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Walter G. Koontz
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Birth: May 29, 1870
Jasper County
Missouri, USA
Death: Dec. 31, 1930
Webb City
Jasper County
Missouri, USA

h/o Mamie Hantz.

Birth: 2nd following twin girls in Mineral township, Jasper county, Missouri. (gravestone and 1900 Federal census have month as April, HOWEVER, death certificate lists May 29, 1870 which checks with 1870 Federal census)

Census: 1870, age one month, Mineral township, Jasper county, Missouri with parents and older twin sisters.

Census: 1880, age 10 Joplin township, Jasper county, Missouri with parents & two siblings.

Census: 1900, age 30 Joplin township, Jasper county, Missouri with wife & one child, occupation, a drillman.

Around 1905, S.C. Boggess, of Carthage, and J.B. Gibson, Walker Koontz and F.G. Smart, of Webb City, who recently took a lease on 10 acres of the J.M. Whitsett land at Porto Rico and commenced drilling, made a good strike in the first hole put down. The ore was encountered at 130 feet and continued to 148 feet. The second hole is now down to a depth of about 60 feet. The prospectors will soon commence a sinking shaft to open up a prospect. ~ Source: Mornin' Mail.

Census: 1910, age 40 Webb City, Jasper county, Missouri with wife & one child at 831 west Joplin street, a mine operator.

Census: 1920, age 49 with wife at 227(?) Joplin street a mine operator.

Death: at 827 west Broadway, Webb City, Jasper county, Missouri of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at age 60 years, 7 months & 2 days. Death Certificate, informant is wife.

Father: Samuel H. Koontz b: about 1845 Ohio.
Mother: Julia A Shaffer b: about 1849 Ohio.

Marriage: Mamie Hantz b: 12 JAN 1869
Married: 10 JUN 1891 Webb City, Jasper county, Missouri.

Known Child

Samuel Koontz b: MAY 1892 Webb City, Jasper county, Missouri.




Found in Dying Condition This Afternoon by Wife With Pistol in His Hand.


Walter G. Koontz, about 60 years old, who recently retired as constable of Joplin township, was found in a dying condition in his home in Webb City at 1:30 o'clock this afternoon, with a bullet wound through his heart and his pistol clutched in his hand. The circumstances indicated suicide.

Mrs. Koontz found her husband unconscious upon returning home after being away for a short while. A physician was summoned and pronounced the man dead.

Mr. Koontz, friends believed, had been despondent over financial affairs. He was taken ill election day with an attack of influenza andhad been ailing since. Yesterday, however he was in Carthage, and was at the courthouse when Orlando Lortz of Waco suffered a heart attack and died. Mr. Koontz was in the county court room when Mr. Lortz passed away.

Mr. Koontz was appointed constable two years ago. He was the Republican nominee for re-election last fall but was defeated.

Koontz had lived in Webb City most of his life. He is a former mine operator and drillman. Surviving are his wife and a son, Sam Koontz, living in New York City.

Prepared in part by: Bill Boggess
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  Mamie Hantz Koontz (1869 - 1931)
Mount Hope Cemetery
Webb City
Jasper County
Missouri, USA
Created by: I Remember When
Record added: Jun 17, 2010
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Walter G. Koontz
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- Bill
 Added: Feb. 21, 2012
A feeling of sadness and longing that is not akin to pain, and resembles sorrow only as the mist resembles the rain. - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
- I Remember When
 Added: Jun. 17, 2010

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