|Birth: ||Aug. 14, 1848|
|Death: ||Sep. 30, 1927|
Charles Franklin McElroy
Aug 14, 1848 - Sept 30, 1927
Charles Franklin McElroy was born Aug 14, 1848 in Hannibal, MO. His father was born in Kentucky. His mother's last name was Porter (Born in VA).
*Member of 1st Board of Directors of Carthage's first Y M C A in 1890.
He passed away on Sept 30, 1927 at 11:10 pm, diagnosed with shock following a slight fall. He was 79 years, 1 month, and 16 days of age. He was survived by his wife.
Burial was at Park Cemetery, Carthage, on Oct 5, 1927 under the direction of Knell Mortuary.
The death certificate can be viewed at Missouri Digital Archives/death certificates online website.
He was one of the directors / stockholders in the Jasper County Electric Railroad Company in 1895.
His home was on the Victorian Home Tour: The McElroy House, 1301 Grand avenue - Stick style structure built by C.F. McElroy, dry goods man & mine owner.
Top Photo at Right
Directors and founders of the Jasper County Electric railway, which operated the first electric cars out of Carthage, are shown in the above picture. Originally this was popularly known as the "White Line" because of the color of its cars.
Front row, left to right: J. F. 'Frank' Harrison, Isaac Perkins, Robert Moore, C. F. McElroy, W. W. Calhoon, and William McMillan.
Second Row: Samuel McReynolds, Fred H. Fitch, D. R. Goucher and W. E. 'Ed' Hall. Not shown was J. R. Banks, another prominent Carthaginian, who was listed in newspaper articles of January 1895, as a director and secretary.
Picture was first printed in the Carthage Press October 1934 and was courtesy of Geneva Moore, daughter of Robert Moore.
CARTHAGE EVENING PRESS
OCTOBER 1, 1927
DEATH OF C. F. McELROY
PROMINENT CITIZEN PASSES AWAY AT AGE OF 79
Retired Merchant Was One of Builders of Electric Line
C. F. McElroy, 79 years old, early day Carthage Merchant and prominent citizen, died at 11:10 o'clock last night at his home on Grand Avenue. His condition had been critical several days.
Born in Hannibal, Missouri, August 14, 1848 he came to Carthage as a young business man in 1881 and for about 12 years was engaged in the mercantile business here and later in mining and other activities. He was married at Hannibal to Miss Julia A. Barde October 1, 1872 - 55 years ago today.
RETIRED 15 YEARS AGO
For about 15 years Mr. McElroy has been retired from active business. Prior to that he was associated with many enterprises and was active in many community endeavors. He was one of the founders of the original Y.M.C.A. in Carthage.
He served as an elder in the First Presbyterian Church throughout his residence in Carthage closely associated with the church in all of it's activities. For a number of years he was superintendent of the Sunday School of the church. He was a member of the original board of trustees of the old Presbyterian college which was founded here in 1883.
Mr. McElroy also was one of the leading spirits in the organization of the Carthage Electric Railway Company, which built and operated the Carthage to Carterville electric line, known as the White Line. He was secretary of the company and continued in that capacity until consolidation of the line as part of the Southwest Missouri Railroad system, serving as secretary of the consolidated company until the Carthage group of stockholders sold out their respective interests.
STARTS AS DRY GOODS CLERK
As a young man Mr. McElroy began work as a clerk in a dry goods store at Hannibal and advanced in the business there, becoming proprietor of a store in Hannibal for a short time before his removal to Carthage. Here he entered business in partnership with T. T. Luscombe, the store, known as Luscombe & McElroy having it's business about the center of the west side of the square. Some years later Mr. Luscombe was succeeded in the partnership by E. C. Robertson, father of Miss Jennie Robertson, and the store was moved to what is now the McCormick building on the south side of the square. This partnership firm was known as McElroy & Robertson and continued as such until Mr. McElroy retired from the dry goods business to engage in mining and other activities.
Declining health for several years prevented Mr. McElroy taking any active part in affairs. For the last six months he had been failing rapidly. A fall six weeks ago caused him to take to his bed and apparently hastened his death. The fall caused a severe shock to his nervous system.
Surviving Mr. McElroy were Mrs. McElroy and three children;
Mrs. Sam C. Pearson of Kansas City
Mrs. Delmar C. Wise of Joplin and
Walter F. McElroy of Carthage, all of whom are here.
Mrs. W. C. Thomas of Denver, Colorado
Mr. and Mrs. McElroy were the parents of four children, one of whom, Nellie D. McElroy, died at the age of 6.
The funeral was conducted from the First Presbyterian Church
Rev. W. F. Bradley, pastor and the
Rev. Dr. J. D. McCaughtry, former pastor with whom Mr. McElroy was associated 17 years in Church activities officiated. Dr. McCaughtry delivered the funeral sermon.
Julia Augusta Barde McElroy (1855 - 1934)*
Nellie B. McElroy (1875 - 1882)*
Walter Fuelter McElroy (1877 - 1964)*
Julia M Wise (1891 - 1976)*
Plot: Bl 32 Lot 172 Sp 8
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Record added: Nov 09, 2008
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