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Hi & Merry Christmas to everyone from the folks here in the Bootheel of Missouri & other places around the Country.

Yuma, AZ - Feb. 27, 2002
Ezra Melton Hartwas born Aug. 29, 1921 in Parma, MO and died Feb. 27, 2002 in Yuma, AZ where he lived since 1986.

He was the son of the late Martin Allen Hart and Hannah Melton Hart. Ezra was preceded in death by six older brothers and one sister and his youngest child, Clara Jo (Jody).

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Geneva, and five children; Jean Hart (Alexander Zatarain) of Los Altos, CA., Larry Hart (Sandra Hart) of Cathlamet, WA., Kay Hart (David Patterson) of Portland, OR., Michael Hart of Vancouver, WA., and Stephen Hart (Sharon Hart) of Cathlamet, WA. He is also survived by ten grandchildren, eleven great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends, all of whom will miss him.

Ezra was a member of the United Methodist Church since early adulthood. He was also a member of the Longview-Kelso B.P.O.E and a past president of the Kelso Lion’s Club. He had many interests including wood working, stringed musical instruments, and gardening. Ezra’s sense of humour and gregarious nature were his defining characteristics.

A memorial service will be held at Gila Mountain United Methodist Church, 12716 N. Frontage Road in Yuma, AZ. 85367. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the building fund for the Gila Mountain United Methodist Church or to the chairty of choice.

** (Note) Uncle Ezra suffered a massive stroke on Sunday, February 3, 2002 when he was getting ready for Church.

Winchester, TN - Mar. 13, 2002
Henry Kirby Hart,age 81 of Winchester, TN died March 13 at Beverly Healthcare. He was born in Franklin County and worked as an analyst with ARO. He was a member of the Methodist Church and Masonic Lodge 158 in Winchester. He was a veteran of the U. S. Army, having served in WWII. He is survived by wife Bethel Hart of Winchester, daughter Joy La Nell Arnold of Huntsville, Ala., son Wayne Hart of Winchester, brother Sam Hart of Tucker, GA., sister Dolly Hill of Ringgold, GA., five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Service was March 14 at Moore-Cortner Chapel with Rev. Tim Brown officiating. Interment was in Franklin Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers were Mike Bell, Brad Bell, Jack Bell, Robert Rogers, Bill Anderton and Marion Anderton. Moore-Cortner Funeral Home in charge of arrangements..

(Note: Henry is shown on page #137 of the James Hart & His Descendents book, published in 1976.)

Jeremy J. Roussel Graduates
Jeremy J. Roussel, graduated from Gilbert High School in Gilbert, AZ on 23 May 2002. He is the son of Bobby & Patti Roussel of Gilbert, AZ & the grandson of Marie (Hart) Roussel of Chandler, AZ. Congraulations to Jeremy & we wish you the best in the future.


Ellaina Christine Swallows arrived on 19 June 2002, weighed 6 lbs 10 oz. to Travis & Diana Swallows in Alamogordo, N. M. Congraulations to Travis & Diana, the grandmother Donna Mansfield & Great Grandparents Neal & Christine (Hart) Mansfield of Dudley, MO.

Conner William Marsh arrived on 6 Aug 2002, weighed 7 lbs 12 oz in Portland, OR to Amy Wilkinson. Congraulations to Amy & the grandfather Dan Wilkinson of Sunriver, OR & great grandparents Patsy (Aslin) & Jim Lucas of Vidor, TX.

Kaylea Nichole Hart arrived on 1 Oct. 2002, weighed 7 lbs 10 oz in Cape Girardeau, MO to Nichole Musgrave & Corey Hart. Congraulations to Nichole & Corey & the grandfather Alan L. Hart, all of Dexter, MO.

Twenty Fifth Annual Hart Reunion

On Sunday, June 2, the descendants of Martin A. Hart and Hanna I. (Melton) Hart held their 25th annual Hart reunion at the American Legion Building in Dexter.

M. A. Hart, master of ceremonies, welcomed everyone to the reunion & Ruth (Hart) Jennings gave the treasurer’s report.

Attending the the reunion for the first time were; Carl & Linda Queen from Zionsville, PA. Carl is a descendent from the Jesse J. Hart family who settled in Bollinger County, MO in 1883. Danny & Carolyn Williams, Norris City, IL. Marie (Hart) Roussel of Chandler, AZ. Steve Lucy of Pacific, MO. Some of the others that attended hadn’t been here for 15 years or more. Good to see them again.

The blessing was given by Ruth (Hart) Jennings. The Pot-luck dinner and visiting was enjoyed by 53 relatives & friends.

Those in attendance were; Marie (Hart) Roussel, Chandler, AZ; Keith & Kimberly Roussel, Shawnee, KS; Stan Hart, Estes Park, CO; Neal Mansfield & Donna Mansfield, Dudley, MO; Doug, Judy & Dave Mansfield, Steve & Lisa (Mansfield) Lucy, Pacific, MO; Dale Kirkbride, Dexter, MO; Lucille (Hart) Bennett, Cape Girardeau, MO; Vera (Hart) Ross, Ruth (Hart) & Jack Jennings, Dexter, MO; Larry & Sandy Hart, Cathlamet, WA; Carl & Linda Queen, Zionsville, PA; Danny & Carolyn Williams, Norris City, IL; Ora Hart, Advance, MO; Harold & Dorothy Hart, Bell City, MO; Dick & Sharon Hart, Essex, MO; Mitchell & Mary Hart, Amos (Butch) & Sharon & Cody Hart, Advance, MO; Angie & Colleen Hart, Bell City, MO; Tammy (Hart) & Ray Goodson, Jackson, MO; Vera Staggs, Wilma Jean Staggs & Virginia (Staggs) Young, Dexter, MO; Alan Hart of Dexter, MO; Corey & Dalton Hart, Nickie Musgraves, Dylan & Brooke Bader of Bloomfield, MO; Kim & Brenda Hart & children, Kevin, Brittney, Amanda & Stephanie, M. A. & Eloise Hart of Dexter, MO.

A film of family pictures beginning in 1893 was shown after dinner.

An auction was held afterwards & our auctioneers this year was Dick & Butch Hart.

Next year’s reunion will be held on June 1st at the American Legion Building in Dexter.

Keith Roussel, the grandson of the late Starlus & Lizzie (Grampp) Hart & the son of Marie Roussel & the late Kenneth K. Roussel wrote the following about Southeast Missouri where he was born & grew up as a young man.

By Keith Roussel Raincrow

The hot afternoon thunderclouds, and the breeze, bring notes form him in the trees, on this river, where catfish are found,

Whithin the sound of his call, leaving all who hear it aware, that he is no weatherman,

While he can be the singer of short monotones, the rain does not always heed his song,

The old women chopping cotton called him raincrow, or maybe the Chickasaws named him in their tounge, long before the white man came to the black swamps of the Castor and St. Francis,

Maybe, so long as his calls are heard in the long light of late afternoon, this yellow-billed citizen of summer will tease us with promises of rains to still the dusty roads, so near to yesterday...(c) kkr 6/23/89

Will I be the only one to mourn the great swamp’s passing, among the cypress and pin oak, where the delta of this river begins,

Will I be the last to sit in this shade and ponder the beginnings, and endings this water has passed, soaking roots older than mortals still here wandering,

Will I be the last to mourn the great swamp’s passing, as I watch the Wahite flow, where the willow and cane still grow, washed in waters from the rocky hills and gravel ridges,

This land, once owned by the black panther, wild pig, and cottonmouth, that has gone to farms to feed the hungry, and the fat, giving life to bellies far from these places,

Will I be the first to cry on a summer afternoon, when the sounds of the raincrow fill my memories, from the tall cottonwoods along the Bellefountaine bottoms.

Will I be the last to want to hear, this repertoire of longing, songs and notes reluctant to leave the air, to fall on my mind in the warm afternoon,

Will I always want to hear his calls to me, from where the low spot at Red Onion rolls off into Arkansas, that yellow-billed work of the Almighty, cracking the humid quiet with an imponderable medley,

From the sloughs and bottoms where he sings of his dread of what may one day be, are remembered today, by me, so well,

There are those in my world who have not the aural image of his soulful cry, placed as is mine, in the time and places where he is heard, maybe for the last time, someday,

They do not hail from the southeast corner of Show-me, they live within themselves, although there is body, they will never be filled with old times, with hauntings of wildness and calm, like I feel this time, from home ....(C) kkr 6/19/90

Several Attend Annual Pyle Reunion

On the first Sunday in June each spring, the descendants of Nicholas Pyle meet for a reunion at Kingdom Church, south of Carmi, IL.

A bountiful carry-in-dinner was enjoyed by Mrs. Stanley (Wilma) Brocket of Dallas, Texas; Sarah (Pyle) Abersold and Mrs. Wayne (Margaret) Pyle of New Albany, Ind.; Kent, Crystal, Grant and Afton Anderson and Larry and Pat Anderson, all of Norris City; Mrs. Bill (Arden Pyle) Williams of Evansville, Ind.; and Kelly and Ellen Pyle, Betty Blazier, Kathryn and Wade Pyle, Glenda (Pyle) Ackerman, Cassie Hughes, Sarah Hayes, Doug, T. J. Maggie Ann and Graci Lou Ackerman, Mike, Dianna, Tara, Casey and Bren Anderson, the Rev. David and Patti (Pyle) Woodruff and Emily and John and Jay Pyle, all of Carmi.

Mrs. Pershing (Hazel Turner) Howell, Ray Turner and J. T. Gwaltney visited in the afternoon.

The Rev. Lyman Greer of Norris City, pastor of the church, gave the invocation before the noon meal.

The afternoon was spent viewing old photographs brought by Hazel Howell and Betty Blazier, picture taken and talking about “old times.”

The 2003 Pyle reunion will be the first Sunday in June with the same officers in charge.

77th Catlin reunion held Norris City, Illinois

The 77th reunion of the Catlin family was held Sunday, June 23, 2002 at Norris City Park with about 75 in attendance. Visiting, picture taking and lots of good food was enjoyed by all. These Catlins are descendants of Rubin and Ester Chase Catlin that came into Heralds Prarie Township from New York in 1825-26. They came from Indiana, Missouri, Kentucky, Florida and Illinois.

Among those enjoying the day were Veda Stewart, Jerry and Bonnie Holman, Lee and Naomi Frymire, Eva Hayden, Guthrie and Mariam Catlin, Steve Catlin, Dewight and Ruth Catlin, Aubrey Catlin and family, Muriel Pool, James and Minnie Catlin, Rosalyn Pruell, Laura White and Grady Pipkins, Ken and Pat Stucky and family members, Fred Buttery, Chad Harris, Barbara and Jim Hall, Alicia Anulore and Samantha and Vanessa, Nancy, Chase and Taylor Farmer, Kathie Jensen, Fleta, Henry and Crystal Guffey, Bobby Williams, John Williams and family, Junior Williams, Hilda Williams, Danny Williams, Letha Porter, Alma York, Leon & Margaret Hale, Pat O’Neal, Otto Brown, Bob and Garnet Phipps, Carol and Adam Klein, Orley and Jean Bryant, Larry and Glenda Maynard and Mary Baker. There were others that did not sign the register.


I was in the Hospital from April 23rd to April 27th & had another Stent put in an artery. Have done very well since then.

Christine (Hart) Mansfield was in the Dexter Hospital for 4 days & then the Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau, for over a week in May & had 3 Stents put in an artery. She’s had a long recovery, but doing better at this time.

Gene Fulks, husband of Sue (Hart) Fulks was in the Hospital twice this year. Both times in Tuscon, AZ & had an Aneurysm taken care of & then went back & had a hernia operation. They came back here in Sept. for a short visit. Sure glad to see them.

Richard (Dick) Hart was admitted to the Southeast Missouri Hospital on Sept. 21 with a heart attack & had to stay a week. The Doctor’s put in 3 Stents & a Pacemaker. Dick seems to be doing good & is taking re-hab three times per week.

I may have included some of the following infor- mation on Great Aunt Elsie A. Hart in a previous Newsletter, but have came up with more infomation in recent months, that I find interesting & hope that you all do the same.

Noah Conway MELTON Birth: 3 Sep 1880, White Co, IL
Death: 1900, Herald TWP, White Co, IL
Burial: Herald Cem, White Co, IL
Father: Warren Allexander MELTON (1859-1890)
Mother: Laura Juliana HENDRIX (1861-1912)

See Melton Family data. Noah's middle name is also shown as "Conoway". Uncle Star Hart told me in Aug 1982 that Noah Melton was buried at the Herald Cemetery, Wh Co, IL & had no grave marker.

Spouse: Elsie A. HART Birth: 19 May 1883, IL
Death: Nov 1910, Broughton, Hamilton Co, IL
Burial: Nov 1910, Hickory Hill Cem, Hamilton Co, IL
Father: Martin M. HART (1845-1919)
Mother: Martha EMERSON (1851-1927)

Information: White Co, IL marriages, Vol 2, pg 218, Vol 3, pg 30, both by Harriett Vaught. See 1900 White Co, IL Federal Census, Family #183, Herald's Prairie TWP.

Copied from the White County Tribune, Carmi, IL, 28 Apr 1910.

HERALD NEWS, 28 Apr 1910. Mrs. Elsie Nelson is very ill.

TENNESSEE BEND NEWS, 26 May 1910, Mrs Frank Nelson is on the sick list.

TENNESSEE BEND NEWS, 9 JUN 1910. Mrs. Frank Nelson is on the sick list.

HERALD NEWS, 16 Jun 1910. Frank Nelson is rebuilding his Robinson Seporator.

TENNESSEE BEND NEWS, 23 Jun 1910. Frank Nelson and wife were in Cottonwood Saturday. Martin Hart of Broughton is visiting his daughter Mrs. Elsie Nelson of this place.

HERALD NEWS, 20 Oct 1910. Mr. & Mrs. Martin Hart are visiting their daughter Mrs. Elsie Nelson at this place. A. (Al) Hart and sister, Elsie Nelson visited friends in Brownsville, Sunday.

HERALD NEWS, 10 Nov 1910. Frank Nelson and Family moved to Broughton Monday.

Elsie died in either Oct or Nov 1910. Uncle Star or Uncle Velt told me that Elsie die at her parent's home in Broughton, Hamilton CO. IL? Elsie was married to Noah Conway Melton first & they had one daughter, Martha (Mattie) Melton, born 7 Jan 1901 in White CO, IL & she married Sherman Elder. Sherman died in 1932 & is buried at the Hickory Hill Cem, Broughton, Hamilton CO, IL. Marr: 12 Nov 1899, White Co, IL


Martha (Mattie) (1901-) Martha (Mattie) MELTON

Birth: 7 Jan 1901, White Co, IL

Mattie was a Nurse's helper & Guard at the Kankakee Prison when she was 18 to 25 years of age. This would have been sometime between 1919 to 1925.

Uncle Star Hart told me that Martha came to see him in the late 1950’s when he was living in Dade City, Florida, but he was not at home & she left a note on the door saying that she had been there, & would be in touch with him later. He never did hear from her again.

Leroy Dees of Valier, IL wrote me in Oct 2002 & told me that Mattie (Melton) Elder’s half sister Maggie Nelson who married Randall Hicks got a divorce & remarried & moved to Florida in the late 1940’s.


Could Maggie have moved to the Dade City area to be close to her half sister Mattie (Melton) Elder?

Did Mattie remary after Sherman Elder died in 1934?

Spouse: Sherman ELDER
Birth: ca 1899
Death: 1932
Burial: 1932, Hickory Hill Cem, Hamilton Co, IL

Sherman was supposed to have been a Barber in Eldorado, IL when he & Mattie were living there?

Henry Frank NELSON
Birth: 26 Jan 1875, White Co, IL
Death: 9 Apr 1927, West Frankfort, Franklin Co, IL
Burial: Hickory Hill Cem, Hamilton Co, IL
Father: Charles "SQUIRE" NELSON (1841-1907)
Mother: Margaret Pamela POOL (1846-1914)

Carmi Tribune - Times, Carmi, IL, 13 Apr 1927, pg #16.

HERALD NEWS. We are sorry to learn that Frank Nelson a former White County resident, past away at his home in West Frankfort. Frank was a Carpenter & ran a Saw Mill. Frank was living in Frankfort Heights when he died. See Death Certificate, State of Illinois, 11 Apr 1927.

1910 White Co, IL Census, Herald's Prairie TWP, Family #124, 29 April.
Nelson, Henry F. Head M W 34 Ml 5 yrs
Nelson, Elsie Wife F W 27 M2 5 yrs
Nelson, Florice I Dau F W 5 S
Nelson, Margaret Dau F W 4 S
Nelson, Lena M. Dau F W 2 S
Melton, Martha S/Dau F W 9 S

1920 Franklin Co, IL Census, Frankfort Heights, Family #745, 492 Cochran St., Frankfort Heights.
Nelson, Frank Head M W 45 Wd Carpenter
Nelson, Florice Dau. F W 15 S
Nelson, Lena Dau. F W 12 S

See Nelson Family data.

Spouse: Elsie A. HART
Birth: 19 May 1883, IL
Death: Nov 1910, Broughton, Hamilton Co, IL
Burial: Nov 1910, Hickory Hill Cem, Hamilton Co, IL
Father: Martin M. HART (1845-1919)
Mother: Martha EMERSON (1851-1927)

Marr: 25 Jul 1903, White Co, IL

Florice I. (1904-1940)
Margaret (Maggie) (ca1908-)
Lena Murel (1908-2001)
Florice I. NELSON
} Birth: 9 Jun 1904, White C., IL
Death: 24 Jul 1940, Waltonville, Jefferson Co., IL
Burial: Hickory Hill Cem., Jefferson Co., IL

Florice (Florence) signed her father's Certificate of Death as Florece DEESE, therefore I assume that she married a man by the name of Deese. On the 15th of Nov 1994, I checked the marriage records in Benton, Illinois, (Franklin Co) & found no marriage record. Therefore they must have went to another county to get married. Illinois Statewide Death Index 1916-1950 list a Florice Irene Dees died 24 July 1940 in Waltonville, Jefferson Co., IL.

E-mail from Patricia Staley, of Jefferson Co., IL, dated 2 Sep 2002 that Florice is buried in the South Hickory Hill Cem. & that she was born 9 Jun 1904. She is listed on the 1920 Federal Census, Franklin Heights, Franklin Co., IL, dated 23 Feb 1920, living with her father & was 15 years old & that would be correct as she would have been 16 on 9 June 1920. There is also a Donald R. Dees, who died 14 Aug 1942 in Waltonville, Jefferson Co., IL & buried at the Hickory Hill Cem, & he was born 12 Jun 1922. Could Donald R. Dees been Florice’s son?

Mt. Vernon Register - News - Wed. 24 July 1940 Mrs. Florice Dees, Dies at Home in Waltonville Mrs. Florice Irene Dees, wife of Baron Dees, died at 8:30 o’clock this morning at her home in Waltonville. Funeral services will be held at two o’clock Friday afternoon at the Waltonville Methodist church and burial will follow in Hickory Hill Cemetery. Besides her husband, Mrs. Dees is survived by three children, Donald, Leroy & Janice. The body will lie in state at the Fry Funeral Home in Waltonville where friends may call at any time up to the funeral hour.

Look at the Marriage Records in Jefferson Co., IL for Florice I. Nelson & _________Dees?

Spouse: Bearon DEES
Death: 14 Aug 1989
Children: Donald (1922-1942)
Leroy (1925-)
Janice (1932-)
Donald DEES
Birth: 12 Jun 1922
Death: 14 Aug 1942

Mt. Vernon Register-News - Sat. 15 Aug 1942

Donald Dees Rites Sunday Donald Dees, 2- son of Bryan Dees of Waltonville, died at his home there at noon yesterday. Funeral services, conducted by the Rev. Marsh Marpole of Mt. Vernon, will be held at South Hickory Hill church at 2 p.m. Sunday.

Leroy DEES
Birth: 15 Oct 1925

Janice DEES
Birth: 1 Jul 1932

Margaret (Maggie) NELSON
Birth: ca 1908, White CO, IL

1920 Federal Census, Village of Norris City, White Co., IL, Family # 169, 8 Jan.
Newcomb, Joanne Head F W 69 Wd
Nelson, Maggie Companion F W 13 S

Margaret (Maggie) Nelson, (who was a first cousin to my Dad, “Joe G. Hart”) married Randall Hicks 31 May 1924 & he lived at Logan & she lived at West Frankfort, Franklin Co., IL. Several years ago Uncle Velt Hart told me that Margaret’s sister “Lena” had married a man with one leg, by the name of Hicks in Franklin Co., IL. The families had lost contact with each another back in the early 1930’s. I went to Benton, IL in the fall of 1994 & found their Marriage Certificate & it was Margaret who married a Hicks & not Lena. See Marriage Certificate, Franklin Co., IL dated 31 May 1924 & the marriage certificate was witnessed by DeWel & Jewell Hicks.

Spouse: Randall HICKS
Birth: 1902, Franklin Co, IL
Father: Dock HICKS
Mother: Purry MAN

Research: 1920 Franklin Co, IL Census, Benton TWP, Randall is listed as 16 years old, living with his parents Dock, age 42 & Martha Hick age 41, a brother __uel, age 15 & a sister Mildred age 3 yrs & 9 mos. Dock was listed as a miner & Randel was listed as Labor Miner. Marriage Certificate, dtd 31 May 1924, Franklin Co, IL.

Married: 31 May 1924, Logan, Franklin Co, IL

Children: Betty Billy Glen

Betty HICKS - No other information.
Billy HICKS - No other information.
Glen HICKS - No other information.

Lena Murel NELSON*
Birth: 2 Feb 1908, White Co, IL
Death: 27 Sep 2001, Girard, Macoupin Co., IL
Burial: Girard Cem, Macoupin Co., IL
Obituary, Girard, IL

Lena M. Beaver, 93 of Girard died Thursday, Sept. 27, 2001, at Doctors Hospital. She was born Feb. 2, 1908, in Herald, the daughter of Henry F. and Elsie A. (Hart) Nelson. She married Emil Cornille; he preceded her in death. She later married Harley Beaver; he preceded her in death. An infant son also preceded her in death. Mrs. Beaver worked as a cook in the former Fiesta Restaurant in Virden. She later worked at the dress factory in Virden and in various restaurants in the West Frankfort area for may years. She was a member of Third Presbyterian Church. Survivors: a son, Emil (wife) Charleen) Cornille Jr. of Metropolis; a daughter, Elsie (husband) Clarence “Smokey”) Cornille-Stoll of Girard; nine grandchildren; 14 great-grand children; and a great-great-grand child. Services: 1 p.m. Saturday, Calvert and Ferry Funeral Home in Girard, the Rev. Stephen Miller officiating, Burial: Girard Cemetery. Spouse: Emil CORNILLE Children: Emil, Jr. Elsie Other spouses: Harley BEAVER Emil, Jr. CORNILLE Elsie CORNILLE Lena Murel NELSON* (See above) Spouse: Harley BEAVER Other spouses: Emil CORNILLE

Dexter, MO - 16 Oct 2002
Bill Aslin, son of the late Dave Aslin and Minnie Harper Aslin, was born June 16, 1922 at rural Dexter, and died in the Beverly Health and Rehabilitation Center in Dexter on Oct 14, 2002, at the age of 80.

Mr. Aslin was of the Baptist faith, a former line worker for Ozark Dairy in Dexter, and a resident of Dexter. He was united in marriage to Mildred Launius on May 27, 1944, at Bloomfield, and she survives of the home in Dexter.

Other survivors include one daughter, Kathy Tinker of Grover City, Calif, one brother, Rube Aslin of the State of Washington; three sisters, Leah Wilson of the state of Washington, Marion Moody of Sikeston, and Marjorie Ann Hopkins of Alton, Ill.; three grandchildren; and one great grandchild. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by one son, Dale Aslin, two brothers, Clifton Aslin and Ray Aslin; two sisters; Sylvia Page and Ruth Stone. Visitation will be held from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. today Wednesday, Oct 16, 2002.

Funeral services will then be conducted at 2:00 p.m. in the Rainey-Mathis Funeral Chapel with Rev. Calvin Buhler officiating. Interment will follow in the Walker Cemetery near Bloomfield. (Note: Bill was the uncle of our cousins Patsy (Aslin) Lucas, Bob, Jim & Gary Aslin & Susan (Aslin) Sundins.)

Advance, MO - 8 Nov 2002
Letha Irene Livingston, the daughter of the late Joseph and Bertha Miller Kearby, was born Sept. 22, 1911, at Datto, Ark., and died Nov 7th, 2002 at St Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. Mrs. Livingston worked as a cook and nurse’s aide. She was also a homemaker who enjoyed quilting, and many benefited from her talent. She was united in marriage to Albert F. Livingston on Dec. 11, 1929, at Sikeston, and he preceded her in death on Feb. 18, 1995.

Survivors include four sons, Floyd Livingston of Bell City, Joe Livingston of Cape Girardeau, Gene Livingston of Bowling Green, Ky., and Allen Livingston of Frutland; two daughters, Mary Alleta Robertson of Delta & Sue Long of Cape Girardeau; 18 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; and 16 great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by three brothers and four sisters. Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m today, Friday, Nov. 8, 2002, at Morgan Funeral Chapel in advance. Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Saturday. Nov. 9, 2002, at Morgan Funeral Chapel in Advance with Pastor Denny Robertson officiating. Interment will follow in Foster Hills Cemetery in Morley.

(Note: Mrs. Livingston was the mother of Gene who is married to our cousin Genesse Hart.)

Dallas, TX - Dexter, MO
Travel in the 21st Century was exemplified on Nov 6th when Kevin McClintick flew his helicopter from his house in Dallas, Texas and landed on the lawn at Kerry Gilbow’s house in Dexter, Missouri. Kevin’s sister Theresa Brown was in the Co-Pilot seat. They flew in to visit their Missouri Aunts and Cousins. Kevin and Theresa are the children of Helen (Hart) and Bill McClintick of Williamsburg, VA.

Home on Furlough
Travis Swallows, wife Diana & daughter Ellaina Christine came home on Nov 3rd to attend his Grandmother Lola (Slaughter) Waters funeral. Travis & his wife are both in the Air Force & presently stationed at Alamogordo, NM. After the funeral they spent a few days visiting with other family members.

Sioux Falls, S. D. - 26 July 2002
Lola M. (Melton) Besta & Glenn E. Cummings were married in Sioux Falls, S. C. on 26 July 2002. Congraulations to Lola & Glenn & we wish you all the best in the future.

Dexter, MO - 8 Nov 2002
Alan L. Hart & Della (Jackson) Price were married at the Ark of Hope Church, Dexter, MO. at 6: p.m. Nov. 8th, 2002. Congraulations to Alan & Della & we wish you all the best in the future.

? ? ? WHERE IS GOD ? ? ?

A couple had two little boys ages 8 and 10 who were excessively mischievous. The boys were always getting into trouble and their parents were at their wits end as to what to do about their behavior.

The mother had heard of a clergyman in town who had been successful in disciplining children in the past. They decided to send the boys to him and he agreed to see the boys but asked to see them individually.

The 8 year old went to meet him first. The clergyman sat the boy down and asked him, “Where is God?” The boy made no respose so the clergyman repeated the question in a stern tone, “Where is God?” Again the boy made no response, so the clergyman raised his voice even more and shook his finger in the boy’s face, “WHERE IS GOD?”

At that the boy bolted from the room, ran home and slammed himself into a closet. His older brother followed him into the closet and said, “What happened?” The younger brother replied, “We are in BIG trouble this time! God is missing and they think we did it.”

Author unknown.

*** Looking Back ***

Hartshorne, Oklahoma, Thurs. Nov. 3, 1955
Sgt. Vic Hart To See Duty in Germany Sgt. Vic Hart, son-in-law of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Beck, Dow, will report to New York on December 10, to sail for Germany. Mrs. Hart and the baby son, Danny, will come to Dow in November to stay with her parents for a while, later joining her husband in Germany. Sgt. Hart will bring her. They have returned to Fort Knox, Ky., after visiting here for two weeks. (Note: Vic was the son of the late Joe & Ann Hart of Dexter & had been drafted into the U.S. Army in Oct. 1945 at the age of 15. (He told the local draft board that he was 18). Other than a short period of time between two terms of service, he continued to serve in the Army until 1968, when he retired as First Sergeant.)

Dexter, MO - Year 1959
Miss Jeanne Hart, a senior at Bloomfield High School, has been awarded a scholarship from the Sherwood School of Music in Chicago, Ill. The daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Ezra Hart, is active in school music programs and is a student of piano under Mrs. Marlie Ardinger of Dexter.

Dexter, MO - Jan 23, 1972
Neal Mansfield, Stoddard County farmer, has filed for the Democratic nomination for State representative for this, the 157th district. The post is presently held by Jim Spain who is seeking the Democratic nomination for Attorney General. Mansfield filed this week with Secretary of State James Kirkpatrick in Jefferson City. Mansfield, who farms west of Dexter, has been Federal Crop inspector in Stoddard & Butler counties, but has resigned that position to seek the political office. This is the first time he has sought poilitical office. He has been a resident of Stoddard County since 1934. (Note: Neal is our cousin Christine Hart’s husband).

Carmi, IL - Mar 1951
The Times profiled Judge Ulys Pyle of Carmi. The was born near Stokes Station; his father was a Civil war Veteran and his mother (who died recently at 98) was one of the last seven surviving Civil war nurses. He practiced law in Missouri & Oklahoma, farmed a bit and did some government service in Washington, D.C. before returning to White County in 1917. He was elected County Judge the next year and held that position for four years. He has been active in the First Baptist Church, Kiwanis Club of Carmi and in the practice of law.


Folks, many of you have visited Eloise & I & our family at 716 N. Catalpa Street in Dexter over the past 46 years & 6 months & we have ejoyed all of your visits.& gatherings We have seen both of our son’s grow up there. They played in the yard, climbed the trees, played basketball behind the garage, baseball & other games. Remember a base ball going through a neighbors window, one time, cut’s & bruises that they had, also some fights & disagreements with their friends. Remember them catching the Schoolbus, Boy Scouts, Float trips to Current River, taking them & their friends fishing. Remember taking them to Sunday School & Church. They married, moved, had children. foster children of their own & grandchildren. Had some of the best neighbor’s & friends that a person could ever ask for. Saw many of them pass away & we grieved with their families & other’s just moved from the neighborhood. Saw our parents, grandparents, uncles, aunts & cousins pass away, while living there. Many memories. “I could go on,and on.”

Our new address is: 1009 Cedar Ln. Dexter, MO. 63841.

Attends Class Reunion
Kirk Gilbow & wife Judy Ann came to Dexter from Denver, CO to have Thanksgiving with his mother Vera (Hart) Ross. While here they attended his 25th Class Reunion. Has been two years since they had been home. Good to see you Kirk & Judy. Greeley, CO

Jeremy Oaster & his wife Megan graduated on May 11, 2002 from the University of Colorado in Greeley, CO. He received a degree in Psychology & Megan’s was in English. Grandma Nancy (Hart) & Grandpa Rick Prrry of Tracy, CA, along with the proud parents Kim & Brad Oaster plus Megans parents & other family members & friends attended the ceremony. Congraulations to both Jeremy & Megan & we wish you the best in the future.

(Note: Jeremy is the great grandson of Aunt Mamie (Grissom) Hart & the late Uncle Milas Hart.)

Fayettville, TN - 18 Nov 2002
Jerry Wayne Montgomery, 74, of Shelbyville, former head instructor of Commercial Dirivers Institute of Murfreesboro, died Monday Nov. 11, 1002.

A Petersburg native, he was a member of the Church of Christ. American Legion, V.F.W. and a graduate of the Morgan school for Boys in Petersburg. He attended Tennessee Tech and was a veteran of the U. S. Army, having served in World War II, 101st Airborne. He was the son of the late Fred M. and Wilma (Hart) Montgomery.

Survivors include a son, Charlie James Montgomery of McMinnville; daughter, Judy Ann Mangus of Port St. Richie, Fla.; brother, Bill Montgomery of Oak Ridge; caregiver, Betty Menck of Shelbyville; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Sunday at Hillcrest Funeral Home with Ed Boggess officiating. Interment was in Old Orchard Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Hospic of Highland Rim. Hillcrest Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. (See Pg 108 of Hart Book.)


Martin M. Hart was born 20 Apr 1845 in Pope Co., IL to John Henry & Cassandra (Jones) Hart. He married Martha Emerson 12 May 1869, White Co., IL. Martha was born 21 May 1851, White Co., IL to William E. & Mary Ann (Pyle) Emerson. According to Martin M. Hart’s declaration for a Pension, after they married they lived in IL until 1873, then in TN until 1875, in IL until 1885, in MO until 1891 & in IL until his death 14 July 1919. Great Grandma Martha Hart died 28 Aug 1927 & both are buried at the Hickory Hill Cemetery, Broughton, Hamilton Co., IL.

They had the following children:

Amy Hart, born 17 Mar 1871 in IL & died at the age of 3 in KY. (Pension record does not show that they lived in KY??) (Anyone know for sure??)

Maggie Lou Dica Hart, born 21 June 1874, died 1 Feb 1899 & buried at the Kingdom Cemetery, White Co., IL

Henry Ezra Hart, born 17 Feb 1877 in IL, died 2 Dec 1865. He married Lillie Hedges 26 July 1899 & she died 29 May 1960 & both are buried at Knob Prairie Cem., Akin IL.

Martin Allen Hart, b 3 Nov 1879 in IL, died 26 Jan 1959. He married Hannah I. Melton 27 Jan 1901 & she died 27 Dec 1959. & both are buried at Hagy Cem., Dexter, MO.

Elsie A. Hart, born 19 May 1883 in IL, died Nov 1909. She first married Noah C, Melton 12 Nov 1899 & he died before the birth of their first child. It is a possibility that he is buried at the Herald Cem., White Co., IL? Elsie married second Henry Frank Nelson, 25 July 1903 & he died 9 April 1927 & both buried at Hickory Hill Cemetery, Broughton, IL.

Mollie Dawson Hart, born 19 Dec 1886 in IL, died 1905 & it is not known where she was buried?

Our New Address is:
M. A. & Eloise Hart 1009 Cedar Lane Dexter, MO 63841

We wish you peace, We wish you heaps of delicious food and many kisses under the mistletoe. And in the midst of it all, we wish you warm memories of holidays past and new moments to remember with those you love most.


REMEMBER - The Hart Annual Reunion is Sunday, 1 June 2003 at The American Legion, Dexter, Missouri


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