Gustavus Adolphus “G.A.” Rose


Gustavus Adolphus “G.A.” Rose

La Porte, La Porte County, Indiana, USA
Death 14 Dec 1940 (aged 76)
Ellsinore, Carter County, Missouri, USA
Burial Carthage, Jasper County, Missouri, USA
Plot Traditional Sector Bl 18 Lot 3 Sp 2
Memorial ID 46917229 View Source
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h/o Mable Reid.

Birth: in La Porte, La Porte county, Indiana, 3rd of five known children, census information reflects that 1865 may (?) possibly have been his birth year.

He was a farmer at heart with his life fairly well documented in the following obituary. For more information visit Powers Museum of Carthage

Census: 1870, age 5 Marion township, Jasper county, Missouri with parents, a maternal uncle & two siblings.

Census: 1880, age 15 Carthage, Jasper county, Missouri with parents & four siblings on north Lincoln street.

They apparently lived in Nebraska where first son was born, before returning to Carthage, Missouri to work in father's dry goods store.

From Mornin' Mail, 1899, to wit: G.A. Rose has his fine new residence on South Main street so far along that the carpenters are now engaged on the finishing work. As Mr. Rose has to move from the house he now occupies by December 15 he is greatly in hopes that he can have the upstairs of the new house sufficiently completed by that time to move into the upper rooms.

Census: 1900, age 32 Carthage, Jasper county, Missouri with wife & two sons at 1320 south Main street (house later which widow Lizzie Halzelgrave lived in then owned by George B Wood who may (?) have built it, then after daughter Laura's demise was bought by the Rodenberg's converted to the Linden Apartments, with a swim pool an addition.)

Census: 1910, age 42 South Emmett, Canyon county, Idaho, with wife & three children farmer on Box Springs road.

After building at 1320 south Main street, following their enjoying life there many years, they removed to Idaho then returned to resided at 826, now 828 south Clinton. He spent his waning years of life, east across state, on farm near Ellsinore, Carter county, Missouri with wife remaining in Carthage. Also, he with son H R are noted in American Shorthorn herd book Vol. 110, page 48 and Jersey swine records, Vol 79, page 48.

Census 1920, age 54 Carthage, Jasper county, Missouri with wife & daughter at 826, now 828 Clinton street, manager of dry goods store.

Census: 1930, age 65 Johnson, Carter county, Missouri, by self a general farmer.

Death: near Ellsinore, Carter county, Missouri, on the farm he so dearly loved, Missouri Death Certificate, informant, not named. Certificate has been altered and the headstone dates are both different?



January 16, 1940



End Comes on His Farm Near Ellsinore, MO --
Burial To Be Here

G. A. Rose, 75, former head of the Rose Mercantile Company here and for many years a civic leader in Carthage, was found dead yesterday at his farm near Ellsinore, Missouri.

His sister, Mrs. Fred Hodson of Lincoln Street, was notified last night by long distance telephone of Mr. Rose's death by the coroner of Carter county. He stated that neighbors of Mr. Rose became alarmed when they did not see him about and notified him. He went to the Rose home and found Mr. Rose dead. Due to poor telephone connections Mrs. Hodson was unable to get the complete details concerning her brother's death.

Mrs. Hodson received a letter from him about 10 days ago and at that time he said nothing of being ill.
Mrs. Rose, who went to Kansas City early in December to visit her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Bathurst, recently had gone to Parsons, Kansas to visit before returning home. She arrived here this afternoon. Mr. and Mrs. Bathurst came to Carthage this morning from Kansas City, to make arrangements for the funeral services and burial which will be here.


Mr. Rose was born September 15, 1864, in LaPorte, Indiana. His parents, the late Mr. and Mrs. R. H. Rose, and their sons Heber and G. A. came to Carthage in 1867. About two years later R. H. Rose established the R. H. Rose store here on the north side of the square. It was later moved to the Center building then to a building on the south side where the Scott store is now located and when the building at the northwest corner of the square, now occupied by the Reynolds Hardware Store, was built, Mr. Rose moved his business there. The building was then known as the Danton block, [once owned by James Luke while the 1890 created Y M C A once occupied its 2nd floor]. It was while the store occupied this site that the Rose business was incorporated, with many of the employees stockholders.

The son, G. A. Rose, was associated with his father in the store during the last few years of R. H. Rose's life, and following his death G. A. Rose managed the establishment. He continued there until about 12 years ago [Rose's store serving citizens of Carthage for around sixty years] when the business was closed. The last several years Mr. Rose has made his home on the farm near Ellsinore, while Mrs. Rose has resided here.

Surviving him besides the wife and daughter and the sister, Mrs. Hodson are a son, Heber Rose of San Francisco, California; another sister, Miss Elizabeth Rose and a brother, Dr. Robert Hugh Rose, both of New York City, Heber, a brother of G. A. Rose died in 1882.

He is also survived by four grandchildren.


During his business career in Carthage, Mr. Rose was a leader in all civic undertakings and served as president of the Carthage Business Men's League, which later was supplanted by the Chamber of Commerce.

One of the campaigns in which he took a prominent role was that which brought the first shoe factory to Carthage 25 years ago. The plant was established by William Kaut and C. F. Reith of St. Louis and later became the Juvenile Shoe corporation. Carthage raised about $35,000. to build the factory building on River Street for the company. This building, enlarged by several additions is now the home of the Steadley spring bed plant.

Mr. Rose also was active in all movements designed to develop farming in the area. In fact farming and stock raising interested him above all other things and led to his abandonment of the mercantile business for farming.

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Father: Reginald Heber Rose b: 15 SEP 1832 Lynchburg, Virginia.
Mother: Doshea Early b: 22 SEP 1837 Bemont, Brown county, Indiana.

Marriage: Mabel Reid, b: 7 AUG 1867 Kirksville, Adair county, Missouri.
Married: 17 SEP 1890 Carthage, Jasper county, Missouri.

Known Children

Heber Reid Rose b: JUL 1891 Benkelman, Dundy county, Nebraska.

Eugene S Rose b: 7 SEP 1893 Carthage, Jasper county, Missouri.

Docia Virginia Rose b: 26 JUN 1901 Carthage, Jasper county, Missouri.

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