|Birth: ||Nov. 8, 1882|
|Death: ||Apr. 9, 1956|
Ralph Owen McCoy was born in Brown County, November 8, 1882, the second son of the Rev. Melvin Stoner and Nancy Isabelle Hill McCoy. The first son, Henry Aldrich, died in infancy. Ralph's education was secured in various public schools in towns where his father was preaching in Kansas. Ralph was quick in his studies and made friends readily. He had a talent for music and learned to play the piano, trombone, and trumpet, playing the trumpet in local bands. He also loved to whistle and had a unique and beautiful whistle, unlike anyone else.
In 1903, he was married to Tennie Esther Dunant of Bowen, and they took up residence in Mt. Sterling, where Ralph joined the staff of the Brown County Republican, a newspaper his father had purchased in 1902. It was on his father's newspaper that Ralph learned the printing trade that was to become his life-long career. In a few years, when the paper was sold, Ralph and his wife moved to Quincy where he worked on the Quincy Whig Journal. He also had worked for a time as a crime reporter for the Chicago Tribune.
In 1916, his marriage was dissolved and in 1917 he married Martha Oral Six of Mt. Sterling, daughter of Dr. A. D. Six, a physician and farmer. Martha, better known as Mattie, was reared on the family farm, a few miles east of Versailles along the river bluff. Her mother was the former Rachel Osborne of Mt. Sterling.
Martha and Ralph made their home in Mt. Sterling where he was for many years on the staff of the Democrat Message. They were active in civic, social, and religious affairs, and here their children were born and went to school. For a tine Ralph was a member of the school board. Ralph was a life-long Republican and enjoyed the controversies of party politics. His keen wit will long be remembered.
In 1941, Ralph joined the staff of the Illinois State Division of Printing, Springfield, and remained there until 1949, when he moved to Washington, Illinois, accepting a part time newspaper job because of failing health. He died April 9, 1956. Martha McCoy died June 25, 1958. Both are buried in Mt. Sterling which had so long been their home. Four children were born to the union of Ralph and Martha (Mattie) McCoy: Frederick Melvin, born October 12, 1919; Maurice Stoner, born November 2, 1920; and twins, Earl Dean and Virginia Claire, born August 7,1924. (Excerpts from McCoy Genealogical Records 1800-1975, Comprising the General History of John Wingate McCoy and Descendants in America by Susan V. Root, Springfield, IL, 1975)
Melvin Stoner McCoy (1855 - 1916)
Nancy Isabel Hill McCoy (1856 - 1916)
Martha Oral Six McCoy (1884 - 1958)
Henry Aldridge McCoy (1881 - 1883)*
Ralph Owen McCoy (1882 - 1956)
Mount Sterling City Cemetery
Created by: Beverly Davis Valcovic
Record added: Mar 04, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 18148738