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Kathryn M "Katie" Moran Ashcraft
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Birth: Jan. 7, 1885
Jasper County
Missouri, USA
Death: Mar. 11, 1942
Jasper County
Missouri, USA

Kathryn parents were Timothy & Rettia Moran. Her siblings were Stella, Bessie, Luella, & Mary Cura.

She was often referred to as Katie. She was a public school teacher when married Samuel Plummer Ashcraft on November 3, 1938. No children.

"Miss Susan Haswell (left) and Miss Kathryn Moran (right) debating coaches at Joplin high school,are being given much credit for their work this year, the most successful term in debate work ever experienced by tho school.

Miss Haswell, teacher of history, accompanied the high school debating team, composed of Miss Leona Skelton and Denzll Warden, to Columbia last week where they placed second in the statewide contest. Miss Moran accompanied the girls' team, composed of Miss Skelton and Miss Edna Wisher, to Fulton, where the team placed third in a state contest."
Joplin Globe
Sunday, May 15, 1927

Photo of Kathryn published on January 15, 1939, when her marriage was announced.

The following information provides a birds-eye view into the life of Kathryn.

On June, 8, 1900, Kathryn, shown as Katie, age 15, lived with her parents, Timothy, age 51, & Rettia, 40, where they owned a farm in Duval, Jasper Co, MO. Her sisters were Stella, age 17; Bessie, 10; Luella, 9; & Curos, 3.

On April 19/20, Katie, age 25, was a school teacher. She was still at home with her parents who were buying a home on North Webb St. in Webb City in Jasper Co, MO & had been married 29 years. Her father, age 58, worked as a teamster doing odd jobs. Her mother, 50, had given birth to 5 children, all who were still living. Her sister, Stella, 27, was a widow. Bessie, age 21, was a bookkeeper in a livery barn; Luella worked as a bookkeeper in a butcher shop, & Cura, age 13, was attending school.

Katie's father died from a Cerebral Hemorrhage at 2:30 p.m. on Feb. 27, 1918, at their home in Webb City.

On Feb. 5, 1920, Kathryn, age 35, a school teacher, lived with her mother, age 59, who now owned their home on North Webb St. Her sister, Stella Jones, age 35, was divorced. Her sister, Mary Cura Burns, age 23, & her husband, William D. Burns, age 42, were members of the household. William was a lead & zinc mine operator.

On April 5, 1930, Katherine V., age 44, a high school teacher, was still living with her mother, Rettia A., age 70, in their home on Webb St. valued at $1500. Billie Burns, Jr., age 8 (son of Mary Cura & William), lived with them.

Kathryn's mother, Rettia, was living with her sister, Luella & her husband, John Carrol Bailey, when she died from an intestinal obstruction 7:45 a.m. on Nov. 30, 1936.

Kathryn married Samuel Plummer Ashcraft, age 56, on November 3, 1938, at the age of 53. News about their marriage was published in the Joplin Globe on January 15, 1939.

Miss Kathryn Moran and Samuel P. Ashcraft of City Engineering Department Wed Nov. 3.

Announcement was made yesterday of the secret marriage last November 3 of Miss Kathryn Moran, debate coach and head of the English department of Joplin high school since 1924, and Samuel P.. Ashcraft, a member of the city engineering department many years.

The wedding took place in the home of the bride's brother-in-law and sister, Mr. and Mrs. George W. Stevens, in Pittsburg, and the ceremony was read by the Rev. Philip Schmidt, pastor of the Lutheran church in Pittsburg. Other immediate relatives present were Mr. and Mrs. J. Carroll Bailey of Joplin, brother-in-law and sister of the bride, and Mrs. Fred Cater and Miss Margaret Ashcraft of Webb City, sisters of the groom.

The wedding took place on the wedding anniversary of the bride's late parents, Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Moran of Webb City. Ashcraft is the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. S.P. Ashcraft of Webb City.

In addition to teaching in the Joplin high school, Mrs. Ashcraft also has taught in Webb City and Carthage schools. She is a member of the Joplin branch of the American Association of University Women and Chapter AS, P.E.O. Sisterhood. She also formerly was president of the Missouri Forensic League.

Mr. Ashcraft has taken a prominent part in Izaak Walton League activities in this district. After February 10, Mr. and Mrs. Ashcraft will be at home at 75 Inger place. She has resigned her teaching position."

Newspaper articles articles, too numerous to list, were published during the years she taught school.

"A meeting of chapter AS, P.E.O. sisterhood, will be held at 2 o'clock Thursday afternoon in the home of Mrs. J. Carrol Bailey, 70 Inger Place, with Mrs. Samuel Ashcraft as assisting hostess."
Joplin Globe
Wednesday, December 13, 1939

On April 3, 1940, Kathryn M., age 55, & Samuel P. , age 57, owned a home at 75 Inger Place in Joplin. Samuel was a Civil Engineer. Kathryn's nephew, William D. Burns, age 18, lived with them.

"Members of Chapter AS, P.E.O.met Thursday for a 1 o'clock luncheon at the Woman's Club. Mrs. H.G. Butterfield, Mrs. A. J. Baker, Mrs. H. F. Miller and Mrs. D. H. Baldridge were the hostesses for the afternoon. After the luncheon a business session was held In the home of Mrs. Evalee Outt. Mrs. W.W. Brown was in charge of the program. She presented Mrs. Samuel P. Ashcraft, who gave a talk on the 'History of Missouri' Mrs. R. K. McPherson and Mrs. George Ricksecker were guests. The next meeting date will be announced later."
Joplin News Herald
Friday, November 28, 1941

Kathryn & Sam were living at 75 Inger Street when she was admitted to Freeman Hospital in Joplin for treatment of septicemia. She was unable to recover & died at 8:30 p.m. on March 11, 1942. She had lived 56 years, 2 months, & 4 days. Her sister, Mrs. Carrol Bailey, was the informant on her death certificate. She was buried on March 13.

"Funeral Services For Mrs. Ashcraft To Be Held Today
Funeral services for Mrs. Kathryn Moran Ashcraft, wife of Sam P. Ashcraft, 75 Inger place, who died Wednesday night at Freeman hospital, will be conducted at 4 o'clock this afternoon at St. Philip's Episcopal church, Seventh street and Byers avenue. The Rev. Alfred L. du Domaine, rector, will officiate.

Burial will be in Mount Hope cemetery under direction of the Webb City Undertaking Company. The body was taken yesterday to the home, where it will lie in state until 3 o'clock this afternoon. It will then be taken to the church to lie in state until the funeral hour.

Pallbearers will be Cowgill Blair, Jr., Jefferson Herb, Henry Warten, Arthur Christman, John D. Henley and Alan Seller. All were members of debating teams coached by Mrs. Ashcraft during her years as teacher of debating and English at Joplin high school.

Relatives who arrived yesterday to attend the services included Mr. and Mrs. George W. Stevens of Pittsburg and Mr. and Mrs. A.T. Brastrup and Mr. and Mrs. W.D. Burns of Oklahoma City, sisters and brothers-in-law of Mrs. Ashcraft, and her nephew, Billy Burns, a student at Westminster college at Fulton, Mo. They are at the home of another sister, Mrs. J. Carrol Bailey, and Mr. Bailey, 70 Inger place."
Joplin Globe
Friday, March 13, 1942

Researched & compiled by Virginia Brown
February 2013
Family links: 
  Tim J Moran (1851 - 1918)
  Rettia Moran (1860 - 1936)
  Samuel Plummer Ashcraft (1882 - 1957)
  Kathryn M Moran Ashcraft (1885 - 1942)
  Luella Moran Bailey (1891 - 1973)*
*Calculated relationship
Mount Hope Cemetery
Webb City
Jasper County
Missouri, USA
Plot: Section 5
Maintained by: Virginia Brown
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Record added: Aug 18, 2010
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