Silvey J. Ray

S. J. Ray was born near Westville, in Chariton County, Missouri in 1891 the youngest of nine children. At the age of five he made his first drawing, on the front of a pine drawer in which his father kept his carpentry tools. He was named Silvey, he said, possibly because his family favored unusual … > More >

A Veteran’s Family

Carl T. Wright and Freda Wright were married in the 1940’s. From their marriage, eight children were born: seven boys and one girl. Carl was a farmer, Freda a homemaker. Both of their families have a history of service in the United States military. Carl had five brothers who served in World War Il. His … > More >

M.H. “Slick” Taylor, Jr. (1909-1986)

US Navy, 1942-1945

On Friday, November 1, 1940 The Marceline News printed a List of Serial Draft Numbers. Mann
Howe Taylor was #457.

On Friday, October 23, 1942 The Marceline News carried the following:

Mr. Taylor Leaves Nov. 3

Equipped with three pipes, four cans of smoking tobacco and three large boxes of matches, > More >

Pioneer Families

Oldham & Adair Families

Mary Ann Sportsman and M. G. Oldham both of Chariton County, were united in marriage July 29, 1857, moved to a home two and one-half miles southeast of Marceline, and became the parents of nine children: J. G. Oldham, H. H. Oldham, M. G. Oldham, Richard Oldham, Alva Oldham, Sally Oldham, … > More >

Bird Helton

Mr. Bird Helton came as a small boy with his family from Kentucky in a covered wagon pulled by oxen. The family located in Macon County until 1907 and then moved to Marceline. He was employed by the coal mines for over fifty years. He married Annie Love who had moved to Marceline from Pennsylvania … > More >

Janies F. Pendleton

James F. Pendleton, father of Larkin C. Pendleton, and grandfather of Walter Pendleton, pioneers of Marceline, was one of the two first white settlers in Linn County. He and a companion came to Locust Creek country in 1830 on a hunting exhibition. They found the country in accordance with their desires and determined to … > More >

C. G. Bigger

In 1844 Harrison Bigger and wife Lucinda Crews Bigger arrived in Linn County from Marion County, Kentucky. There were five children born to this union, one of which was Clellan Guy.

He was county surveyor for several terms as well as holding other county offices. While in office as county surveyor he assisted in … > More >

My Grandpa or, The Pioneer’s Call

Whenever I think of my grandparents
I wonder, “Just how did it feel
To leave comforts and loved ones and cherished spots
And ride to the end of steel?”
And what did they find when they arrived?
Only a sprawling space
And tents the only abode for awhile
In this wild and lonely place.
But … > More >