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August 26, 2010

Andrea Irland, Outdoor Recreation Planner, National Park Service, lists Monroe County points of interest at the Aug. 17 Monroe County Meeting for Regional Trails Charrette held at the Senior Center. Photo by Martha Ackerman

Trails Charrette Held
Andrea Irland of the National Park Service led a meeting concerning regional trails Aug. 17 at the Monroe County Senior Center. Approximately 30 interested citizens. Dottie Milton and Danny D. Popp, who are members of the Ohio Valley Riverfront Development Committee in Belmont County were also in attendance.

The purpose of the meeting, noted Milton, was to take a look at the strengths and to get stakeholders together to develop future trails, noting that Belmont County has very few trails. Monroe County has only the trail located off Airport Road and, according to Chad Wilberger, of Wayne National Forest, there are a few trails in WNF. 

A brainstorming session was held to identify the good things and points of interest Monroe County has to offer. Ideas were shared. Some of the points of interest mentioned included Ring’s Mill, Lamping Home-stead, Kiedaish Point, Piatt Park and Shadow Lake. “I think what we’re identifying here is Monroe County’s best kept secrets,” said Aaron Miller.

Aaron and Charlene Miller of Team Monroe have been actively pursuing the development of trails in the county and are working with neighboring county groups to possibly connect trails.

“I encourage you to continue to think regionally,” said Irland. “Putting counties together gives more opportunities for grants.”

A September meeting is being planned in Belmont County.

New Monroe County Board of Elections Deputy Director Sworn In

A new Monroe County Board of Elections Deputy Director was sworn in Aug. 20 at the office of Beth Rose, Clerk of Courts. “I’m anxious for Aug. 23 to come for Molly to come on board,” said Board of Elections Director Betty Rousenberg as she gave Molly Landefeld a packet of information after she was sworn in by Rose. “I’m eager to get started and I hope to do the county a good job,” said Landefeld, who graduated from Ohio University Athens with a major in accounting and business pre-law. Shown, from left, are Dustin Landefeld, Molly Landefeld, Clerk of Courts Beth Rose, Board of Elections Director Betty Rousenberg, Jeannette Coss, Becky Highman; back: Davey Landefeld with Mason, Paul Highman and David Landefeld.                Photo by Martha Ackerman


Concerns About New Schools Voiced 
by Taylor Abbott
Staff Writer

Following an hour and ten minute executive session that began minutes after calling the board meeting to order, Sardis resident Kevin Winkler voiced his concerns.

“What was the purpose of the executive session and why were the architects called back into the meeting?” asked Winkler.

Board president Scott Dierkes said, “We had a lot of questions and comments that the architects needed answers to.”

“Where, in the Ohio Revised Code (ORC), does it underline the need to enter into executive session with the architects? That should be public; these are public schools that are being built with public money. This is why people are becoming upset and worry that money is going to be taken from one school to build another,” said Kevin Winkler.

Dierkes said that dates, monies, turning lanes, additional costs, and even complications were being discussed that have delayed progress at the building sites.

Superintendent Larry Elliott said that the hiring of personnel and construction matters were addressed in the session and were required to be kept confidential.

Winkler insisted the session was not allowed according to the ORC because it does not permit an executive session regarding the building of public schools. He then said that the executive session checklist  had 16 purposes listed on it that specifically state the purpose for the executive session.

Winkler said the following were marked as the purpose for the session:

• To consider the appointment of a public employee or official.

• To prepare for negotiations or bargaining sessions with public employees concerning their compensation or other terms and conditions of their employment.

• To review negotiations or bargaining sessions with public employees concerning their compensation or other terms and conditions of their employment.

• To consider matters required to be kept confidential by federal law or regulations or state statutes.

Kevin Winkler said that beginning the executive with four board members and then calling the administrators and architects back into the meeting was wrong. He added that public disdain and anger over the lack of progress at each building site is only made worse by actions like that.

Dierkes repeatedly said that there was nothing to hide in the meetings, only to keep confidential what is required of them.

Board member Janet Schwall, addressing Winkler, said, “Please let me make it clear; we are not trying to hide anything. We are dealing with the state. We’re not trying to hide anything; we’re only discouraged because things are not going as smoothly as we would like but we will all have something great when these schools are built. When you leave here, tell people we are not hiding anything; I promise you that. Tell people to call us with their questions and we will make every attempt to answer them.”

In an unrelated matter, Kevin Winkler asked about a report that the Hannibal Pool will be closed next season because of construction at River High School. The board said that it has been discussed but nothing is definite yet.

Following the discussion, George Richardson, administrative assistant, addressed Winkler’s earlier comments by saying, “In regards to the money set aside for each school project...We cannot, under any circumstances, take money from one school and give it to another to cover the costs of the other school. It just can’t happen...Each school has been allocated a set amount of money and each must stay within their budget. That means adjusting and revising plans if a problem arises to make certain it remains within budget.”

According to documents, each school project is designed around a budget. That budget must remain unchanged. If a project faces a problem and may go over budget, the project is stopped, plans are revised until a new plan that works comes under budget  and then the project resumes. No money can be taken from one school to accommodate another. Every school will be built using money set aside specifically and only for that school.

In other business, the board discussed money that has been earmarked for turning lanes on State Route 78 that will lead to Monroe Central High School and Woodsfied Elementary. The total cost of the project will be $1.2 million. $600,000 will come from the Ohio Department of Transportation.

In an unrelated matter, Tom Scott, community developer, requested the board’s consideration for investing money into the Commerce Park feasibility study. Dierkes said certain laws must be followed and the board would provide Scott with information when available. 

Following the discussion of new business, the board again entered into an executive session for matters required to be kept confidential by federal law or regulations or state statutes. 

The Board of Education will hold their next meeting on September 2 at 6 p.m.


~ 2010 Junior Fair Royalty ~

The Monroe County Junior Fair got underway with the Monroe Central Band, 4-H floats, political candidates and several horses. The evening turned cooler but the excitement heated up for Monroe County Junior Fair Royalty candidates Monday evening. Cassie Amos, the 2009 queen, and Rikki Decker, 2009 princess, were on hand to crown the 2010 royalty, from left, King Mitchell Earley, son of David and Amanda Earley of New Matamoras; Queen Ayla Isaly, daughter of Devin and Lisa Isaly of Powhatan Point; and Princess Ciara Smith, daughter of Randy and Connie Smith of Lewisville. Photo by Martha Ackerman 

Board  Meets at the County Fair

by Taylor Abbott
Staff Writer

Behind the century old grandstand at the Monroe County Fairgrounds, Monroe County Commissioners held their regular meeting on August 23 beneath the entertainment tent.

Spencer “Woody” Frame met with commissioners at 9:30 a.m. to discuss the possibility of the county placing an ad in Frame’s up and coming magazine.

According to Frame, the magazine will be very similar to one which is published in Amish Country. He said that his magazine will focus on tourism in the Ohio Valley, centering on counties and communities bordering the Ohio River

“The businesses of Monroe County have really shown an interest and have taken ads to support this effort and promote the county,” said Frame. 

Frame reported that the magazine will be distributed at various home and garden exposition shows across Ohio, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania. He said that the first issue will be out in September. According to Frame, 20,000 issues are being printed. The magazine will have 5 issues a year.

Commission president John Pyles asked about the ad size and whether the magazine will be placed on the internet. 

Frame said a live link will be placed on the county’s advertisement that will be circulating on the magazine’s website. Through that link, website visitors can click on it and redirect them to Monroe County’s new website.

“I’m trying to bring people together because each area of the county tries to be their own  ‘island in the stream.’ But if we can do this collectively, there’s a lot of potential ahead,” said Frame.

Commissioners agreed that the ad would be well worth the money. A final decision on the matter was not rendered at that time. 

According to Frame, the ad cost will be shared by the Chamber of Commerce and the county. The ad is expected to be $1,674.96 annually.

In other business, Jeanette Harter, Jobs and Family Services (JFS) director, met with commissioners to discuss several issues.

Harter first presented commissioners with a 2010 fiscal year summary with the following report from July 1, 2009- June 30, 2010:

1) Food stamps issued: $1,279,888

2) Fraud collection: $3,383.05

3) PRC loans (car repair, rent, utilities, etc.) $83,518.90

4) Emergency services to preserve or reunify children in their homes: $39,564.94

5) Post adoption subsidy: $6,482

6) Supplemental employment program: $18,056.12

7) Adult program (both regular and stimulus) this program pays for tuition, books, travel, etc. for adults in the county to further their education: $50,944.70

8) Dislocated worker program: $132,691.35 (both regular and stimulus)

9) Youth in and out of school program: $153,241.79 (both regular and stimulus, for youths ages 14-21 and was extended to age 24 for the stimulus grant).

10) 705 visitors in the one-stop resource room. Provided free internet access, resume writing, faxing, copying and telephone access for those needing assistance.

11) JFS assisted Voith Hydro twice with their hiring process. JFS interviewed 40 people individuals. Most hired were Monroe County residents.

12) JFS established 3 Project Hire accounts worth $18,000 to Voith Hydro. Voith will receive this money to help with training costs and employment needs.

According to Harter, JFS federal funds were cut $175,402.14 and will be reduced when it receives the final 3 allocations for fiscal year 2011. Cuts in the state fiscal year grants were cut $49,810.89. 

The 2010 summer youth program was a success with Harter offering the following statistics:

• Spent $145,385

• 71 youth participated

• 34 work sites participated

• Wages were $7.35/ hour for students, $10/ hour for youth leaders/ monitors.

• Four work sites hired or are in the process of hiring the youth that worked for them, with one monitor securing a full time position because of her experience.

• Most work sites are requesting the same workers to work for them again in 2011.

Child support performance has improved significantly according to Harter. 

“We are exceeding performance measures at the state level in two of four categories and are only five percent away from meeting performance measures in the other two. Prior to 2009, we were failing performance in all four categories,” said Harter.

Within child services, the department has facilitated the adoption of five children in 2009 and are finalizing two adoptions for this year.

According to Harter, “There were 79 abuse and neglect complaints screened into the agency and 23 screened out.”

In finishing her report Harter noted various agency-wide accomplishments since changing to four 10 hour days, including:

• Utility savings from January 2010- August 2010 $13,562.65

“No overtime has been paid out to any employees. Children Services is working less overtime because they are able to perform home visits after school lets out at 3:30 p.m. and can get many of them accomplished before the 5:30 p.m. quitting time. It is also important to note that absenteeism is at its lowest level and we are receiving a very positive feedback from the public because we are available before the public starts work and after they end their workday,” said Harter.

Harter added that most benefits have been automated and are loaded on debit cards at the state level. She said, “The days of picking up a benefits check are over.”

In closing, Harter said, “We are very proud that we are one of them few JFS left that have not lost jobs. There have been no layoffs in fiscal year 2010 and to date in fiscal year 2011. This is a testament that we are continually doing more with diminishing resources and serving the community with vital programs.”

Commissioner Carl Davis complimented Harter saying, “These accomplishments have been completed because of you  and your exceptional staff.”

Pyles said, “This is great and it is because of Jeanette and her staff that JFS is operating where it needs to be.”

In other business, Harter announced that the GAAP conversion has been completed. 

Harter said much was completed in the short amount of time that was given to finish the audit.

To clarify an issue that has been brought up about Harter handling the GAAP conversion, she said, “The GAAP audit is not an audit of the county offices or my own office; it is a compilation of the statements to change them from cash to GAAP.”

Harter and commissioners praised Lisa Woodfurd, Local Government Services, for her hard work and dedication to her job.

Davis and Price thanked Harter for her services and time in assisting with the GAAP  audit conversion. According to Price, the county saved roughly $25,000 by utilizing Harter’s services.

Following the meeting, commissioners toured the fairgrounds and viewed the newly painted grandstand. The paint was donated by Sherwin-Williams to the county for the specific purpose of using it for the grandstand according to commissioners.

Monroe County Commissioners will hold their next meeting Monday August 30 at 9 a.m.


Around the Burnside  

Money isn’t everything, but it sure keeps the kids in touch.

You know it’s going to be a rough day when you wake up looking like your driver’s license picture

This is a busy time of the year, with the county fair, school starting and dog days all coming together.

As a result of a project of the Pioneer Larger Parish, we purchased a back pack and supplies for a student. I’m really glad I didn’t need a back pack when I was attending grade school. I do think maybe some who were the top students had what we called a book satchel. I didn’t have one.

I was reading the other day, the suggestions, maybe requirements, a first grader should bring to school the first day. Wow! I counted 26 things they should have the first day. This counts the items not just different things. I would have never made it. I don’t remember what I had to take to the first grade, except maybe I knew when I needed to go to the bathroom. I do remember a couple of boys in the second grade we called dirty neck boys. I also recall being a “Bluebird” in the third grade. This was a special group for us. Oh well, times change.

Thinking about school I got to wondering how many of you remember the ink well in our desk way back when? You had an ink holder you could stick in the hole and write with a stick pen. You dipped it in the ink and did your writing in ink. I think it was around the third or fourth grade you got to use a pen. I never did learn to master the stick pen as most of the time my stick pen would stick. Then the fountain pen with the rubber inside that you sucked the ink into and you could write without sticking your pen in the ink well. This type of pen could make a big blot if it came apart. Ink and I never did get along very well together.

I forgot to mention it last week and I’m sure you have seen the picture of our outstanding horseshoe pitchers in the county. Several finished high when all was counted up. this was the World Contest which is no little backyard contest.

Then I understand the building where the event was held was, of all things, air conditioned. How’s that for living high on the horse?

Our horseshoe pitchers in the county are to be congratulated on their accomplishments at the World Contest. It’s good to know we have folks in the county that can really pitch - horseshoes that is.

Did you hear about the thief that stole a calender and got 12 months?

Just when you think you have things figured out things change. Because my Topsy Turvy tomato had four tomatoes and a lot of bloom dropping off, I thought maybe my neighbor in Malta was correct. I had set out my tomato in the wrong sign.

I was wrong. My tomato now have at least nine or more tomatoes at various stages of development. One not as big as the end of your little finger. I’m not sure how many I’ll have reach the red phase, so I’m not counting my tomatoes until they are ready to provide the inside of a sandwich.

I am a tink disappointed, I thought I’d have good display of tomatoes for the fair. Someone did have an excellent Topsy Turvy tomato plant at the fair last year. Oh well, I can’t write Master Gardener after my name yet.

As I sit here on the deck trying to think of something to write about and lawn mowers are in operation and I can almost hear the stupid grass in our lawn growing. Due to having to be away from home several days last week, our lawn was almost the same as mowing hay on Monday. I will have to admit it was much easier to do than with our race horse and little mule years ago.

All things that show up on the internet are not all bad. Sometimes you get somethings you had never heard and it turns out to be correct. For example, the hatching of eggs.

The eggs of a potato bug hatches in seven days, those of the canary in 14 days, those of a barnyard hen in 21 days, those of ducks and geese in 28 days, those of a mallard in 35 days, and those of the parrot and ostrich hatch in 42 days. Notice, they all are divisible by seven, the number of days in the week.

Also the four legs of an elephant all bend forward in the same direction. A horse gets up on its two front legs, a cow with its two hind legs first.

Now, don’t try to tell me this just happens.

Middle age is the awkward time when Father Time starts catching up with Mother Nature.

What makes church attendance drop off during the summer? Is summer weather the fault?

Our Readers Write 

Dear Editor,

I’d like to express my appreciation for the responses I’ve gotten about the Feiock Store article. It’s so gratifying to know that people still remember Grandpa and Uncle Chuck so fondly. Good memories are one of God’s many blessings.

Janet Stoffel

Dear Editor,

Read with interest the scam in today’s Beacon. I had a friend (not from the area) that fell for that sort of thing. I’m forwarding this email I got yesterday because it is the same type of thing, only by email. I had received a warning just last week about this on the internet. I wouldn’t have been tempted to do it anyway, but how many people might be? Good to get the warnings out!

Customer Service!

This mail is to remind you of your registered package. CONTENT: Bank Draft of $800,000.00 USD officially registered by an Official of the United Nation Lottery Board.

For your information the VAT and COD have Date: 5th of June 2010. This parcel has been in our custody for too long and we are about returning it to the sender if you do not come up and claim your parcel immediately.

For your information the VAT and COD have been paid. Please contact FedEx Delivery  Department Mr. David Moore for shipment details and requirements.

Email:  dmoore001@yahoo.cn
Phone: +234-8098-6751-51

It is mandatory to reconfirm your postal address and telephone number: Full Name: Address: City: Postal Address: Phone: Country:

NOTE: Delivering of your fund will cost you $165 to deliver your fund to your door step, if you are not interested in getting your fund please do not contact Mr. David Moore.

Thanks, Pat Shaw

Dear Editor,

Here’s to all the volunteers that give countless hours, money and exhaustive energy for the welfare of Monroe County’s abused, neglected and all too often abandoned animals. These are the unsung heroes.

Why do the volunteers do it? Unconditional love. For every animal that enters our shelter doors an average of $100 is spent. Each and every dollar raised is spent wisely and cautiously to benefit these animals. We rely on community fundraisers and private donations to make this shelter work. These individuals are the true unsung heroes and need your continued support. What helps the most? Please spay and neuter your pets.

Sincerely, Ilaina Carter



Dear Editor,

Why were we fooled by Switzerland of Ohio Schools again?

First of all, I want to thank you for voting for the school levy for new school buildings. If you did not vote for it, I say thanks and you were not fooled by the school administration. The administration told us voting for these buildings would create world class education for the students. New buildings do not compensate for good teaching or hiring qualified teachers.

If you look at the Agriculture Mechanics program at Swiss Hills Career Center in the past few years we would find that after two well qualified teachers retired from the program, it has went down hill with students not participating in FFA or having SAE projects. Martin Winkler, board member Ron Winkler’s son, having no agricultural mechanics education was hired through an alternative licensure process. Then in January, Martin took a leave of absence and a full time substitute was put in the classroom.

At a June board meeting Nathan Merrifield was hired as the new agricultural mechanics teacher. He is the son of a current teacher at Swiss Hills Career Center, again we find another teacher licensed alternatively. Nathan the step-son of former agricultural mechanics teacher Gary Cook, went to college at WYO Tech for high performance auto and then worked at Whitesides of Cambridge obtaining collision and refinishing certificates. I agree that Nathan may have engine background. Nathan has agreed to a contract that includes 30 total extra days that we are paying for over two years to offset the cost of his education, so he can renew his alternative license in a couple years. Why should we pay for schooling for someone, when they had a highly qualified teacher according to No Child Left Behind and Ohio Department of Education apply for this position? Legally can they hire Nathan, yes, is the short answer. Ethically should they have hired him? You’ll have to answer that yourself.

We have great students in this school system and we expect our funds to be used wisely. Send a loud and clear message to the board members and superintendent. You need to call Superintendent Elliott at 472-5803 or board members: Scott Dierkes, Edward Carleton, Teresa Gallagher, Ronald Winkler, and Janet Schwall, and tell them that this is Switzerland of Ohio School District not the family and friends school district. Contact me at: jeffreyw carpenter@yahoo.com

Jeffrey W. Carpenter


■  8-26 Classifieds


Callista L. Habig, 77, 168 Andover Rd., Woodsfield, died Aug. 18, 2010 at Emerald Pointe, Barnesville. She was born June 6, 1933 in Proctor, W.Va., a daughter of the late Albert and Bernetta Barbara Shutler Herrick.

She was a homemaker and a member of St. Sylvester Catholic Church, Woodsfield.

Surviving are her husband, Charles K. Habig, whom she married July 4, 1953; three daughters, Dolores Habig of Canton, Barbara (Mark) Williams of Woodsfield, Mary Habig of Springfield, Vermont; six sons, Charles (Shirley) Habig of Malaga, Daniel (Lisa) Habig of Wilson, Bradley Habig of Lewisville, Wendell (Missy) Habig of Bridgeport, Bruce (Danyel) Habig of Woodsfield, Karl Brent (Kay) Habig of Delmar, Delaware; a brother, Albert Herrick of New Martinsville; three sisters, Helena Baxter of New Martinsville, Rose Goddard of Proctor, Virginia Novel of Moundsville; 22 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren and two great-grandchildren on the way.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by seven brothers, Edwin, John, Andrew, Martin, Eugene, Clem and Tom Herrick; and two sisters, Beulah Estep and Lucille Herrick.

Friends were received Aug. 22 at Watters Funeral Home, Woodsfield, Funeral liturgy with mass was held Aug. 23 at Sylvester Catholic Church, Woodsfield, with Rev. Fr. David Gaydosik officiating. Burial followed in the St. Sylvester Catholic Cemetery, Woodsfield. Vigil services were held Aug. 22 at the funeral home.

Raymond “Jimmy” Reisch-man, 94, Miltonsburg, died Aug. 16, 2010, at Woodsfield Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. He was born Sept. 1, 1915 in Monroe County, a son of the late Nicholas and Barbara Riesbeck Reischman.

He drove bus for St. John the Baptist Church, worked at Stegner Tire Shop and worked as a mechanic for the Chevrolet garage in Woods-field and spent many years working at Bob’s Chevrolet in Barnesville before opening his own garage in Miltonsburg.

Surviving are his wife of 71 years, Edith Kress Reischman of Miltonsburg; a daughter, Barbara Reischman of Mil-tonsburg; three sons, Roger (Pat) Reischman of Barnes-ville, Dale (Joan) Reischman of Glendale, Arizona, Virgil Reischman of Marietta; a brother, Eddie Reischman of Miltonsburg; four grandchildren, Chris, Michael and Joey Reischman of Glendale, Arizona, Terra Reischman Donathan of St. Clairsville; and great-grandchildren, Ryan, Taylor, Luke and Aiden. 

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant son, Raymond, who died at birth; two brothers, Clem and Francis Reischman; and an infant grandson, James Michael Reischman.

Friends were received Aug. 18 at Bauer-Turner Funeral Home, Woodsfield. A private Mass of Christian Burial was held Aug. 19. Burial was in St. John the Baptist Catholic Church Cemetery, Miltonsburg.

Memorial contributions may be made to Woodsfield Emer-gency Squad, Woodsfield VFD or the Monroe County Sheriff’s Dept. K-9 Unit.

Condolences may be expressed at www.bauerturner.com.

Ralph Ernest Earley, 85, Manor of Wayne, Wayne, MI, died May 23, 2010. He was born May 16, 1925 in Woodsfield, a son of the late Asher O. Earley and Rose Yockey-Earley.

He served proudly in the U.S. Army, 63rd Infantry Division, during WWII in Germany and France, where he was awarded the Bronze Star. He graduated from Ohio State University with a long career in Pharmacy in both Ohio and Michigan.

Surviving are two daughters, Lorraine Demeter of Westland, MI and Cheri Bosworth of Mt. Morris, MI; son-in-law, John Demeter; brother-in-law, Franklin Scott; sister-in-law, Beatrice Pifer; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, whom he met and married in Berlin, Germany, Sarah M. Childs-Earley and who also served four years in the U.S. Army during WWII; and a sister, Martha Lou Earley-Scott.

Condolences may be made to Ralph Earley Family at 419 Plum St., Westland, MI 48186.

Crane Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Martha L. Reynolds Potts, 82, Sardis, died Aug. 19, 2010 at Reynolds Memorial Hospital, Glen Dale, W.Va. She was born Aug. 23, 1927 in Sardis, a daughter of the late Ralph and Clara Holtsclaw Reynolds.

She was a loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She was a homemaker; a member of Duffy Church of Christ; Duffy VFW Ladies Auxiliary; and a member of the Sardis Community Club and Lights Committee.

Surviving are a son, Nick (Dee) Potts of New Martinsville; five daughters, Bonnie (Jerry) Sands of New Martinsville, Vonna Jean (Terry) Sincox of Martins Ferry, Deborah (Mike) Herrick of Hannibal, Brenda (Doc) Beegle of Sardis, Jill (Harold) Neely of Copperan Cove, Texas; two brothers, Ralph “Bud” (Willa Mae) Reynolds of Navarre, Harold Reynolds of Wooster; a sister, Madonna (Don) Arman of Florida; 16 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Wilson “Nick” Potts, Sr. on April 4, 1987; two brothers, Charles and Elmer Reynolds; and five sisters, Helen Greene, Juanita Bolen, Margaret Price, Della Fagert and Mary Crawford.

Friends were received Aug. 22 at Grisell Funeral Home, Sardis, where funeral services were held Aug. 23, with Evangelist Dave Lively officiating. Burial was in Harter Cemetery, Hannibal.

Sympathy expressions at grisellfuneralhomes.com.