bride.
Miss Betty Frances Hall of Trenton, played a program of wedding music as the guests were being seated and the accompaniment for the soloist, Miss Nancy Ann Coombs of Evergreen, Colo., who sang "O Perfect Love," before the ceremony and "The Wedding Prayer" as the couple knelt.
Mrs Tom Brown and son, Tommy, aunt and cousin of the bride, received and arranged the gifts.
A reception was held in the church basement. The first slice of cake was cut by the bride and groom with a cake server of bronze tableware from Thailand, a gift from to the bride from the bridegroom.
The bride's table was covered with a white net cloth appliqued with white felt bells and gold sequins, over red.
The four-tiered cake was decorated by Mrs Charles Owens of Trenton. It was topped with bells and satin ribbon and decorated with white sugar bells. The cake was served by Miss Fern Brown and Mrs Paul Brown. Mrs Garland King served the ruby-red punch and Mrs Robert Turley poured coffee.
The couple, who will be at home in Carrollton, after January first, left on a wedding trip to New Orleans.
The bride's going away ensemble was a berry red knit dress with a matching three-quarter length boucle cloth coat. She wore the white rose corsage taken from her bridal bouquet. Her accessories were berry red.
Out of town guests were Mr and Mrs Sid Kateman, Mrs Leonard Detmer, Mrs Leona Jaeckel, Mr and Mrs Clyde Crawford, Mr and Mrs Herbert Kettler, Miss Helen Kettler, Mr and Mrs James Williams and Kenny and Mrs Dwight Williams, all of Marshall.
Mr and Mrs Owen Elder, St Louis; Jack Nester ,Fort Benning GA; Mrs Ron Hoenes and Jeff, Lee's Summitt; Mr and MRs Larry Little, Mr and Mrs Dale Brown and Gale of Kansas City; Mrs Lloyd Swift, Carrollton, Mrs Scott Clark, Chillicothe; Mr and Mrs Kenneth Rice and Mrs Elizabeth Scott, Bethany.
Miss Nadine Hall, Mrs D.C. Brown, Mr and Mrs Don McReynolds, Mrs Rozelle Dowell, Mrs Vermal Brown, all of Trenton.
Mr and Mrs Leland Maxwell of Marshall, were hosts at a wedding rehearsal dinner Friday evening, Dec 23, in honor of their daughter, Marsha Jane, who was married at the Melbourne Baptist Church Saturday to Mr Emmit G.Williams of Marshall. The dinner was served at the home of the bride elect's grandmother and aunt, Mrs Dora Brown and Miss Emma Brown of Trenton.



from grandma grace's books
clippings with photos

Friday October 20 1989
Mr and Mrs Buddy Parcel of Unionville announce the engagement of their daughter, Robin Lynette, to Christopher Paul Crawford, son of Mr and Mrs Bob Crawford of St Joseph.
The wedding will be held at 2p.m. Saturday Nov 11 at the Community Christian Church, 22nd and Mason Road, St Joseph. All friends and relatives are invited to attend the ceremony and reception to follow at the church.
The groom-elect is the grandson of Mr and Mrs Vermal Brown and Mr and Mrs Paul Crawford, all of Trenton.

Robin Parcel, daughter of Buddy and Beverly Parcel of Unionville Mo and Christopher Crawford, son of Bob and Kay Crawford of St Joseph, were united in marraige Nov 11 1989 at Community Christian Church. Bob Day officiated.
The bride was escourted by her father. Serving as maid of honor was Stephanie Cantrell, while Brandi Meek was bridesmaid.
Shawn Crawford was best man and Joe Parcel, groomsman.
Candlelighters wre Amanda Hunter and Brandon Puett, and flower girls were Natalie Valentine and Danielle Steele. Ringbearer was Ryan Crawford.
Serving as ushers were Bobby Vestal and Brent Clark.
A reception followed the ceremony.
A rehearsal dinner was given at the Circle W Restaurant.
Following a honeymoon trip to Reno, Nevada, the couple are residing in Springer N.M. where both work for Herzog Contracting Corp.

Saturday, September 22, 2007

another five generation family

unknown undated newspaper clipping/photo from grandma grace's book with handwritten note: "This is my Aunt Nan Stanely. My Mothers sister. Grace."

pictured here in a photograph taken in July is the Seth D. Stanley five-generation family.
Seated at left is Mrs Seth Stanley of Cainsville, holding her great-great-granddaughter, Julia Kay Rouse. Seated at Mrs. Stanley's left is Mrs Harley Maple, also of Cainsville, the great-grandmother. Standing at the left are Julia Kay's mother, Mrs Norman Rouse of Ft. Madison Iowa, and at the right the grandfather, Stanley Maple of Fairfield, Iowa. Julia Kay was nine months old at the time of this picture.
(Through policy, the R-C has considered five-generation families worthy of note. The policy will continue, although this newspaper has had three of such within the last five weeks.)

Mr & Mrs Leland Maxwell

newspaper clipping dated Monday April 30 1990
from Grandma Grace's book

with accompanying photo
Mr and Mrs Leland Maxwell of Marshall will observe their 50th wedding anniversary with a reception at 2p.m. Sunday May 6 in the Fellowship Hall of the Melbourne Baptist Church. All friends and relatives are invited to attend. The couple requests no gifts.
Mrs Maxwell, the former Eva Jane Brown of Melbourne, and Mr Maxwell were married May 7 1940 in Gilman City. They are the parents of one daughter, Mrs Marsha Williams of Marshall. They also have two granddaughters, Erin and Erica Williams.
Mr Maxwell is the brother of Mrs Vermal Brown of Trenton; Mrs Minverva Brown of Brimson; and John Maxwell of Grove, Okla. Mrs Maxwell is the sister of Tom V. Brown of Trenton.

Thank You
We want to take this method of expressing our deepest thanks to all those responsible for the beautiful reception held at the Melbourne Baptist Church, May 5 in observance of our 50th Wedding Anniversary.
We are especially appreciative to Leland's sisters, Minerva Brown and Grace Brown, our daughter, Marsha Williams, to Sarah Brown, and to the ladies who prepared the refreshments.
To those who sent cards, we also express our sincere gratitude. We shall remember fondly each of the kindnesses shown us by our friends on this occasion.
Leland and Eva Maxwell

Karlan Dishon & Shawn Crawford Wed

Rolla Daily News
Sunday November 5 1995 page 11A
from grandma grace's book, with accompanying picture

Karlan Dishon & Shawn Crawford Wed on June 10
Karlan Rae Dishon and Shawn Crawford, both of Rolla, were married in a double-ring, candle light ceremony on June 10 1995 at Twin Spires Chapel in St Joseph by the Rev. Doug Crawford, cousin of the groom.
The bride, daughter of Mr and Mrs Carlos Finney of Lathrop, wore a white satin dress with a sweetheart neckline, lace appliques, simulated pearls and coachlight sequins. The basque waist dropped to a full, chapel-length train, and the V-back was accented with a bow.
The bride's bouquet was burgandy and teal.
The maid of honor was Cheryl Lane, friend of the bridge. Bridesmaids were Kendra Williams and Kim Carter, both sisters of the bride. Emily Dishon, the bride's daughter, was a junior bridesmaid.
The groom, son of Mr and Mrs Bob Crawford of St Joseph, was attended by Chris Crawford, brother of the groom, as best man. Chris Tyrrell, friend of the groom, and Bobby Shalz, brother-in-law of the groom, were groomsmen. Grant Dishon, son of the bride, was a junior groomsman.
Ashley Crawford, niece of the groom, was the flower girl.
Joshua Williams, nephew of the bride, was ring bearer.
Ushers were Chris Butterfield, nephew of the bride, and Donald Keeney, friend of the bridge and groom.
Wedding music was provided by David Ryden of Rolla.
The guest book and gifts were attended by Melissa Keeney, friend of the bride and groom.
The reception was held pool-side at the Ramada Inn in St Joseph following the ceremony.
After a wedding trip to Las Vegas, the couple is at home in Rolla.
The bride is a graduate of the Missouri Western State College in St Joseph and works at Rolla Technical Institute.
The groom is a graduate of Missouri Western State College in ST Joseph as well, and works as a graduate assistant at the University of Missouri-Rolla where he is pursuing a masters degree in applied mathematics.

Lisa Axsom

undated/unknown clippings from grandma grace's book

with accompanying photo
Mr and Mrs Bernard Axsom of Spickard announce the engagement of their daughter, Lisa Ann Axsom of St Thomas MO to Tom H. Butler, son of Mrs Ellen Butler of Belle, Mo and the late Hieber Butler.
Miss Axsom is a 1985 graduate of Princeton High School, a 1987 graduate of North Central Missouri College at Trenton, and a 1990 graduate of Northeast Missouri State University at Kirksville. She is employed as an auditor by the Missouri State Auditor's office in Jefferson City.
Butler, a graduate of Linn Technical School, is employed as a facsimile technician by Modern Business Systems in Jefferson City.
The wedding will be held at 2p.m. June 4 1994, at the First Christian Church in Belle.
Miss Axsom is the granddaughter of Mr and Mrs Vermal Brown of Trenton.

Former Resident is Promoted
Lisa Axsom, formerly of Spickard, has been promoted to the position of in-charge auditor in the Missouri Auditor's office.
Ms. Axsom is a CPA in the state office.

Lewis Albert Brown family group sheet

from grandma Grace's book, prepared by Grace Brown

Lewis Albert Brown
occupation farm labor
born April 11 1881
died Jan 21 1955 Blue Ridge MO
buried Christian Union Cemetery north of Gilman City MO
father William Brown
mother Jane Blanchard
married May 29 1913 to Maggie Mae Smith
his other marriages
(2)Mayme Beeman
(3)Clara Neill (Feb 27 1881-Feb 4 1959)

Maggie Mae Smith
born Nov 8 1900
died OCt 27 1982
buried Rose Hill Cemetery Lamoni IA
other husbands
(2) Frank Smith
(3) Isaac Webber

children of Lewis & Maggie
1. Edith Mae female
born June 7 1914 Gilman City Mo
died Feb 26 1982 Trenton Mo
married Cecil Chambers
2. Verma Dean (twin) female
born Nov 23 1915 Gilman City MO
died July 1 1982 Trenton MO
married Robert McCullough
3. Vermal (twin) male
born Nov 23 1915 Gilman City MO
married Leona Grace Maxwell
4. Lelia Maude female
born Dec 15 1917 Gilman City MO
5. Lewis Orval male
born Jan 21 1919 Gilman City MO

Maggie had 3 children with her second husband Frank Smith.
1. John Junior Smith
born Dec 28 1932
married Lelia Mayberry and lived at Apple Valley CA
2. Charles Milton Smith
born Aug 19 1925
married and had 3 children
died Oct 24 1986 at Springdale Arkansas
3. Wyonne Elaine Smith
born April 23 1327
died Sept 17 1941
buried at Rose Hill Cemetery Lamoni, IA

Leila Maude Brown was adopted by Mr and Mrs Anway
Lewis Orval Brown was adopted by Mr and Mrs Art Stanely

Lewis Albert Brown family group sheet

Karlan Dishon & Shawn Crawford engagement announcement

from Grandma Grace's book engagement announcement with picture

Karlan Rae Dishon and Shawn Crawford, both of Rolla, announce their engagement and approaching wedding.
Parents of the couple are Mr and Mrs Carlos Finney of Lathrop, and Mr and Mrs Bob Crawford of St Joseph.
The bride-elect received a bachelor of social work degree from Missouri Western State College at St Joseph. She is coordinator of the At-Rish Program for the Rolla School District.
The future groom is a 1993 graduate of Missouri State Western State College. He is currently a graduate student, pursuing a degree in mathematics at the University of Missouri-Rolla. He is employed as a graduate assistant at the university, and also works for Central Missouri Vocational Education Consortium. He was in the Navy from 1987 to 1994.
The wedding will be held at 7p.m. June 10 1995 at Twin Spires in St Joseph. A poolside reception will follow at the Ramada Inn in St Joseph. All friends and family are invited to attend.
The groom-elect is the grandson of Paul Crawford of Trenton and the late Amber Crawford, and Vermal and Grace Brown, also of Trenton.

Friday, September 21, 2007

Grandma Grace's Birthday

grandma grace's birthday
Grandma Grace Brown was born Sept. 21, 1916. Today she is 91.
On the way home from work, I called Kevin to see if he wanted to go to Trenton with him time to get ready. The kids declined. We made the Princeton flowershop about a vase of red roses & a balloon...& went directly to Sunnyview to see Grandma. She was in the dining room for supper. We told her "hi", took the flowers to her room for her, then visited in a common room after Grandma was done eating....they have a "front porch" area, and an Elvis diner is a nice place. And we had a nice visit. She had went to coffee that morning, & had went to the monthly birthday party. They have bingo & pitch & puzzles & church... Grandma seems to be making the best of it. She heard a voice that sounded like one of her old neighbors, it was his daughter. While we were visiting a woman came over to talk 2 Grandma, Grandma asked her if she was so and so, & she was.
It was good to see her. Happy Birthday, Grandma!

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Frisbie Reunion

Mary (Axsom) Johnson attended a Frisbie reunion at a Cainsville, MO church Sunday September 9th. There was lots of food, family stories, fun, and music provided by Jackie Hague.
Others that she mentioned attending were Sherry (Ashley) & her husband Jess, Lori (Ashley) & 2 children, Larry Grief, Richard Uhler & wife Shirley, & Shirley Flatt.
"Mamie Grief's son Larry told a story that some Craig sisters were walking along the street in Saline, Mo. and joked about starting a whorehouse in Saline. Shirley said that Mary and May told her late husband Howard that they'd like to have the bank building for such. One of them told the other that she wanted to be the madam and let the other one do the work. We were all laughing about their antics. They were both fun loving."
Deb had to work so couldn't go...they are planning another reunion in 2008.

Brent Jason Maverick Crabb

Brenda Axsom & Jason Crabb had their 4th child, a son, September 11 2007 at 4:30p.m.
Brent Jason Maverick Crabb weighed 8 lb 2 oz & was 21" long. He joins sisters Rachelle, 11, Sarah, 9, and a brother, David Seth, 2.

Saturday, September 15, 2007


Grundy County, Missouri And Its People Vol. 2

DeWitt Brown was a Civil War veteran, having served three and one-half years as a Union soldier. He was a member of Company F, Second Missouri Cavalry, serving with that regiment in several engagements. He was taken prisoner near the Arkansas-Missouri border and was compelled to travel barefooted. As a result he remained somewhat crippled for the rest of his life.

Lawrence Dale Brown, (accompanying picture)the son of DeWitt C. Brown Jr. and Hattie Priscella Gregg, was born August 29 1922 in Brimson.
On October 5 1941 he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. During World War II he served as an airplane mechanic. All of his service time was spent in the United States at the following locations: Marana, AZ; Fort Sumner, NM; Bakersfield, CA; and Albuquerque, NM. Sgt. Lawrence Dale Brown was discharged Feb 1 1946 at Boulder CO.
Dale died Sept. 17, 1985 and is buried in the Cat Creek Cemetery of Brimson on Highway CC.
(husband of Minerva Alice Maxwell Brown)

Tom Brown (accompanying picture)enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps soon after graduating from high school in 1942. He completed boot camp at the marine base in San Diego and at nearby Camp Matthews. He was then assigned to radio school at the base, and rec'd 12 weeks of training as a high speed Morse code man.
In the fall of 1943, attached to the Fourth Marine Division, Tom participated in the invasion of Kwajalein and Eniwetok of the Marshall Islands. Following the MArshall invasion, Tom was sent to Guadalcanal to join the First Provisional Marine Brigrade to prepare for the invasion of Guam. From Guam, he was transferred back to Guadalcanal in preparition for the invasion of Okinawa, where he also became part of the Sixth Marine Divison.
Tom was finally called from the ranks to go to China to do communications work and participate in the surrender of the Japanese forces in Tsigtao. In JAN 1946 he was honorably discharged in San Diego. Tom was a corporal, received four Battle Stars, the Presidential Unit Citation, and one unit citation from the Secretary of the Navy.
(brother in law of Minerva Alice Maxwell Brown)

Clyde Edward Maxwell, (accompanying picture) son of James Phillip and Alma Alice (Arney) Maxwell was born OCtober 20 1928 near Brimson.
Clyde was a member of the U. S. Army entering the service in 1948 with final discharge in 1951. His service career was with the Seventh Divison that spent time in Hokkaido, Japan during World War II, and occupational duty in Japan during the Korean War. He was released Jan. 24 1959, but soon recalled to duty in August, stationed in Texas and Oklahoma. Sergeant First Class Maxwell was a guard in Japan and a meat cutter in the states. His final release was in 1951.

Jasper L. Maxwell (accompanying picture) son of James Phillip and Alma Alice (Arney) Maxwell was born June 18 1925 in Harrison County. He entered the U. S. Army on MAy 14 1944 and held the reank of sergeant. Jasper's military service was during World War II, with all of his time served in the following locations: Robinson, Arkansas, and Fort Knox, KY.. he was a combat engineer and supply sergeant. Jasper was discharged October 1947. Jasper died April 3 1999 and is buried in Springer Cemetery, north of Brimson..

Friday, September 14, 2007

Mary (Axsom) Beck Johnson

Grundy County, Missouri And Its People Vol. 2

Mary Jean (Axsom) Johnson, daughter of Alfred Elmer Axsom and MAry "Pauline" (Shafer)
Axsom, was born May 29 1940 on a farm north of Cainsville, Missouri. She began school at the one-room Moore School on Pea Ridge in 1946. In 1951 the family moved to the former Ben Gallup farm off Route A north of Trenton. Mary then attended Central Elementary/Junior High (grades six, seven, and nine) and attended eighth grade in Tindall, then graduated from Trenton High School in 1958. Her favorite teacher was Mrs. Russell.
The family attended Tindall Baptist Church, her parents installing a life-long moral compass in their children. She and her sister enjoyed youth rallies as teenagers. Mary loved art, singing, baking, 4-H Club and winning ribbons at fairs. After graduating, MAry went to Kansas City and began working at Hallmark Cards. That first winter she often was homesick and went home (usually by train) every weekend, if not working overtime.
Mary married Alvin Warren Beck, her soul mate, in Newkirk, Oklahoma, on November 30 1960. He died November 12 1973. She married Lewis "Fred" Johnson on May 25 1976. They were divorced June 1986.
Before retirement, Mary worked in retail sales at Emery-Bird-Thayer Department Store in downtown Kansas City and Dillards in Independence and then in geriatric nursing. Now living in Independence, she enjoys church (River Boulevard Baptist), Victorian tea parties, growing flowers, hiking, creative writing and sharing a love of genealogy with a niece Debbie (Axsom) Dailey of Mercer.
The old farmhouse burned away many years ago after sitting vacant for several years. Most of Mary's memories of times spent there are happy, except when Grandpa Johnnie Axsom died and Grandam Daisy (Boyd) Axsom wanted a wake with Grandpa lying in state in the living room.
Mary's siblings are Freeda Darlene (Axsom) Haggard of Redding, California, born December 30 1941; Bernard Charles of Spickard, born June 17 1944; and Roger Dale (March 30 1952-January 12 1987), buried in Oakhill Cemetery beside his parents.
submitted by Mary (Axsom) Beck Johnson.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Freeda Darlene Axsom Haggard

Grundy County Missouri And Its People page 609 Vol. II

Freeda Darlene Axsom was born December 30 1941, to Alfred and Mary Pauline (Shafer) Axsom on their farm near Cainsville. She attended Moore School, a one-room schoolhouse. In 1950 the family moved to Grundy County. Hearing the whistle, counting the cars, and running out to watch the Rock Island passanger trains were new and exciting experiences. Spring was always Freeda's season with the freshly tilled soil, baby animals, green grass, and flowers. She loved going barefoot. Freeda recalls that John and Lucille Horton helped her and her siblings with 4-H projects. At age 13, Freeda became a born again Christian at the Tindall Baptist Church. Her first job was at the Joe Collins broiler ranch.
Freeda married Jerry Lee Haggard of Mercer on June 6 1959. They have 2 daughters, one son, six granddaughters, one grandson, two great-granddaughters, and two great-grandsons. Freeda and Jerry have lived in California since June of 1970. They enjoy visiting the Midwest in the spring and fall. Freeda says, "My Grundy County home has been gone for several years, and the road we walked down to meet the school bus is covered with a canopy of trees and impassable by car."
Submitted by Freeda (Axsom) Haggard

Friday, September 7, 2007

Sylvia Lee Karr

unknown undated newspaper clippings from grandma grace's book
with handwritten inscription: "worked with her at Mattinglys. Grace"

Mrs Sylvia Lee Karr, 71, a resident of 131 E Seventh St, Trenton, died Sunday morning, April 8 1990 at Wright Memorial Hospital in Trenton.
Funeral services will be held at 1:30p.m. Tuesday at the First Baptist Church. The church pastor, Dr Clyde Elder, will officiate. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery in Trenton.
There is no family visitation scheduled at the Whitaker-Eads Funeral Home.
Mrs Karr was born March 2 1919 in Trenton Mo the daughter of Mack Elbert and Elva Jane Mason Dockery. She was married to Francis Benton Karr on Man 23 1936 in Trenton. He died Oct 2 1978.
Mrs Karr, a lifelong resident of Trenton, was employed by Mattinglys Brothers for 19 years. She was a member of the First Baptist Church and Trenton Rebekah Lodge No. 15.
Mrs Karr was a life member of Laureate Beta Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi, of which she was president four times, and was a life member of the Grundy County Museum, being elected to the board in 1985. She was a member of the Dorcas Richardson Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, serving as regent in 1986, 1987 and 1989, and was a member of the Grundy County Republican Woman's Club. She was elected Republican Committeewoman of the First Ward, serving from 1986 to 1989.
Survivors include 2 sisters, Lavonnne Henderson of Trenton and Kathryn Martin of Bakersfield, Calif; and four nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Karr was preceded in death by her parents and husband.
Family members suggest contributions to the First Baptist Church Building Fund in memory of Mrs Karr.

Funeral Services for Mrs Sylvia Lee Karr were held at 1:30p.m. Tuesday at the First Baptist Church. The church pastor, the Rev. Clyde Elder, officiated.
Mrs KArr, a resident of 131 E Seventh St, Trenton, died Sunday April 8 1990 at Wright Memorial Hospital in Trenton at the age of 71.
Mrs Fern Muff played the organ accompaniment for Mrs Becky McDonald who sang "He Touched Me" and "The Lords Prayer".
Pallbearers were Jimmy Frey, Paul Wayne Frey, Charles Marquis, George Rentfrow, Leo Bell and Gary Black.
Burial was in the Maple Grove Cemetery in Trenton, under the direction of the Whitaker-Eads Funeral Home.

Frank M. DeVorss

funeral card from grandma graces' book with handwritten inscription "Tihs is the man that Vermal worked for when we moved to Trenton 1940. He was a dairy farmer."

In Memory of Frank DeVorss
born October 17 1903
died April 16 1979
Funeral service 1:30p.m. Thursday April 19 1979
Wesley United Methodist Church
Trenton Mo
Officiating Minister Rev. Roger Wreath
Burial Resthaven Memorial Gardens
Trenton Mo
Arrangements by Blackmore-Whitaker Funeral Home

An Armful of Chicks

hand dated hand labeled newspaper clipping & photo from grandma grace's book

May 18 19(can't read rest of year)
Bethany paper

Willard Street, with an armful of chicks, and Jennie Neill, both residents of Crestview, Bethany, along with all residents of Crestview, enjoyed the recent hands-on experience of watching chicks hatch from fertilized eggs provided by Bob Teegarden of the University Extension office. The Bethany Kiwanis Club were the sponosoring body for this recent event.

W.D. Haines Undertaking

from Grandma Grace's book

Gilman City Mo Jan 26 1946
Mr. FM Brown estate
In account with W.D.Haines
Furniture Undertaking Ambulance Service
Aug 30 1945 Casket & Service $225.00
Vault $225.00
Flowers $5.00
Taxes $6.75

paid Jan 28 1946

Grace Brown

Trenton Republican Times
May 5 1979
with accompanying photo
caption: Grace Brown, right, accepts her final check and a certificate of appreciation from Matco Consultant John Sheets during retirement ceremonies held yesterday afternoon at the Trenton store. Mrs. Brown, an employee of Matco since 1952, was honored with a retirement dinner and is pictured with Evelyn Sheets, second from left, and Mrs. Betty Wilson.

Debbie Axsom

from Grandma Grace's book
hand dated newspaper clippings

Princeton Post Telegraph
March 28 1980
Poet's Corner
A man is a man within himself.
A man is not made from a mold.
A man is is an individual unique to others
around him. A man moves on,
But behind him leaves long lived
A man may or may not be handsome,
But what is inside counts far more.
A man can help a neighbor, in the field,
through a tragedy.
It really doesn't matter,
As long as he is willing and able to
contribute to mankind.
Debbie Axsom

8th Grade To Get Diplomas At Princeton
hand dated 1980
Thirty-nine Princeton eighth grade graduates will receive diplomas in ceremonies May 25 at 8p.m. in the elementary gymnasium auditorium. Students presenting the evenings program include Kathy Cain, Kris Seymour, Lisa Gibson, Joe McLain and Mark Graham. The junior high band and chorus under the direction of Ann Taylor and Debbie Penning, music instructors, will perform. Rotary courtesy awards will be present to Ronald White and Debra Axsom by Neil Baker. William Prichard, principal, will announced school awards and Superintendent Merlin Shelton will present the diplomas to graduates.

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Evie Maxwell's wheelchair

very faded and hard to read...I might be reading some names & amounts wrong...deb
Grandma Grace gave me a copy of this many years is handwritten on an
Date...............Time Used................Standing..................
"We the undersigned have paid or will pay the amount set beside our names for the purpose of getting Evie Maxwell a wheel-chair.
__. H. Maxwell paid 5.00
John Utterback paid 1.00
Zelda Utterback paid 1.05
W.O. Steven paid 1.00
Susan Hobbs .25
Wm. Hobbs 1.00
Ethel Ratliff .25
W.R. Hobbs paid .25
Gena Hobbs paid .25
Y.J. Grisall & wife paid 1.00
Sadie Hobbs paid .50
E.N. Hobbs paid .50
Zelda Murphy paid .50
Len Meek & wife paid .50

Howard Flatt

The Princeton Post Telegraph
January 4 2007
Howard Flatt
Cainsville, Mo.
Howard Flatt, 66, died Sunday Dec. 24 2006 at Decatur County Hospital in Leon, Ia.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, Dec. 27 at Cainsville, Mo., United Methodist Church, under the direction of Roberson Funeral Home of Bethany, Mo. Burial was in Freedom Cemetery, northeast of Cainsville. A memorial service was held Friday, Dec 29 at Grace Baptist Church in Des Moines, Ia.
Mr. Flatt, son of Howard and Lillian (Berthelsen) Flatt Sr. was born in Des Moines on April 24, 1040 (this is what it says! will have to look up his actual birth year! deb) He married Shirley Flatt on June 16 1963 in Des Moines.
In spite of lifelong health problems, he enjoyed helping others and his community.
When his children were young, he enjoyed helping others and his community. When his children were young, he enjoyed being a coach for flag football and basketball.
He was a master electrician and retired as business manager for IBEW Local 347. He served on the boards for the Food Bank of Iowa, Goodwill, Des Moines Habitat for Humanity and the first County Charter Commission, and president of the Iowa State Building and Construction Council. Most important to him was the opportunity to serve as deacon at Grace Baptist Church of Des Moines.
He loved spending time with family and friends, especially children, tinkering with his tractors, bird watching and being outdoors, especially if he was fishing.
Survivors include his wife Shirley, of the home at Cainsville; two sons Christopher Flatt(and wife Lari) and Howard Flatt III, and a brother, Arthur Flatt Sr. (and wife Tonya) all of Des Moines; a sister Patricia Bauer (and husband Ron) of Newton, Ia; and one grandson, six nieces and nephews, and nine great-nieces and great-nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Cindi Flatt; and a sister-in-law, Barb Gray.