Thursday, April 17, 2008


A Special Invitation from Gone West Publications
to MoSGA Messenger Readers

Gone West Publications is pleased to announce that all eleven volumes of Howard, Boone and Randolph Co, MO Newspaper Abstracts are now available on CD as well as in book form! The new CD format allows independent researchers a more affordable resource with easy, every-word search capabilities that could launch their research into whole new family lines in seconds!

But, before you invest, investigate Gone West Publications' on-line indices! If you have ancestors in central Missouri, don't miss this opportunity to browse through the indices for all 11 volumes now available on-line. Nearly 80,000 Missourians are listed in these PDF's and the indices are yours to view as you please! To do so, go to the following link and click on the book or books that interest you most.

Here's a look at what you can expect from these books:

Randolph Co, MO Newspaper Abstracts, Vol. 1:
Thursday, October 17, 1889
Pg. #3: Everett Fullington, the 11-year-old son of John Fullington of this vicinity, took a notion four or five weeks ago that he would strike out for himself and boarded the train at this point for NE. Not being able to find employment in that State, he crossed over into KS, where he secured work, but the labor was heavy, the fare light and wages low, and on Saturday last he returned to old Randolph co, thoroughly disgusted with life in the West, and satisfied to spend his future in grand old MO, the land of plenty.

Boone Co, MO Newspaper Abstracts, Vol. 1:
Thursday, June 28, 1888
Pg. #3: Long lost Ike Crisman has returned home. Some two months ago, he drew $500 from the bank, stating that he was going down the river to buy hogs, but would be back in a day or two. Mrs. Crisman had given him up as dead and employed a man to run the farm near here while she looked after the growing crop on Gallinipper Island. After six weeks, she received a postal card from Kansas City, stating that he was domiciled in the work house in that city, working out a fine. She paid his fine and brought him home. Ike states that some four weeks ago, he was arrested for carrying concealed weapons and was fined $50. Having no money, he was placed in the workhouse to work it out at the rate of 50 cents per day and board.

Boone Co, MO Newspaper Abstracts, Vol. 6:
Friday, March 23, 1906
Pg. #1: We have received from our friend, Mrs. Mary Bysfield, one of the oldest residents of Rocheport, the St. Louis Republican, dated May 3, 1883. In it is an account, telegraphed from Columbia, of the trial of Mike Shroyer, who murdered his wife near Sturgeon, Boone co, in October 1876. After the crime Shroyer disappeared and his whereabouts was not known until six years later, when he was found near Joplin, MO, working as a grader on a railroad. He was found guilty and sent to the penitentiary for ten years, but died before the expiration of his term. Terry Bradley, a native of Rocheport, and father of Brooks Bradley of the Democrat staff, was one of the jurors. The defendant would likely have been hanged, but got a light sentence largely owing to the immoral character of the woman he slew. In the fall of 1876, Shroyer, with his wife and three children, left Marshall, KS, for Miami co, IN, to collect money coming to her from her first husband's estate. In passing through Boone co they stopped at the home of Mr. Gulick, near Sturgeon, to get feed for their team The woman in the wagon said then that her husband had threatened to kill her that very night. The following February some woodchoppers found the mutilated remains of a human being, and it was very easy to trace the crime to Mr. Shroyer.

Howard Co, MO Newspaper Abstracts, Vol. 1:
Thursday, Jan 8, 1885
Pg. #7: Mrs. Green of Macon City, MO, widow of the late Col. Clark H. Green, formerly of Glasgow, died suddenly of heart disease at Joseph, MO, Dec 30th, aged 56 years. She had been visiting friends in that city and started to the depot to go to Dakota on a visit to her son, William Green. Burial at the cemetery of St. Joseph. She once lived in Fayette and was a daughter of Dr. Snelson, who for many years resided here. Hall K. Green, who has been living at Cape Girardeau for several years, is a son of the deceased. Mrs. Green was born May 3, 1825 in Louisa co, VA and came to MO with her parents when a child. On Feb 22, 1853, she was married to Col. Green at Fayette. On Jun 17, 1865, the family moved to Macon City where the Col. died in Sep 1871. [An informative letter from the Dr. to Mary Green is included.]

Howard Co, MO Newspaper Abstracts, Vol. 4:
Thursday, Jul 12, 1906
Pg. #1: Fred Jones, son of Sanford Jones, and Emma Jones, daughter of William Jones, both of near Lisbon were first cousins, but that did not prevent them from falling in love. They wanted to marry, but the laws of Missouri prevented such, so they eloped to Oswego, KS, where they were made husband and wife Jul 5th. They then came back to Clinton, MO.

As you may have noted, these volumes are more than just a powerful genealogical tool. They also offer the reader a peek into the social values and cultural aspects relevant to their ancestors' time period. The historical significance of the articles found in these newspapers is a great learning tool for the armchair sociologist and the genealogist who has hit a brick wall. I hope that you will find them useful.

Kind Regards,

Sherry Raleigh-Adams
Gone West Publications
28018 Deer Trails
Jonesburg, MO 63351
Tel: (636) 488-5230

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