William Walker Calhoon

William Walker Calhoon

Hookstown, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 16 Sep 1913 (aged 59)
South Haven, Van Buren County, Michigan, USA
Burial Carthage, Jasper County, Missouri, USA
Plot Bl 33 Lot 91
Memorial ID 54293885 · View Source
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Veteran: Civil War (USA)

h/o 1st Maggie Moore, 2nd Anna Barde.

Birth: in Hookstown, Beaver county, Pennsylvania.

Served the Union Army during the Civil War, becoming a Charter member of Carthage's Stanton Post #16, GAR 19 July 1882 along with Major Josiah Tilden, Major Sam Wetzel and some 38 others.

Census: 1880, age 26 Kansas City, Jackson county, Missouri boarding and listed as a laborer.
On 2 Feb 1885, selected to 1st board of new Carthage Collegiate Institute.

Built home at 1305, now 903 South Garrison in 1880s later owned by 1918-1920 mayor, Sam C. Boggess until it burnt down.

House photo is a copy of original.
"Residence of W. W. Calhoon, southwest corner of Garrison avenue and Poplar street. In the 1800's, was a typical wealthy Carthage home of the decade. A barn was as essential to a local residence of the day as a garage is now. In it was not only the family driving horse but perhaps a cow or two to furnish the family milk. Mr. Calhoon, a former mayor [1892-4] had a share in many Carthage business enterprises."~(Later owned by Sam C. Boggess before 1920, where once James Luke lived following December 1915 death of his 2nd wife until married to 3rd wife in 1919 or until it burnt down, replaced later by Mr. Beck of the Beck Casket company, with a single story bungalow where Virginia Irwin last lived)

Item from Joplin Daily Herald
Friday, September 7, 1888

"Local Happenings"

W. W. Calhoon of Carthage, was married yesterday at Sedalia to Miss Annie Barde of that city. Mr. Calhoon is a prominent insurance agent of Carthage.

He was here for two years and then moved to Kansas City where he remained for three years. He then returned to Carthage to take a position with A. H. Rogers, who was general agent for the German Insurance Co., of Freeport, Illinois, with the whole state of Missouri for his territory.

Afterwards Mr. Rogers quit the business and W. W. Calhoon succeeded him. Mr. Calhoon and J. F. Harrison continued this agency for years with great success.

It was while still conducting this general insurance agency, that Mr. Calhoon and others built the electric lines from here to Carterville, then known as the "White Line", see 1895 photo at right. At the same time other parties had built the electric line from Joplin to Carterville and the two systems exchanged business. Afterwards the two systems were consolidated and passed to the present management of the Southwest Missouri Electric Railway, the complete system running from Carthage to Galena, Kansas. Mr. Calhoon also was connected with the company which a few years ago built the electric railway from Joplin to Pittsburg, Kansas.
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Mr. Calhoon made much money in all these railroad deals, as well as in the insurance business, and was a man of wealth. He was liberal in his dealings and active and progressive in his business methods. He was the kind of man who did things and who was active in public enterprises and led other people to do things. His residence in Carthage has meant much for her progress and prestige. He was a member of the Calhoon-Putnam Lumber Co. of this City at the time of his death.

Four years ago he removed to Kansas City, where he has been since living, but his interment will be at Carthage, his old home.

Member of 1st Board of Directors of Carthage's Y M C A in 1890.

Mayor of Carthage 1892 to 1894 when construction started on new county courthouse, which remains being used in 2013.

1895, President of the Jasper County Electric Railroad Company, which later merged/sold to A. H. Roger's Southwest Missouri Electric Railway, the complete system running from Carthage to Galena, Kansas.

Board of Director of Carthage National Bank, then later on board of Central National Bank of Carthage.

Following from Mornin' Mail, whose dates are NOT always correct.

~ 1897:
By mutual consent the firm of Calhoon & Banks, the south side furniture dealers, was dissolved. W. W. Calhoon will continue the business as before and J. A. Banks will retire. General Banks has purchased an old fashioned plantation near Richmond, Virginia, and will move there with his family.

"W W" was a public spirited person, whose second wife Anna with the assistance of her sisters,Mrs. F. H. Fitch , Mrs. C. F. 'Julia' McElroy and Miss Georgiana Barde entertained in her Garrison avenue home with 200 invitations sent out in 1898.

Census: 1900, age 44 Carthage, Jasper county, Missouri with 2nd wife at 1303, now 903 south Garrison avenue, into lumber and furniture.

~ 1903
Held a Meeting Yesterday — Will Locate Site This Evening

The hospital board, which is composed of Sam'l McReynolds, Dr. F. W. Flower, C. O. Harrington, G. C. Howenstein and W. W. Calhoun, met yesterday afternoon to plan for the future.

They agreed to drive out to the hospital grounds in the southwest part of town this evening and select a site to which to move the cottage already on the ground. The site for the proposed hospital building will be also chosen.

The grounds are 50 feet narrower at the north end than at the south, and it is the plan to buy a sufficient strip of ground to make the land square. The money for this board expects to raise from the citizens so as to have the whole of the $10,000 for the building itself.

~ 1904
Electric Line Officers.

The Carthage directors of the electric line showed how absolute is their power at the directors meeting held in the company's office on West Third street. Every officer, as well as 6 of the 11 directors are Carthage men. The officers chosen are: W. W. Calhoon, president; J. F. Harrison, vice president; C. F. McElroy, secretary; D. R. Goucher, treasurer; and F. H. Fitch, superintendent.

Census: 1910, age 55 Kansas City, Jackson county, Missouri with 2nd wife and cousin-in-law at 1002 east 38th street, "capitalist".

Death: in hospital at South Haven, Van Buren county, Michigan.

Sister-in-law, Georgiana Barde is the only other person buried in the Calhoon family plot in Park Cemetery with W. W. Calhoon


SEPTEMBER 16, 1913



For Many Years He Was Closely Identified With the Business Life of This City

W. W. Calhoon died in a hospital in South Haven, Michigan, this morning at 3 o'clock, according to a dispatch received by relatives here today. The deceased was for many years one of the most prominent and active business men of Carthage. Four years ago he moved to Kansas City, but he still retained business interests here and spent considerable time in Carthage.

Diabetes and a severe carbuncle on his neck were the causes of his death. He left here two weeks ago for South Haven for his health, the first symptoms of the carbuncle developing about that time. It was not until he had been at South Haven for several days that the carbuncle seemed a matter for serious concern, but a week ago last Saturday he went to a hospital to undergo an operation in connection with the carbuncle. A complication followed and his condition became serious, resulting in his death as stated. His brother, Thomas Calhoon, and his nephew George Calhoon, left here Saturday night to go to him and were with him when he died. Mrs. Calhoon was already at South Haven, Mr. Calhoon having gone there to join his wife.

The remains will be brought to Carthage for interment,, but the funeral arrangements had not been completed this afternoon.

Mr. Calhoon was born at Hookstown, Pennsylvania 58 years ago. He was married to Miss Maggie Moore, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and brought his young wife to Carthage in the fall of 1877. A few years afterwards his wife died and the body was taken back to Pennsylvania for burial.
On September 6, 1888, he was married here to Miss Anna Barde, the adopted daughter of Mrs. Sarah Barde, who now survives him.

Father: Milton Calhoon
Mother: Phoebe Mackall.

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