Jesse Burris “J.B.” Moore

Jesse Burris “J.B.” Moore

Devon, Bourbon County, Kansas, USA
Death 22 May 1931 (aged 61)
Kansas City, Wyandotte County, Kansas, USA
Burial Devon, Bourbon County, Kansas, USA
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Prominent Citizen suffered Hemorrhage at Kansas City Hospital.


Was Beloved by High School Youth; In Business Here For 33 Years; Burial At Centerville.

A pall of sorrow and regret fell over Fort Scott late yesterday afternoon, when it was learned that Jesse Burris Moore, proprietor of the Moore Grocery at 1004 S. Main street, had passed away at 4:55 o'clock, at the Bell Memorial Hospital, Kansas City, Kansas, where he had been a patient since last Sunday. A hemorrhage was the direct cause of death.

Word had come earlier in the day that the end was expected. With the exception of his son, George, all his children and grandchilren were at his bedside, also his son-in-law, State Senator Harry Warren. His devoted wife had been in constant attendance.

Mr. Moore had been in poor health for the past year and due to high blood pressure, he had taken a rest cure of six weeks, about three months ago. He improved and supervised his business until Saturday, May 16th. His sons, George and Harold were associated with him in the store.

Mr. Moore entered the hospital to take treatment for his eyes and to go through the clinic.

Mr. Moore was aged 61 years, his last birthday. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Joel Moore, pioneers of Bourbon county, Kans., and was born on a farm near Devon, January 15, 1870. His father was a member of the Kansas legislature, serving several terms during and after the Civil war. J.B. Moore was a youth when his father died, and he had little chance for a higher education, but he was endowed with self reliance, and a spirit of honesty and initiative, a considerate, kindly disposition, so 33 years ago he decided to launch out in the grocery business here. He maintained one of the most up-to-date and prosperous groceries in the city.

His place was the rendezvous for high school and college students for years, and he had a love for children and unlimited faith in youth. Often, during a rush he made their sandwiches and trusted them at times.

Yesterday, the school boys and girls manifested sincere grief when they heard their idolized friend was in such a critical condition. Prof. W.S. Davison made a loving tribute to Mr. Moore at the last assembly.

One who knew and loved Mr. Moore, said today: "I never knew a man who had such a love of home and family, with kindly disposition and generous." For years he had been a member of the Baptist church and he also belonged to the Modern Woodmen.

His marriage to Miss Margaret Gillies took place in Fort Scott, Kas., Feb. 19, 1896. Mrs. Moore survives, also the following children: Marion, Mrs. Harry Warren of 1008 S. Main street; Burt Moore, clerk of the district court; Harold Moore and George Moore, both of the Moore grocery, and Miss Mildred Moore, at home. The grandchildren are: Charles, Helen, Margaret, and Mary Elizabeth Warren, Mary Mildred, and J.B. Moore, a namesake; Mary Jean and Patricia Moore.

Mr. Moore also leaves a sister, Mrs. E.B. Gordon of La Grange, Ill., who, with her husband, will come for the funeral. Mrs. J.I. Killion and Mrs. George Killion, both of Devon, and two half brothers, Jed Hall of 112 West Oak street, and Omer Hall of Washington.

The body was brought from Kansas City last night and lies in state at the Moore home, 1008 S. Main street.

The funeral will be held Sunday, May 24th, at 3:30 p.m. at the home, 1008 S. Main street, conducted by the Rev. H.O. Holter of the First M.E. church, and assisted by the Rev. L.E. Viets of the first Baptist church. Burial will be in the family lot at Centerville cemetery.

Pallbearers are: Dr. C.F. Young, Mayor Martin Miller, G.R. Hughes, J.D. Warren Frank Hewitt, Everett Briggs, Harry Morrow and Elmer Shaver.

Others here from out of town are Mrs. Moore's sister, Mrs. Jennie Graff, Kansas City, Mo.; Victor Hall of Parsons, and Ed Blair of Springhill, Kas.

MONDAY MAY 25, 1931


Hundreds Gather At Bier of Main Street Grocer; Eulogy by Rev. Holter

The funeral of the late Jesse B. Moore, beloved citizen and prominent southside grocer, was very largely attended, fully four hundred persons being present from all over Bourbon county, including delegations from Devon and Hiattville, and students and faculty of Junior College and Senior High school, besides neighbors and relatives.

It had been Mr. Moore's request for a home service and there were numerous tear-filled eyes, as the friends passed by the bier, while Mrs. A.B. Konantz played softly.

Flowers in profusion and beauty literally banked the four walls of the room from floor to ceiling, at least a hundred tokens from family friends, dozens from business firms and organizations. On the silved gray metallic casket, in cathedral design, received the tribute from the family, a sheaf of calla lilies and roses. It was inscribed "Papa." A pillow inscribed "Grandfather," and a great fan on an easel from a group of fifty neighbors. Also a wreath inscribed "Neighbors," A most unusual rainbow of rows of varied flowers, rested on an easel. It was from Junior College, High School, faculty and students. Court house employees, I.O.O.F., and M.W..A., the Mothers' and Music Study Clubs, Ladies' Society of the First M.E. church, the Baptist, and Centerville churches, primary department, 1st M.E.S.S., wholesale commission, grocers and other firms.

Mrs. F.H. Carson, Miss Leona Seelye, W.H. Alsop and Maurice L. Drake, sang a favorite hymn, "What a Friend We Have in Jesus," with Mrs. A.B. Konantz at piano. At the request of a small granddaughter, "Home Sweet Home" was sung by Mr. Earl Konantz, accompanied by Mrs. Konantz.

Rev. L.E. Viets, pastor of the First Baptist church, offered a comforting prayer, thanking God for the life of this noble Christian man, whose daily life had been so beneficent, and asking blessings on those who sorrowed.

The Rev. H.O. Holter of the First Methodist church, read the chapter 13, Corinthians, beginning "tho I speak with the tongues of men and of angels have not charity, I am become as sounding brass or a tinkling cymbal." Love was the keynote of Mr. Moore's life, not only for his family, but for all who passed his way: The speaker very often had heard the comment of those who cherish his memory, particularly the young people. He had the faith as of a child and to a large degree his charity or love, "beareth all things, believeth all things and hopeth all things." He awaits his loved ones in the Eternal Home.

The interment took place in the family lot in the Centerville cemetery. The pallbearers were Dr. Claude F. Young, Martin Miller, G.R. Hughes, J.D. Warren, Frank Hewitt, Everett Briggs, Harry Morrow and Elmer Shaver.

Over a mile of cars were in the procession to Centerville.

Out of town relatives and friends attending were Mrs. B.E. Gordon and son, Bobby, La Grange, Ill.; Victor Hall and Reese Hughes, Parsons, Kans.; Mr. and Mrs. Ed Blair, Spring Hill, Kas.; Mr. and Mrs. A.F. Graff, Kansas City, Kans.; Mr. and Mrs. Charles Warren and Mr. and Mrs. Ed Warren, Hiattville; Mr. and Mrs. Otto Killion, Waldo, Kans.; Mr. and Mrs. Harry Killion, Winterset, Iowa; Mr. and Mrs. Paul Cummings, Neosho, Mo.; from Devon, Mr. and Mrs. George Killion, Mr. and Mrs. Homer Curtiss, Jesse Killion and family, Mr. and Mrs. Len Kepley and family, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Maher.




Jesse Burris Moore was born in Bourbon County, Kansas, January 15, 1870, son of Joel Burris and Margaret (Blair) Moore. He died at Fort Scott, on May 22, 1931.

Joel Burris Moore was born in Iroquois, Illinois, August 8, 1833, and came to Kansas in the early 1860's, and from 1864 until 1870, served as state representative, elected on the Republican ticket. He farmed until his death in Bourbon County, Kansas, on October 3, 1870. Margaret Blair was born at Cambridge, Ohio, October 12, 1843, and died at Fort Scott, November 28, 1911. She was intensely interested in music and educational affairs. Her father was a teacher.

Upon his graduation from public school in 1888, Jesse Burris Moore was married to Nellie A. Wiltse. She died at Devon, Kansas, December 19, 1894.

On February 19, 1896, he was married in Fort Scott, to Margaret Gillies. She was born in St. Louis, Missouri, July 26, 1873. Both of her parents were born in Scotland. To Mr. and Mrs. Moore the following children were born: Marion A., November 8, 1890, who married Senator Harry Warren; Burris (Bert), January 15, 1893, who married Leona Taylor; Harold (Patsy), November 20, 1896, who married Ardelia Harris; George, January 25, 1899; and Mildred, March 7, 1909.

Mr. Moore was a farmer from young manhood until 1896, and from that time until 1901, the owner of a bakery. In September of 1901, he entered into the grocery business, in which he continued until the time of his death. He was interested, although not particularly active, in Republican politics. His business organizations included the Chamber of Commerce, the Retail Merchants Association, the Religious Luncheon Club, and the Old Current Topic Club. He was much interested in, and the supporter of, all school sports. His religious affiliation was with the First Baptist Church. His hobbies were school, his home, and his children.


J.B. Moore & Sons
1002 - 1004 S. Main
Fort Scott, Kansas
1901 - 1948


Charles Moore Warren (1914 - 1997)
Helen Lucille Warren Childs (1916 - 1975)
Susana Margaret Warren Classen (1918 - 1999)
Marion Elizabeth Warren Brown (1922 - 2002)
Mary Mildred Moore Elliott (1921 - 1997)
Jesse Burris "J.B." Moore (1923 - 1994)
Mary Jean Moore Stegge (1924 - 1995)
George Robert Moore (1928 - 1929)
Patricia Lucille Moore Smith (1930 - 2012)

Gravesite Details Family buried at Centerville with exception of Burt (Evergreen), Mildred (National Cemetery), & Joel (West Plains).
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