Broseley Missouri

A history of Butler County Missouri with an emphasis on Broseley, Poplar Bluff and Batesville from a perspective of the surnames Deem and Head.

Thursday, March 06, 2008

Standard Certificate Of Death for Eldon Loy Deem

This was the son of Loy and Geraldine (Foster)Deem, who died at 28 days old from Pneumonia and was buried at City Cemetery in Poplar Bluff, Mo. March 9th, 1941. Giles Deem was the reporting informant.

Here is the Certificate Of Death for Alice Josephine Head (Blackeston), wife of Sidney C Head and mother of Louis L. Head and his brothers and sisters.

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Chapter XIV
Goose Creek Settled

Transcribed by Janet Waite

The Deemses. - Adam Deem was the pioneer of Goose Creek. He was of English origin, but his ancestors migrated from England to Ireland, shortly after the conquest of this "isle" by William of Orange, and from there they came to New England near the year 1725.

But the first connected and authentic history of the family in the "New World" begins with Adam Deem, senior, who was born at Hagerstown, Maryland, in 1757, and served as a soldier of the Continental army during the American Revolution. This same Adam Deem removed from the place of his nativity to Pennsylvania in his early manhood, and finally in his old age, came to this county, where he spent his last hours, on what is known as the old "Deem homestead" just across the mouth of Goose Creek. Here he died, in 1861, at the great age of one hundred four years, and on this homestead, beside his wife, he lies at rest.

He was the father of seven sons and five daughters. The names of the daughters are wanting, but the sons were as follows: Adam (junior), Phillip, Jacob, John, James, David, and Isaac G. Deem. All of whom married and reared families.

Adam Deem, junior, married his cousin, Hannah Deem, and came here from the place of his nativity - Greene County, Pennsylvania, near the year 1810, and settled on the farm that is now owned by Mrs. M. J. Hall, near the mouth of Goose Creek. He was the first denizen of the wilderness here; was a soldier of the war of 1812, and was a typical pioneer hunter. He died in the "Buckeye State" near the year 1867, and there he rests. His wife also rests in Ohio, but not by his side.

He reared a large family, which were as follows: Abraham, John, Adam (III), Isaac, Philip, Jacob, Margaret (Mrs. John Turvey), Charlotte (Mrs. M. Turvey), Melissa (Mrs. James H. Davidson), and Elizabeth (Mrs. Adam Ware).

Philip Deem (son of Adam, senior) was born in Bedford County, Pennsylvania, on January 10, 1785, and in 1809, he was married to Miss Rachel Kidwiler, who was born on April 1, 1790. In 1810, they came to this county and settled ten miles below Cairo, on the river - on the farm that is now owned by Cornelius Bradley, and Alexander Douglass. Here Mrs. Deem passed away, on August 5, 1856, and on January 4, 1865, her husband joined her on the other side. They both rest on the Dotson farm at Rusk.

Philip Deem was a soldier of the war of 1812, and was in the fierce engagement at Lundy's lane (on July 25, 1814). He was the father of a large family. His son, Perry, died in his early manhood; James married an Irish lady and settled at the old home, where he died in 1868; Adam, who was a minister of much ability, went to Indiana, where he fell asleep. The rest of his family were daughters; viz., Elizabeth, Rachel, Cathrine, Hannah, Roena, Mary, and Cinderilla.

Elizabeth married Peter Coyle and her only daughter is Mrs. John Booth, of Barbour county.

Hannah married James Marshall and lived in Wood county. Her children were Jacob, Frank and Alice Marshall.

Cathrine was the late Mrs. James Stuart, of Goose creek.

Roena was the late Mrs. Frederick Lemon, of Macfarlan, and Mary was the late Mrs. Benjamin Philips, of Rusk. (See Lemon and Philips histories.)

Rachel married Daniel Donley and died at her home on Elm run, in 1907. She was the last survivor of the family of Jacob Deem, and her children are - the late James, Donley, Philip, Thomas, Joseph, Rachel, Bridget, and the late Mary.

Cinderilla married John Bradley, and remained in this county, where she reared a large family; viz. Philip meat a tragic death at a picnic at the Ritchie Mines in 1882; John and Rachel died young; Cornelius lives near Rusk; Mary A. is Mrs. Meyers, of Cairo; Kathrine, Mrs. L.D. Cain; Ellen, Mrs. N. B. Delaney; and Hannah is Mrs. B.T. Jackson.

Jacob Deem (son of Adam, senior) married Miss Mary Lazier, of Pennsylvania, and came to this county not far from the year 1810, and established his home at the mouth of Bear run, below the Oxbow where he remained until death claimed him. He was one of the contractors of the Parkersburg and Saunton turn-pike, as early as 1838 or '9. He had five sons and four daughters; viz., James, who was the father of John Deem, of Smithville; Patrick, David, Jacob, and William; Elizabeth and Roena died unmarried; Susan is Mrs. B.B. Nutter, of Oxbow; and Louisiana, who was born in 1805, was the late Mrs. William Jenkins, who was laid in the Eddy graveyard in March, 1909.

It is claimed that Mrs. Jenkins was born in this county, and if this be true, the Deemses came here earlier than 1810. Mrs. Jenkins was married in 1825, and her husband died in 1863. Mrs. Daniel Eddy, of Macfarlan, is one of her daughters.

James Deem (son of Adam, senior) was a famous storyteller and hunter, and the scene of his pioneer settlement was across the Wirt county line, near what is now Freeport. Here he lived and died, and in the Freeport cemetery he lies buried.

He married Miss Rachel Sargent, who, after his death, with part of her family, went West, where she is sleeping. Their family were as follows: Nepthalem, Jeremiah, Jefferson, James, Franklin, Lucetta (Mrs. H. D. Nutter), Cathrine (Mrs. B. Mountz), Sarah (Mrs. Jesse Lee, of this county), Angeline (Mrs. Edward Lazure), Nancy (Mrs. Isaac Thornton), Matilda (Mrs. Goodnow, of the West), Armanilla (Mrs. Charles Ingrahm), Sacarissa and Rebecca's married names are missing, as they went West, and there choose their life companions. The families of these sons and daughters are scattered throughout Ritchie, Wood, Wirt, and some reside in the West.

Isaac G. Deem (son of Adam, senior) married Miss Nancy Enoch, and found a permanent home, and a final resting place on Goose creek. He was the father of ten sons and three daughters; Abraham, Calvin, Commodore, John M., Jeremiah, Matthew, Isaac, and tripletts that died in infancy, were the sons; and Margaret, who married Henry Lowther; Mary, wife of David Roberts; and Sarah Elizabeth, widow of the late Richard Dotson, and mother of Hon. C.D. Dotson, formerly of Elizabeth, but now of Parkersburg, are the daughters. They, with the two brothers, John M., and Calvin Deem, still survive.

John Deem (son of Adam, senior) lived and died at Freeport, in Wirt county. He was a soldier of the war of 1812, and, like the rest of the Deemses, came here very early in the century. He married twice, and had three sons at least, George, John, and Jehu Deem, and two daughters, Mrs. Rachel Black, and Mrs. Elizabeth Braden.

David Deem went West in his early manhood.

Other Settlers. -- William Douglass, whose history occupies a place in a former chapter, was the first to mark the forest in the Glendale vicinity.

Robert Armstrong settled at the foot of Goose Creek Hill, and Samuel Hamilton was another early pioneer; but we have been unable to learn anything definite concerning the history of either of these gentlemen.

A man by the name of Harris made the first improvement on Bear run, a small tributary of this stream. He came here from the "City of Brotherly love," and purchased a tract of four hundred acres of land for sheep raising purposes, but owing to his failing health, returned to his former home, after a brief stay here, and died in a short time. His daughter, Miss Rose Harris, is a teacher in the school for the Deaf and Blind, in Philadelphia.

The Harris estate was divided up and it is now owned by a number of progressive farmers, among whom are, John and Joseph Meshia, James Ross, William Sheets, B. Beall, S. S. Cowell, B. M. Cowell, and others.

Nathan and John Carter were other early settlers of Bear run, but this is all we know of their history.

A large tract of land (4000 acres) known as the "Harkness Estate," which was long under litigation, but which is now owned by Brent Maxwell, also, lies on this stream.

Mrs. Cornelia Storer, a very wealthy lady of New York city, also owns several thousand acres on Goose creek, and the Burnhams and Dr. Boles are other "landed-lords," who own large possessions here.

The name of the little stream of "Bear run" here had its origin in a fierce conflict which took place at Rockford, between "Injun Joe" Cunningham and a huge black bear, which resulted in defeat of bruin, who weighed six hundred pounds when dressed. (See Cunningham chapter.)

The Ross family, though not so early as the others mentioned, have been worthy citizens here for, perhaps, sixty years.

Robert Ross was born on Booth creek, in Harrison county, in 1810, and being left an orphan at the age of fourteen years, went to Tennessee to live with a married sister. At this age of the world, it was the custom for the farmers to "boat" thir products to New Orleans for market, and while here, he made several trips to the Crescent city on a flat boat. He served as a soldier in the Mexican war, having enlisted from Harrison county, and at the close of hostilities, again returned to his native county, where he was married to Miss Elizabeth Starks, and after spending the first few years of their married life there, they came to Goose creek, where they established a permanent home. Mr. Ross died in January 1880, and Mrs. Ross, in April 1886.

They were the parents of nine children; viz., Francis B. Ross, Jehu, James, Meshiac, Joseph (who lost his life in his burning dwelling early in the year 1910), Mrs. Phoebe Rinehart, Mrs. Martha Webb, Mrs. Luna Williams, all of Goose creek; and Mrs. Sophia Smith, of Washburn.

John J. (Rev.) Head was born on 24 Jun 1849 in Ireland.

Head, Sidney O APR 1887 ,,Missouri
F: John Alexander Selkirk Head
M: Samantha J Ward

# ID: I8427
# Name: John Alexander Selkirk HEAD
# Sex: M
# Birth: 29 DEC 1845 in ,,Mississippi
# Note:

!CENSUS: 1880 Census finds the family on p. 679A in Duck Creek,
Stoddard, Missouri: John A (34 MS NC NC farmer) & Samantha (18 MO --
TN) HEAD with children [not hers]: Sarah F (12 MS MS SC), John E (9 IL MS
SC), Thomas M (IL MS SC), and William P (2 IL MS SC)

# Note:

!CENSUS: 1900 on p. 55 in Blackriver, Butler, Missouri: John S (Dec 1845
M 21 yrs MS NC NC farmer) and Samantha J (Dec 1861 5 ch/5 alive MO MO
NC) HEAD, with children: James L (Aug 1881 IL MS MO farm laborer),
Hilliard H (Nov 1884 MO MS MO), Sidney O (Ape 1887 MO MS MO) and Mamie
V (dau Dec 1894 MS MS MO) HEAD. [Was Mamie really born in Mississippi?]

Father: James S HEAD b: 2 AUG 1802 in ,,South Carolina
Mother: Rebecca Moises BASS b: 29 DEC 1808 in ,,North Carolina

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Marriage 1 Mary WOOD b: in ,,South Carolina

* Married: 1866 in Aberdeen,Monroe,Mississippi


1. Has No Children Sarah f HEAD b: 1867/1868 in ,,Mississippi
2. Has Children John HEAD b: JUN 1871 in ,,Illinois
3. Has No Children Thomas M HEAD b: MAR 1873/1874 in ,,Illinois
4. Has Children William P HEAD b: 22 NOV 1876 in ,,Illinois

Marriage 2 Samantha J WARD b: 1861/1862 in ,,Missouri

* Married: 1878/1880


1. Has No Children James L HEAD b: AUG 1881 in ,,Illinois
2. Has No Children Hilliard H HEAD b: NOV 1884 in ,,Missouri
3. Has No Children Sidney O HEAD b: APR 1887 in ,,Missouri
4. Has No Children Mamie V HEAD b: DEC 1894 in ,,Mississippi
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Sidney C Head name surname city, Butler, info abt 1887 location info
Alice J Head Sidney C Head city, Butler, info abt 1882 info
Ina B Head Sidney C Head,
name surname city, Butler, info abt 1908 info
Julian L Head Sidney C Head,
name surname city, Butler, info abt 1909 info
Louis L Head Sidney C Head,
name surname city, Butler, info abt 1916 info
Ila V Head Sidney C Head,
name surname city, Butler, info abt 1919 info
Vila V Head Sidney C Head,
name surname city, Butler, info abt 1919 info
Dorothy M Head Sidney C Head,
name surname city, Butler, info abt 1921 info

Head Alice J. 02-21-1882 06-25-1951 Mole Hill
Head C. 04-02-1887 09-09-1973 Mole Hill
Head John Thomas 04-17-1927 09-15-2003 Masonic Naylor, Mo.
Head Robert Dale Sr. No Date Given 1/18/2001 Unknown
Head Vila 09-15-1918 11-22-1936 Mole Hill

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

The Republican
Poplar Bluff, MO
Thursday Evening, Dec. 11, 1924 (Price 5 cents) - front pg:

Beginning today Judge Deem's History of Butler County will appear in The Daily and Weekly Republican. Judge Deem completed his history some time ago but only recently did he grant the privileges of having it used in a newspaper. A portion of the history will appear on Thursday of each week until completed. The history contains much information of general interest in this section of the state. It deals with facts concerning Butler county from the time it was first inhabited until the present time. The first installment will be found elsewhere in The Republican.

‘History of Butler County Missouri’
by David Bruce Deem, Probate Judge, Butler County, MO

Towns and Villages of Butler County

Before 1849, when Poplar Bluff was selected as the county seat, there were
no towns in Butler county. The community centers were at the church houses
or dwellings of the settlers.

Tradition has it that about 1825 a man by the name of Gillis came up Black
river and established a trading post for the trappers and Indians on the
high land in what is now known as Gillis Bluff, or Carola, but no real town
was formed.

A store and postoffice was established by Judge Kelly near the present town
of Qulin.

Another post was established on Cane Creek on what is now known as the
Sparkman farm.


Hendrickson is located about 14 miles north of Poplar Bluff on the main
line of the Missouri Pacific railroad. The land was owned by Nathan W.
Hendrickson (father of Ward and James Hendrickson) and the town took his
name. It was the center of the Black river community. For a long time
Hendrickson was a timber and iron ore town and still is the community


Hilliard is a small town 7 miles north of Poplar Bluff, on the main line of
the Missouri Pacific. It was founded in 1872 and was a timber center where
ties, cord wood, and other timber products were loaded. It was first called
Hill’s Yard but later shortened to the name Hilliard after George Hill who
lived at that point and operated a wood yard. Since that time stores have
operated there.


This town is located seven miles south of Poplar Bluff on the Missouri
Pacific and was founded about 1872. It has always been a busy little town,
surrounded by a rich farming country, and the center of a large trade in
hewed staves, piling, and stave bolts. It has had several factories and is
still a lively community center. John Mangold, Captain Garrison, Jordan
Pennington were pioneers in the mercantile and timber business here. The
town was named Harviell after Simeon Harviell, a wealthy pioneer who owned
the land when the town was laid out.


Fourteen miles south of Poplar Bluff, on the main line of Missouri Pacific,
is the town of Neelyville, first called Neely’s after the owner of the land
where the town was located, but later called Neelyville. Situated in the
center of the vast timber region of the south part of Butler county, and
afterward the center of the large cotton country it has ever been a live
town. Very large lumber mills have been located there and tram roads ran
out to bring in the timber. In 1886 a branch railroad was built connecting
Neelyville with Doniphan. The Boyden-Wyman Lumber Company, owning immense
tracts of land in the vicinity, in the early 80’s erected an immense mill
and for many years gave employment to hundreds of men, and as the timber
was cut out farms were opened. At the present time there are several nice
stores, cotton gins and other activities. Neelyville has a fine
consolidated school, an active Chamber of Commerce and in every way
maintains one of the finest small towns in the county. It has several times
virtually been destroyed by fire, but in every instance it s citizens
bravely rebuild. The Abingtons, the Reynolds, the Barnhills, the Owens, the
Reises and others were the pioneer builders of this community.


Moark is a little town just across the county line in Arkansas and was
named after the States of Missouri and Arkansas and, while never large, is
quite a timber center, and located in a fine cotton country.


From the time of the building of the Cairo branch of the Missouri Pacific
railroad in 1872, Ash Hill was the leading town outside of Poplar Bluff up
until the late 90’s. It is located at the head of the high sandy lands
known as Ash Hill country. In the early days it was situated in a fine
timber country and having large saw mills, it flourished for years. It
early had cotton gins and grist mills, but in the late 90’s, Fisk, located
two miles east on the St. Francis river, absorbed a large part of the
activities of the town. It still has stores and is quite a community
center. Dr. B. C. Jones, Col. Hortsman, the Allisons, the Bates, the Hays,
the Catos, and others were among the early pioneers of the Ash Hill


Situated on the west bank of the St. Francis river, on the Cairo branch of
the Missouri Pacific Railroad, and on highway 60 eleven miles east of
Poplar Bluff is the live, progressive town of Fisk, with its splendid
consolidated school, its fine churches and stores, bank and other
institutions. This town was named after a timberman and river man, who
conducted a business before the town was organized. Later the Garetson
Lumber company located a large mill and factory, and after drainage made it
habitable, Fisk became a leading center for a large farming and timber


Situated about seven miles northeast of Poplar Bluff on the Frisco railroad
is the thriving little town of Rombauer, the community center for northeast
Butler county. In 1901 and 1902 the St. L. M. & A. Railroad constructed a
railway which entered Butler county near the northeast corner crossing the
county diagonally and leaving Butler county in the southwest corner. At
this time the town of Rombauer came into existence.


In the south section of Poplar Bluff, are the thriving neighborhoods of
Vinegar Hill and Kellytown, with splendid streets, fine residences and
stores and churches. Vinegar Hill, is the oldest of the two neighborhoods,
taking its name in 1881 when a farmer, Horace F. Horton, who lived four
miles south of the city took a load of molasses and home made vinegar to
the citizens of Poplar Bluff. Coming up the hill the end-gate of his wagon
fell out, followed by the jugs of molasses and vinegar which broke and
plastered the road into tow. The hill was named “Vinegar Hill” and
“Molasses run” as it was known for many years. Kellytown was named after
the founder, who platted it and exploited it. They are both now merged into
the city and are known as South Poplar Bluff.



In 1880 about four miles south of Poplar Bluff, on the main line of the
railroad, the little village of “Purdyville” was located. It boasted over a
hundred inhabitants and its principal business was timber, saw mills and
tie yards. The village was named after a man named Purdy, who owned the
timber and was the moving spirit, but as the timber was cut out, the town
dwindled until it was entirely gone by 1900.


Just across St. Francis river about two miles east of Ash Hill in the 80’s
was a little sawmill town, called Poplin, but in the 90’s a man by the name
of Fisk, a steamboat and a timber man, started a town on the Butler county
side of the river, which very soon absorbed the town of Poplin, now one of
the lost towns.


When the Butler County Railroad was built south through Ash Hill, a
thriving little town grew up on the Horace Bates farm. When the railroad
was moved west a few miles and the line discontinued Batesville died a
natural death.


About midway between Poplar Bluff and Broseley, on the line of the Butler
county (now Frisco railroad) the town of Spread flourished for a few years,
being supported by the timber business, but like Batesville, the town died
a natural death when the timber was cut out.


Some five miles below Harviell, and on the line of the S. L. M. & A.
railroad, (now Frisco) the town of Taft was located. It never attracted
much business but was a timber center for some few years.


About four or five miles northeast of Poplar Bluff, on the Frisco railroad
about 1902 the town of Sawyer was located and for 10 or 15 years
flourished, principally because of the timber traffic, but as time passed,
the timber was removed and the town died.

The Republican
Poplar Bluff, MO
Thursday Evening, Dec. 11, 1924 (Price 5 cents) - front pg:


Eighty Percent of Arrests are
Due, Prosecutor Says, to
Jealousy of Other Moonshiners.


Still OF Small Capacity Taken
By Officers In Raid Near
Neelyville on "Tip"
Given Them.

Jealousy among moonshiners has brought about 80 per cent of the arrests
during his administration, Robert I. Cope, prosecuting attorney, said
today, after a raid yesterday which resulted in the location of another
small still, and the arrest of one man.

"Some fellow gets a bigger business than the others," Cope said, "resulting
in jealousy, and finally 'tips' on the location of the still. A big percent
of those men and women who have been arrested for violating the liquor laws
have been caught through tips given by others who, I am confident, have had
a hand in such activities themselves.

"I believe the moonshing business is fast growing to a close in this county
because of the jealousy of the moonshiners. They won't let each other do
business because they feel they should have the other fellow's business,
and that brings the tip which results in arrests." Crude Stills.

When asked where the moonshiners get all their stills, Cope declared that
most of them were home-made contrivances and very crude. Few show expert
workmanship, and those, it is presumed, are imported. He said a moonshiner
could drive to some nearby town, place an order with some expert, and have
the work done without divulging his purpose. He might make some excuse for
having the equipment made. The better class tinners, he said, will not
manufacture any questionable equipment of this nature, and for that reason
he thinks the equipment is purchased in some other locality.

The still captured yesterday was a small affair, about 10-gallon capacity.
The officers located three barrels of mash and when they found Dave St. Cin
they told him it would be to his advantage to turn the still over to them
to prevent further trouble. He then declared he was through with the
business, and took the officers, Mr. Cope and Deputy Sheriff Clyde Hogg, to
the still and told them to take it. He had manufactured no whiskey, but
officers said the mash was almost ready to be "cooked," and that St. Cin
had hauled wood to the still in preparation for operations. Gave Bond.

St. Cin was brought here where he gave bond for $1,000, and was released.
He lives near Coon Island, near where the Nichols and Brown still was

The reason he believes most of his "tips" come from those who are jealous
of moonshiners, is the fact, Cope said, that few law abiding people know of
such law violations. They pay no attention to the other fellow unless the
conditions are such as to make it necessary for the protection of his home,
family or property against the moonshiners.

Cope declared some of the "higher class": moonshiners are hard to catch
because they are only "silent managers" of their business. He spoke of one
who is supposed to be making liquor, but said officers had great difficulty
in getting hold of him because of the way he conducted his business. It is
said he takes orders for his whiskey, but that he has "fall men who make
the liquor and deliver it," Cope declared. "He is what may be called the
'brains' of the business," Cope said.

Also on front page ….

Beginning today Judge Deem's History of Butler County will appear in The
Daily and Weekly Republican. Judge Deem completed his history some time ago
but only recently did he grant the privileges of having it used in a
newspaper. A portion of the history will appear on Thursday of each week
until completed. The history contains much information of general interest
in this section of the state. It deals with facts concerning Butler county
from the time it was first inhabited until the present time. The first
installment will be found elsewhere in The Republican.

History of Butler County Missouri
by David Bruce Deem, Probate Judge, Butler County, MO


A catastrophe, the like of which has never been known before in South
Missouri with the possible exception of the New Madrid earthquake in 1811,
was the tornado which struck Poplar Bluff at 3: 17 p. m. Monday, May 9,
1927. Eighty two persons were killed, hundreds were injured and property
damage was estimated at over $4,000,000.

The tornado seemed to strike first on south Fifth street and curve slightly
to the east and then north through the business section of the city. It
crossed the river near the Vine street bridge, wrecking several buildings
and many homes. The duration of the tornado has been estimated at about one
minute. Flying debris filled the air, hundreds of automobiles were crushed
beneath tons of brick, steel and timber and buildings and homes were

Every business block on Main street and Broadway was damaged; the
courthouse and jail were wrecked; the New Melbourne hotel, a brick
structure at the corner of Broadway and Maple collapsed with a loss of 18
lives. A rooming house across the street from the new Melbourne caught fire
and the owner, Mrs. Belle Lade, was trapped inside the building and burned
to death; the Elks club building was a tangled mass of ruins; the Bilkey
building on South Fifth street, a heavy concrete block structure, was blown
down and three occupants, Howard Bilkey, Thomas Stone Bilkey and Bryan
Arthur Bilkey were killed. The East Side school building was partly
demolished. Miss Minnie Smith, principal of the school, and other teachers
succeeded in protecting most of the students from injury, although one
child Harry Rexford, 10, was killed and several hurt.

Within four hours after the tornado struck, Red Cross relief trains were
enroute to the city from St. Louis and doctors and nurses came from
throughout Southeast Missouri to assist local physicians and nurses who
were taking care of the hundreds who were injured.

Large crews of men started cleaning the streets, removing dangerous
portions of buildings and repairing structures where possible the day after
the tornado. Other crews dug into the debris searching for bodies of

E. N. Shunk, an Associated Press correspondent from S. Louis, said the
damage was greater than that caused by the Murphysboro, Ill., tornado which
struck the Southern Illinois city on March 18, 1925.

Within two days after the storm struck, Poplar Bluffians announced their
buildings would be rebuilt or repaired without delay. Among the property
owners in the business district of Poplar Bluff whose buildings were
damaged were W. N. Barron, Charles Miller, Mrs. W. W. Turner, Carl and Ed
Abington, C. M. Duncan, Mike Saracini, Grover Dalton, Snider and Hamilton,
Walter Ducker, A. W. Greer, George Begley, Mrs. Dwight Brown, Paul C. Hays,
State Bank of Poplar Bluff, M. C. Horton, H. J. Morrison, the Kirkhoff
estate, John Berryman, Mrs. Henry Ferguson, the City of Poplar Bluff, John
Corrigan and Jerry Bradfield.

Several hundred grief stricken citizens gatered at the courthouse square at
10 a. m. May 12, to pay their last respects to the victims of the storm.
Memorial services were conducted by the Ministerial Alliance.

Dr. J. L. Lindsay was placed in charge of a special police force composed
of members of the American Legion. The Spanish war veterans enlisted their
services and worked with the legionaires in patrol(l)ing the city.

The Red Cross brought in 60 tents, cots and bedclothing for use of families
made homeless by the tornado.

The Daily Republican was ready for the press when the tornado struck. The
plant and equipment was damaged to the extent of several thousand dollars.

With power cut off and the building in ruins, there was no chance to issue
even a bulletin with a list of the known dead the following day. The
bulletin was printed on a job press operated by hand. Sand, grit and water
in the delicate typesetting machines prevented their use until virtually
every piece had been removed and carefully cleaned.

The tornado killed 10 persons southwest of Poplar Bluff. A letter was
carried from a desk in the State Bank building to Lutesville, MO., 70 miles

The four month old daughter of Henry Brown was found unhurt in East Poplar
Bluff 18 hours after the storm. A poll tax recipt belonging to Henry Luper
was found at DuQuoin, Ill., 157 miles from Poplar Bluff, and returned by
John R. Lynch who found it near his home.

L. L. Brown and wife who resided in the Cravens school district were in
Poplar Bluff during the storm. When they returned home they found their
three children and Mrs. Brown's mother killed and three other children
seriously injured.

The heart of the nation poured out sympathy to Poplar Bluffians distressed
by the storm. Messages of sympathy were sent by the mayors of most of the
Southeast Missouri cities and several civic organizations throughout the
district sent relief funds to the storm victims. The Malden Red Cross sent
$500, Senator James A. Reed of Missouri sent $250, the St. Louis Knights of
Columbus lodge sent $1000, The City of Paragould, Ark., sent $500, Citizens
of Dudley sent $136, The F. W. Woolworth Company of St. Louis sent $100,
the National Needle Work Guild sent $300, the Mississippi Valley Trust
Company of St. Louis sent $200 and the j. C. Penney company's New York
headquarters sent $1000.

Hundreds of other donations, too numerous to mention in this work, were
mailed to relief workers and agencies for the benefit of the tornado

Deem's History of Butler County Missouri
by David Bruce Deem, Probate Judge, Butler County, MO


By David B. Deem

Tradition, seemingly authentic, fives the Deem family as English, migrating
to Ireland and Scotland very shortly after the Conquest by William the
Conqueror, and later to the New World long before the Revolution of the
Colonies against Great Britain.

But the first connected and authenticated account of the family begins with
Adam Deem, Sr., who was born in Hagerstown, Maryland in 1757 and who served
with honor in the Continental Army during the revolution and was honorably
discharged. This same Adam Deem removed from the place of his birth to
Pennsylvania in his early manhood, and then to Ritchie county, West
Virginia where he spent his later years on what is now known as the "Deem
Homestead" just across from the mouth of Goose creek, where he died in 1861
at the age of 104 years. He was the father of seven sons and five
daughters. The sons were named Adam (2), Phillip, John, James, David, Isaac
and Jacob, all of whom married and raised large families.
(Hagerstown was laid out as a town in 1762 by Capt. Jonathan Hager. He came from Germany about 1730 and obtained a grant for "Hager's Fancy," 200 acres, in December 1739. The following year he married Elizabeth Kershner, whose family lived in the same neighborhood. In 1753 he was granted "Hager's Delight," 1780 acres and in 1765 "New Work," some 714 acres. These grants comprised the area of the new town, located at the intersection of the National or Great Western Pike, and the Philadelphia Wagon Road These routes linked Baltimore, Philadelphia, the Ohio wilderness, and the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.)

Adam Deem (2nd) married his cousin, Hannah Deem, and came to Ritchie
county, West Virginia in 1810 and settled and a farm near the mouth of
Goose creek. He was the first settler in the then wilderness. He served
with honor in the war of 1812. He was a typical farmer and pioneer hunter
and died in Ohio in 1867. He reared a large family. His sons were Abraham,
Adam, (3), Isaac, Phillip and Jacob. His daughters were Margaret,
Charlotte, Malissa and Elizabeth.

Phillip Deem, son of Adam (2nd) served with distinction in the war of 1812
and was honorably discharged at the close. Adam Jay Deem, another son, was
a man of much ability who moved to Owen county, Indiana, about 1830. He had
5 sons Silas, Lowry, James, Thomas and John W. and a daughter, Rachel. Two
of the sons, Silas and James, served in the union Army in the civil war.
James was killed in battle and Silas served all through the war being
wounded several times. He returned and lived to be over 90 years of age.

My father, Hiram Phillip Deem was a son of Adam Deem who was a son of
Phillip Deem who was a son of Adam Deem Sr. and who came to Illionis about
1825 and settled in Edgar Co7unty, and raised a large family. My father,
born in 1834, was a school teacher who came to Greene county, Indiana,
about 1856. He married Margaret Williams in 1858. He enlisted in the 70th
Indiana regiment and lost his life in August 1862 leaving the writer as his
sole child living. One son died in infancy.

Such in brief is my knowledge of the Deem family, not mentioning the
multitude of the family I have come in contact with in person or by
correspondence, never having found any one named Deem but what we found we
were of common ancestry.

My sources of information, being my personal knowledge (I am now in my 80th
year, born April 14, 1860, a year before Fort Sumpter was fired on) and
associations with older members of the family, now deceased. Coming in
touch with relatives in West Virginia where I received much valuable
information, I was fortunate enough to get to read "History of Ritchie
County, West Virginia"
edited and published in 1911 by Minnie Kendall
Lowther, a very intelligent historian who devoted a chapter to the Deem
family. Also to Mrs. J. E. Donnelly of Cairo, West Virginia, Mrs. Ella
Cantner, Route 1, Petroleum, West Virginia and other who were very kind in
furnishing information.

The first old pioneer settlers in this locality were, old Isaac Stalcup, Ephraim Owen, John H.Owen, Evan Owen, John L. Buskirk, Colonel Jack Stokely ,James Jackson,Timothy Jessup, Robert Baber and John Kelley. Afterwards came William J. McIntosh, Jacob McIntosh, Moore McIntosh, Samuel Kelshaw, Thomas Osborn, Edward Buckner, Richard Buckner, David Deem, Rev. Samuel Meddley, Dr. Simon Snyder, Bailey McCutchan, Grandfather Baber, George Baber, John Hunter, John Cloud, William Bland, Jesse Martin.
July 25th, 1850
DEEM, Jacob farmer born in Pennsylvania Age 68 Years
" Mary born in Maryland 58 "
" Rosanna " 26 "
" Jacob born in Virginia 23 "
" David " 20 "
" Susan " 15 "
" William " 12 "

July 26th, 1850
DEEM, Jamos farmer born in Virginia Age 30 Years
" Elizabeth " 21 "
" Philip " 4 "
" Ellen " 3 "
" Cornelius " 1 "

July 25th, 1850
DEEM, James G. farmer born in Virginia Age 34 Years
" Mary " 36 "
" Mary " 13 "
" Lucinda " 11 "
" John " 9 "
" George " 7 "
" Eliza " 5 "
" Susanna " 3 "
" Jeremiah " 1 "

July 25th, 1850
DEEM, Patrick farmer born in Virginia Age 34 Years
" Mary " 36 "
" Elizabeth " 8 "
" Jacob " 6 "
" Abraham " 4 "
" Isaac " 1 "

July 26th, 1850
DEEM, Philip farmer born in Pennsylvania Age 59 Years
" Rachel " 57 "
" Hannah " 20 "
" Rachel " 18 "

J. S. Head, gave consent for the marriage of 19 year old Sidney C. Head to marry 24
year old Alice Blacksten both of Hilliard, about 7 miles North of Poplar Bluff, MO.
J. S. Head is presumably about 40 years old at this time ( b. 1866?) Name was probabably
Julian. Alice and Sidney had Ina, Julian. Ila, Dorothy, Louie, ????.

Could this be an older brother of Sidney Head ?: It appears the family came to MO. from
Hope Arkansas.
Head, James H. (1870-????) Sutton, Mamie (1888-????)
December 24, 1906 15.81 J 66.2
Page 81 No. 2118 December 24, 1906
HEAD, James H. Hope, Hempstead Co., Arkansas age 36
SUTTON, Mamie Hope, Hempstead Co., Arkansas age 18

Head, Louie L. Deem, Dorothy V. December 21, 1936 43.275 T 299.2

Nevalls, John Head, Nora ( 1879-????) 1/30/1904 12.222
H 405.1
Page 222 No. 1465 January 30, 1904
NAVALLS, John Knobel, Arkansas age 31
HEAD, Nora Kennett, Mo. age 25
Groom signed John NEAVOLLS

Head, William (1877) Hillis, Viola (1880) 8/24/1902 11-183
H 198.1
Page 183 No. 1079 August 23, 1902
HEAD, William Hilliard, Mo. age 25
HILLIS, Viola Hilliard, Mo. age 22

Head, Sidney (1887-????) Blacksten, Alice (1882-????)
October 21, 1906 15.15 J 40.2
Page 15 No. 2352 October 20, 1906
HEAD, Sidney Hilliard, Mo. age 19
BLACKSTEN, Alice Hilliard, Mo. age 24

Head, James Patterson, Minnie 4/19/1903 11.328-Z
H 294.2
Page 328Z No. blank April 18, 1903
HEAD, James Hilliard, Mo. age 20
PATTERSON, Minnie Hilliard, Mo. age 20
J. S. Head, father of James gave consent

Head, Sidney C. (70 years old) Bray, Laura M.
June 25, 1957 61-246 Z 253.1
Page 81 July 2, 1890
HEAD, John E. Black River Twp, Butler Co., Mo. age under 21
HILLIS, Miss Laura Black River Twp, Butler Co., Mo. age 18
John S. Head, father of John E. Head gave consent
Deem, D.B. Wilson, Dora 4/19/1885 1-170 D 241.2
Deem, D.B. Wilson, Dora 4/19/1885 1-170 D 241.2
Deem, D.B. Fleeharty, Josie 8/4/1895 5-249 F 171.1

Page 232 July 5, 1895 ????????????????????????????????
DEEM, D. B. Poplar Bluff, Mo. age 21
ROBERTS, Mrs. Edith Poplar Bluff, Mo. age 18 ??????????

Page 249 August 3, 1895 ??????????????????????????????????????
DEEM, D. B. Poplar Bluff, Mo. age 21
FLEEHARTY, Josie Poplar Bluff, Mo. age 18 ??????????????/

Robinson, Henry Deem, Gracie August 26, 1919 27.249 O 280.1

Deem, Claude H. Sheets, Emma Elizabeth October 29, 1912 20.330 M 5.1

Russell, Herschel Deem, Nellie November 5, 1927 35.124 Q 565.1

Deem, Ronnie Bell, Gloria Sue April 24, 1965 72-058 CC 47.1

Jeffries, Jerry Lee Deem, Janice Sue August 19, 1969 79-181 DD 457.1

Taylor, Roger Dale Deem, Vicki Linn June 14, 1968 77-217 DD 167.1

Deem, Gary Mason Yarbro, Kathy Dianne November 14, 1970 81-219 EE 136.1

HEAD Cemetary record for :

infant, 26

J. S., 64

Samantha, 64
HEAD, J. S. 29 Dec 1845 - 5 Jun 1911 Husband of Samantha

HEAD, Samantha 18 Dec 1863 - 17 Jul 1953 Wife of J. S.

WINDER, Nettie 28 Oct 1880 - 6 Jan 1910 Wife of William [buried same lot as J. S. & Samantha HEAD]

Head, T.M. Howard, Sarah 11/11/1900 9.231 G 411.2
Page 231 No. 542 November 10, 1900
HEAD, T. M. Hilliard, Butler Co., Mo. age 24
HOWARD, Miss Sarah Hilliard, Butler Co., Mo. age 22

Winder, William Head, Nettie 11/21/1897 7.89 G 37.2
Page 89 November 20, 1897
WINDER, William Greenville, Wayne Co., Mo. age 28
HEAD, Nettie Hilliard, Butler Co., Mo. age 17
J. S. Head, father of Nettie gave consent.

Head, James Patterson, Minnie 4/19/1903 11.328-Z H 294.2
Page 328Z No. blank April 18, 1903
HEAD, James Hilliard, Mo. age 20
PATTERSON, Minnie Hilliard, Mo. age 20
J. S. Head, father of James gave consent

Head, William Hillis, Viola 8/24/1902 11-183 H 198.1
Page 183 No. 1079 August 23, 1902
HEAD, William Hilliard, Mo. age 25
HILLIS, Viola Hilliard, Mo. age 22

Nevalls, John Head, Nora 1/30/1904 12.222 H 405.1
Page 222 No. 1465 January 30, 1904
NAVALLS, John Knobel, Arkansas age 31
HEAD, Nora Kennett, Mo. age 25
Groom signed John NEAVOLLS

Head, Haywood Riggins, Della March 4, 1906 14.204 I 349.2

Head, James H. Sutton, Mamie December 24, 1906 15.81 J 66.2
Page 81 No. 2118 December 24, 1906
HEAD, James H. Hope, Hempstead Co., Arkansas age 36
SUTTON, Mamie Hope, Hempstead Co., Arkansas age 18

Garrett, John Head, Ella July 20, 1909 17.239 K 100.2

Deal, Henry L. Head, Mamie V. July 11, 1911 19.171 L 40.2

Davidson, E.M. Head, Alta August 22, 1917 25.241 N 534.1

Winder, J.R. Head, Samantha May 13, 1916 24.102 N 238.1

Head, Hubert Cooper, Mary L. May 4, 1918 26.92 O 16.2

Casey, James Thomas Head, Minnie June 29, 1918 26.157 O 48.2

Todd, Elmer L. Head, Eva December 31, 1918 26.341 O 146.2

Smith, Samuel C. Head, Dessie L. November 5, 1921 30.29 P 115.1

Head, H. M. Hendrickson, Winifred May 3, 1925 33.38 Q 75.1

Head, Lenas Riggins, Ermyl January 2, 1926 33.319 Q 229.2

Head, Julian Shipman, Ollie January 11, 1929 36.66 R 79.2

Hendrickson, Lewis Head, Helen September 29, 1930 37.177 R 35.2

Warren, Elmer W. Head, Ila V. December 15, 1934 41.198 S 504.1

Hanna, Alfred Marvin Head, Thelma August 2, 1943 50-346 W 176.1

Gaines, Jessie Frank Head, Deloris June April 10, 1955 59-107 Y 515.2

Head, Herbert Morgan Jr. Gallagher, Rosemary June 1, 1951 56-072 Y 32.2

Head, Richard Richardson, Betty May 31, 1953 57-057 Y 174.1

Head, Sidney C. Bray, Laura M. June 25, 1957 61-246 Z 253.1

Thornburgh, Crandall Head, Marquerite Kathleen July 13, 1958 62-234 Z 399.1

Head, Joel C. Rodgers, Lillie P. January 26, 1962 68-034 AA 591.1

McCarty Von D. Head, Winifred Ann April 8, 1961 66-263 AA 398.1

Wrinkle, Gary Head, Betty Sue July 24, 1965 73-062 CC 105.1

Caudle, Darrel A. Head, Patricia D. June 5, 1970 80-243 DD 630.1

Dodson, John A. Head, Lillie P. November 23, 1967 76-288 DD 44.2

Head, Lee D. Dodson, Lillie P. September 6, 1969 79-217 DD 471.1

Head, R. L. Gordon, Peggy January 6, 1968 77-043 DD 81.1

Nation, Wade Gulledge, Ider February 23, 1919 26.380 O 147.1

Gulledge, Dewey Williams, Edna November 15, 1924 32.284 P 634.1

Gulledge, G. L. Humphrey, Mary September 3, 1926 34.135 Q 351.2

Gulledge, Liggie Pierce, Edith October 10, 1925 33.211 Q 169.2

Mattingly, Chester Gullidge, Birdie May 5, 1934 40.322 S 368.2

Surber, Arnold Gulledge, Virgie July 5, 1940 47.448 U 542.2

Hayes, Roy C. Gulledge, Hortense May 24, 1942 49.315 V 475.2

Roberts, Henry Gulledge, Gladys September 20, 1941 48.527 V 262.1

Gulledge, Argil Pettypool, Lillian July 29, 1946 53-053 W 577.2

Gulledge, Twedell Campbell, Virginia G. June 7, 1946 52-311 W 547.2

Kinkada, Leonard Gulledge, Donnie August 2, 1945 51-247 W 372.1

Hutchison, Joseph L. Gulledge, Verla July 9, 1952 56-223 Y 103.1

Clark, Dale Venard Gulledge, Flora Mae April 25, 1959 63-239 Z 559.1

Gulledge, Richard L. Badgett, Pearl February 14, 1959 63-155 Z 520.1

Gulledge, Archie Benton, Linda March 27, 1964 71-057 BB 433.1

Gulledge, Lonnie Bunting, Helen June 1, 1964 71-136 BB 468.1

Scott, Charles D. Gulledge, Emily Kathryn August 14, 1970 81-070 EE 72.2
GULLEDGE, J. D. 9 Aug 1867 - __ Sep 1945

GULLEDGE, Mary L. 11 Jan 1872 - 8 Nov 1947

GULLEDGE, Lillie Belle 3 Aug 1892 - 26 Oct 1976

GULLEDGE, William Mitchell 9 Mar 1890 - 30 Sep 1972

GULLEDGE, Alfred 24 Dec 1909 - 17 Dec 1986

GULLEDGE, Richard Lee 28 Oct 1943 - 12 Aug 1944

GULLEDGE, Richard E. 28 Oct 1894 - 8 Aug 1943 -| [Double

GULLEDGE, Daisy D. 23 Jan 1896 - 11 Feb 1889 -| Stone]

From Walt Wimer:

Here are two DEEM station photos from the early 60s. DEEM didn't start out as a Florida brand
as the founder originally had a chain of some sort in St. Louis that he sold to Derby sometime
in the 50s. Mr. Deem then moved to Florida, and as several other Private Branders have done,
started a second DEEM chain in the late 1950s. His chain extended up the coast of Florida to
the central part of the state and west over to Orlando. He had little, if anything, on the west
coast of the state as I remember.. I never had any station totals but my old 1958-60 Florida
records show I saw no less than 20, so lets say he had 20-30 sites at the height of his second
chain. Not too long after I took the 1961 photo Deem sold off most, if not all of their stations
to Humble. This was at that point in time that Humble was buying up Private Brands all over the
south to make up for all the lost gallon when Standard of Calif. took over Standard of Kentucky.
In addition to his gas stations, Mr. Deem also had one or more good sized drug stores. One was
only five minutes from where I lived during the short 1963-65 period I lived in Ft. Lauderdale.
During that time I stopped there often and there was a big DEEM logo on the floor at the entrance.
After the sell-off to Humble, I know he also had a big pumper car wash on Sunrise Blvd. in Ft.
Lauderdale that I think sold PHILLIPS 66 gasoline. After I left Florida in 1966, I lost track
of Deem, so have no idea what ever became of Mr. Deem or his remaining interests.

The top photo is the "office" station on Dixie Highway in Ft. Lauderdale in 1961. This was right
at the north city limits where Dixie Highway ran into Wilton Manors. The office was located behind
the station and does not show in the photo. The ID sign at the site was a one of a kind as far as
I know, as I never saw another. I would guess it was a locally made metal sign and might have been
plugged for neon.

The second shot in late 1960 was on East Colonial Blvd.(Fla. 50) in Orlando and much more typical
of DEEM sites. "Gas only" with small building, outside storage tanks, billboard signs on the lot
and a "double" sign that had the logo on one half and the price on the other (Very common type in
Florida at the time!!) That sign can be partially seen at the left of the photo.

Since I only have two photos, I had room to include two rather scarce DEEM stamp books.
They didn't have premiums like SPUR, DIRECT, SITE and others, just cash back or free product.

Thanks, Mouraine, for the information. I will quote from a Malcolm Book by Donna R. Caputo, compiled in 1981, and I assume you are interested in the Malcolm Family. Page 6, John Jackson Malcolm was born between 1801 and 1811 in Virginia. Copnflickting dates on census records make his exact birthdate indefinite. John mattied Rachel Deem, 8 Oct. 1840 in Wood County, Virginia, with the Rev. George Collins officiating. Rachel was the daughter of Hannah Deem and Adam Deem II, who were first cousins. Hannah Deem was the daughter of Adam Deem, Sr. and Adam Deem, II, has not been claimed by any other Deem brothers. (We suspect he is the son of Lewis Deem.) John and Rachel left Virginia about 1856, about the time land opened up in Missouri for homesteading. First, they went to Warrensburg, Johnson Co. Missouri in 1856, then to Clinton, Hanry County, Missouri and on to Filley, Cedar County, Mo. in 1864. John bought land in Mo for $2.50 an acre and dave each of his sons a farm. John and Rachel's last two children are listed as born in Mo. There was a history of bronchial and lund trouble in the Malcolm family. John Jackson Malcolm had an asthma condition and suffered from severe coughing for years. Toward the end of his life, he asked thatthey no longer try to do anything for him as he did not want to try to endure it any longer. This lund condition appears in a number of the descendants of J. J. Malcolm and is prevalent in the present generation. J. J. Malcol,m died 22 June 1879 in Filley, Cedar County, Mo. He was buried at the Malcolm Cemetery. His wife, Rachel, died while on a visit to Oklahoma about 1883. she was buried before her son, James Lafayette Malcolm, could get there. The place of her death and burial are not presently known. Included in the books are p[icture of John Jackson Malcolm and Rachel Deem Malcolm. If you would like a copy, Be glad to send you one. Just let me know. Thanks, again! Mary Ann