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1895 Death Notices in the St. Joseph, Missouri Herald and Daily News

Monica Schirmer Eshelman has sent in her abstract of the 1895 deaths mentioned in the St. Joseph Missouri Herald and Daily News. She’s able to work faster because there are now only two newspapers, but also because the further you go back, the fewer obituaries and death notices are available. But she still parties on! Thanks, Monica!

1895 Death Notices in the St. Joseph, Missouri Herald and Daily News

1896 Death Notices in the St. Joseph Missouri Herald, Gazette and Daily News

Monica Schirmer Eshelman has sent in her abstract of the 1896 deaths mentioned in the St. Joseph Missouri Herald, Gazette and Daily News.

1966 Missouri Death Certificates are Scanned!

Got the email I’ve been waiting for — the 1966 Missouri death certificates have been scanned and are ready for indexing.

In the past, if you didn’t get on it pretty quickly, you were left out. It only took two or three days to get the job done. However, now they are also indexing the parents’ and spouses’ names, among other things, so it takes longer, but it’s well worth it. It also gives you plenty of time to help!

You can email Kelsey Berryhill, the volunteer coordinator, to add your name to the list of volunteers. Thanks for the help! 🙂

1901 Death Notices in the St. Joseph Gazette-Herald and Daily News

Monica Schirmer Eshelman has sent in her abstract of the 1901 deaths mentioned in the St. Joseph Gazette and the St. Joseph News-Press. She has since commenced working on 1900 which should arrive soon, considering her dedication!

1901 Death Notices in the St. Joseph Gazette-Herald and Daily News

Tombstone of a Robidoux

Tombstone of a Robidoux.

Slab Marking Place Where Body of Franklin Robidoux Once Rested Unearthed by Graders.

Workmen employed in grading North Second street, in the vicinity of Cherry street, yesterday afternoon unearthed a plain marble slab which had marked for years the last resting place of J. H. Franklin Robidoux, the youngest son of Joseph Robidoux, the founder of St. Joseph. The headstone had crumbled only slightly and was in a good state of preservation. It was taken out about three feet below the surface of the earth.

The summit of the hill that slopes to the east and south in what is now Second street was formerly a cemetery. It was among the first platted after St. Joseph was laid out. Here nearly all of the members of the Robidoux family were buried. As the settlement known as the “Blacksnake Hills’ grew in size and population, it . . . [Yes! There’s more!]

1898 Death Notices in the St. Joseph Missouri Herald, Gazette and Daily News

Monica Schirmer Eshelman has sent in her abstract of the 1898 deaths mentioned in the St. Joseph Missouri Herald, Gazette and Daily News.

1897 Death Notices in the St. Joseph Missouri Herald, Gazette and Daily News

Monica Schirmer Eshelman has sent in her abstract of the 1897 deaths mentioned in the St. Joseph Missouri Herald, Gazette and Daily News.

DeKalb County Wills from Book 1

It’s taken weeks to clean up, but I think I caught most of the missing files and images. Please, if you find missing things, let me know. A lot of pages and files were removed from the server because they were compromised. But I still have “good ones” — it’s just a matter of figuring out what needs to be replaced. So please, if you find a problem, let me know about it!

If you’re a DeKalb County researcher, there is good news for you. The wills from the DeKalb County Will Book 1 have been uploaded and some of them are real goldmines. As always, some of them are no help at all — the guy who leaves his entire estate to his surviving children, but doesn’t name them? Or his wife? In contrast, and for a giggle or two, check out the will of John . . . [Yes! There’s more!]

1905 Deaths from the St. Joseph Gazette and News-Press Newspapers

Monica Schirmer Eshelman has sent in her abstract of the 1905 deaths mentioned in the St. Joseph Gazette and the St. Joseph News-Press. She has since commenced working on 1904 which should arrive soon, considering her dedication!