C.M. ALEXANDER DIES SATURDAY. AGED-90 YEARS Taught School Many Years. Funeral Sunday in Christian Church. Charles M. Alexander, aged 90, died at the home of his son E. M. Alexander in this city Saturday morning after a few days of illness, death being caused by pneumonia which followed an attack of indigestion. Funeral services were held Sunday morning in the Lamar Christian Church, Rev. Ray Priestly, a former pastor, officiating, and were followed by interment in the Howell cemetery near Milford. Mr. Alexander was born in Virginia but came to Platte county, Missouri, early in life. Here he attended school and started his life career of teaching. In 1880 he moved his family to near Milford and continued to teach until 1896 when he retired to his farm. Since the death of his wife seven years ago, he had spent much of his time with his children. Except for his eyesight he retained his facilities unusually well for a person of his age. Almost a year ago Mr. Alexander’s ninetieth birthday, Sunday, April 24, was celebrated at the Milford Christian church of which he was a member and constant attendant. Following the Sunday morning services, well-filled dinner baskets were produced and dinner served in the church followed by a pleasant social hour. Numerous friends and relatives were present for the occasion. The photo reproduced above of Mr. Alexander and the four succeeding generations was taken but a few weeks before this birthday and was run in The Leader the week following.
------------------------- Lamar Democrat, Thursday, January 26, 1928 BARTON COUNTY’S OLD SCHOOL MASTER PASSES Charles M. Alexander, Who Taught Many Years In The Platt [sic] County And Barton County Public Schools, Passed Away At The Home Of His Son In This City, Saturday Forenoon - Funeral At Lamar Christian Church, At 11 Sunday Forenoon - Though Past Ninety, His Mind Had Been Active Until The Very Last - Had Been Unusually Well Until A Few Days Before His Death - Born In Virginia, Came To Missouri Early In Life. Barton County’s old school master, Uncle Charles M. Alexander, died at the home of his son, Mr. E.M. Alexander of this city at 8:30 Saturday morning. Funeral services were announced to be held at the Lamar Christian Church at 11 o’clock Sunday forenoon. Rev. Karaker of Englewood, Kansas, officiating. Interment in the Howell Cemetery south of Milford. Charles M. Alexander was born in Virginia, April 24, 1837, and hence would soon have been 91 years old. He moved, early in life, with his parents, to Platt County, Missouri. There he attended the district school and while yet a young man he began to teach in the country schools of old Platt. In 1880 he moved with his family to Barton County and settled near Milford. He continued to teach until in 1895-6 he taught his last school. It was the Ginger Hill District, southeast of Milford. After that he devoted himself to a small farm. Uncle Charley as the whole countryside came to call him was especially fond of working difficult problems in arithmetic and parsing puzzling and obscure words and phrases in grammar. His mental faculties were the keenest up to the very time of his death. His eyes began to fail him several years before his death, so he could not read. Otherwise, his health seemed good and he got about remarkably well. Tuesday, he seemed to suffer an attack of indigestion. He was confined to his bed, but insisted that he was not very ill. Thursday, pneumonia began to develop, and the end came Saturday morning. October 6, 1856, the deceased married Miss Ruth M. Broadhurst. She had been one of his pupils in the district school. Eight children were born of the union. Mrs. Alexander died seven years ago. Seven of the children survived both their parents. They are Messrs. E.M. and Ira Alexander of Lamar’s well-known produce firm; Mrs. Charles Hubbard of Lamar; Mrs. Wes Thomas, Mrs. Perrine Thomas and Mrs. Charles Faubion all of Milford; and Mrs. J.M. Blake, of Paul’s Valley, Oklahoma. There are 19 grand children, 23 great grand children, and one great-great grand daughter. Mr. Alexander had been a member of the Christian Church for more than 55 years before his death.