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 William Neil Southern, Jr

William Neil Southern, Jr

Birth
Tennessee, USA
Death 11 Feb 1956 (aged 91)
Independence, Jackson County, Missouri, USA
Burial Independence, Jackson County, Missouri, USA
Plot Div 1, Sec 5, Bl 39, Lot 4, Sp 3
Memorial ID 12056 · View Source
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Son of John Nelson, founder of "Independence Sentinel". William founded the weekly "Jackson Examiner" in 1898.

Publisher of the Independence Examiner. Married to Emma Proctor. He competed with his uncle and fellow newspaperman William Southern Sr. Father of Caroline Southern who was born in 1892, and Mary (May) Frances Southern, who was born July 9, 1894, and married George Wallace (of Independence Missouri, not the Governor), which made her Bess Truman's sister in law. Husband George was also the person that heard the shot, and went into the room to find that Bess Truman's father had shot himself in 1903 (suicide). She was also a neighbor of Madge Gates Wallace and the Harry S. Truman family. Mary Frances attended the January 1945 inauguration of Harry S. Truman as Vice President of the Unites States, and was a guest at the White House several times after Truman became President. William Southern Jr. was a friend of Harry Truman's, and also led a movement to rename what was then Van Horn Road, to Truman Road, which it is named today. This information and more can be found at:
http://www.trumanlibrary.org/oralhist/wallacem.htm
On the Truman Library web site.


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 31 Aug 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 12056
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Neil Southern, Jr (4 Nov 1864–11 Feb 1956), Find A Grave Memorial no. 12056, citing Woodlawn Cemetery, Independence, Jackson County, Missouri, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave (contributor 8) .