Cora G <I>Conkin</I> Arnold

Cora G Conkin Arnold

Thompsonville, Washington County, Kentucky, USA
Death 22 Mar 1942 (aged 80)
West Plains, Howell County, Missouri, USA
Burial West Plains, Howell County, Missouri, USA
Memorial ID 18083233 · View Source
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w/o Dr. J.T. Arnold
Information from:
Howell County Missouri Cemetery Book 1795-1987
Compiled by the South Central Genealogical Society of Howell County, Missouri

Mrs. Cora Arnold, Prominent Pioneer Resident, Dead

Was widow of Dr. John T. Arnold, Gainesville Physician, and Mother of Mrs. Charles Bohrer of West Plains.

Mrs. Cora G. (aunt Cora) Arnold, 80, widow of Dr. John T. Arnold, prominent pioneer physician of Gainesville, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Charles Bohrer on West Main street in West Plains at 8:03 o'clock last night, following an illness of many weeks from a heart ailment. She had been in failing health the last two years, and had been bedfast most of the time the last three months.

A native of Kentucky, Mrs. Arnold was born at Thompkinsville, KY., December 14, 1861, being next to the youngest of the thirteen children of James Patterson Conkin and Hannah Howard “Dickerson” Conkin, who moved from Thompkinsville to Ozark county, Missouri, when she was a very small child.

Came in Ox Wagon

Mrs. Conkin frequently recalled that her parents, with other relatives, came to the Missouri Ozarks in a train of ox- drawn wagons, thee being but one horse in the entire train.

Arriving in Ozark county the family located at Gainesville, where Mrs. Arnold grew to womanhood. She received her early education in Gainesville, and later studied music in Springfield.

Cora Conkin was married March 5, 1883, to Dr. John T. Arnold, then a prominent young physician of Gainesville, their marriage having been solemnized by the late Rev. C. H. Briggs, Methodist minister at this home in Springfield.

Mrs. Arnold and her husband made their home in Gainesville until after the death of Dr. Arnold February 1904, when she moved to West Plains.

Three daughters were born to Dr. and Mrs. Arnold, two of whom survive, and who are Mrs. Tesley Luna of Gainesville, and Mrs. Charles Bohrer at whose home she died. The other daughter, Mrs. Frank (Eva) Wood, preceded her in death in 1934.

Resident Here 35 Years

She had made her home in West Plains continuously for almost 35 years and during that time had made a host of friends here. A member of the Methodist church practically all of her life, Mrs. Arnold had always been active in church work as well as in social life of the community, and was especially loved because of the warmth and genuineness of her friendliness and hospitality.

Even in her declining years she did not lose her interest in her friends, her church or civic affairs of her home community, and was always an enthusiastic champion of every cause of the betterment of West Plains.

She also was a long time member of the Eastern Star lodge and was a past matron of the West Plains chapter.

Aunt of Mayor Harlin

Not only was Mrs. Arnold always "Aunt Cora" to her many friends, but she was a blood aunt of many of West Plains' prominent pioneer citizens, including Mayor James P. Harlin.

Besides her two daughters, both of whom were with her when the end came, Mrs. Arnold is survived by six grandchildren, Mrs. Fed Williams of Rolla, Mrs. Dan Gohn, Frank Reed Wood, Charles Arnold Bohrer, Jean and Judith Bohrer, all of West Plains, and three great grandchildren, Jim Fed and Joeneil Williams and Samuel David Gohn. All of the grandchildren also were within her when she passed away, with the exception of Frank Reed Wood and Charles Arnold Bohrer, who are students in the University of Missouri in Columbia, and who will arrive here this afternoon.

Among the surviving nephews and nieces most of whom are here or will be here tomorrow are Mayor James P. Harlin, J. Elmer Kellett, Howard C. Kellett, Mrs. Ralph Ward, Mrs. Rex Wood, Mrs. Ray Amyx and Bert Pratt, all of West Plains; Dewey Harlin of Stuttgart, Ark., Senator John C. Harlin of Gainesville; Mrs. T. S. Meek of Shelby, Miss.; Mrs. Marion Kellett Kallaher, of Memphis; Mrs. Lou Boone. of Tulsa; Mrs. A. C. McGinty, and Mrs. Henrietta Rockhold of Neosho; Tecumseh Conkin of Cabool; MRs. Lora Sigler of Springfield, Mrs. J.C. Sanders of Gainesville, Mrs. W. H. Harrison of Lubbock, Tex., Mrs. Minnie Lee Harrison of Pecos, Tex., Mrs. Frank Protiva of Willow Springs and a host of other relatives all well known here.

Mrs. Arnold was the last surviving number of the James Arnold family. Her brothers and sisters, nearly all of whom were prominently identified with the early history of Howell and Ozark counties and all of whom preceded her in death by several years were Mrs. Harriett Compton, Jarrett Conkin, Mrs. Mary Harlin, Mrs. Martha Hale, wife of the late Circuit Judge J. F. Hale, Mrs. Mathilda Comer, Mrs. F. M. Kellett, Mrs. Florence Pratt, and E. E. Conkin. The others died in infancy.

Funeral Tomorrow

Funeral services will be held at 2 o'clock tomorrow afternoon in the Methodist church here, and will be in charge of the pastor, the Rev. B. B. Harvey.

The body will lie in state at the Bohrer home until 12:45 o'clock tomorrow afternoon, when it will be taken to the church to lie in state until 1:45 o'clock.

A guard of honor from the church circles and from the Eastern Star will remain with the body at the church and will receive those who call.

No Flowers

Although always a lover of flowers, Mrs. Arnold requested that no flowers be sent for her funeral, explaining that her relatives and friends had kept her supplied with so many during her illness and that she had enjoyed them so much she did not want them to send more.

Burial will be in Oak Lawn cemetery.

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