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Nick Thurman Cave

  • Birth 9 Mar 1885 New Bloomfield, Callaway County, Missouri, USA
  • Death 4 Sep 1961 Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri, USA
  • Burial Fulton, Callaway County, Missouri, USA
  • Memorial ID 90179207

Nick T. Cave was born March 9, 1885 near New Bloomfield, Callaway County, Missouri. His parents were John C. and Sally (Suggett) Cave. Nick had two brothers, Henry Shannon Cave and William Curtis Cave, two younger sisters, Eva Cave Barrow and Alleyne Cave.

Nick graduated from Westminister College in Fulton, Missouri in 1908 and from Washington University Law School in St. Louis, Missouri Cum Laude in 1911.

On October 1, 1913, he married Ella Pauline Martin of Richmond, Missouri. To this union was born one son, John Martin Cave. John practiced law in Fulton from March 1946 until he was electated Circuit Judge.

Nick served two terms as Prosecuting Attoney of Callaway County, four years in Missouri House of Representatives and eight years in the Missouri Senate. He practiced law for almost thirty years, nineteen years in Fulton and ten years in Columbia, Missouri, during which time he came to be recognized as the one outstanding trial lawyer in the state.

Nick was appointed to fill an unexpired term in the Kansas City Court of Appeals. On November 5, 1940, he was elected for the remainder of the term and was retained on that court until he reached manditory retirement in 1960. Nick was frequently called as Special Judge to sit with the Missouri Supreme Court and both Courts of Appeals in St. Louis and Springfield, Missouri.

Nick died September 4, 1962 and his wife Ella Pauline died in 1963.

The Missouri Telegraph-1913:

Mrs. Stella Martin, of Atchison, Kansas has announced the engagement of her daughter, Miss Ella Pauline Martin to Mr. Nicholas Thurmond Cave. The wedding date has not been announced but it will be in the early fall.

Miss Martin has been in Synodical College the last three years, graduating from that college in 1912 and teaching in the musical department during the winter of 1912-13. Miss Martin is one of the prettiest and most talented young ladies in our acquaintance and it is with pleasure that we announce the approaching marriage to a man of our city.

When Mr. Cave made the race for the nomination of prosecuting attorney in the summer of 1912 he said that he was a candidate not only for the nomination but for matrimony. It was just q year ago that Mr. Cave succeeded in getting the nomination for prosecuting and today announced the success of his other candidate.

Mr. Cave was born and raised in this county and is well known and esteemed by the citizens of the entire county.

The Fulton Daily Sun-January 21, 1913:

The eighth annual banquet of the business and professional men of fulton is said to be held at the Christian Church. The following menu will be served:
Cream of Potato Soup
Roast Turkey-Dressing-Gravy
Cranberry Jelly
Creamed Oysters
Delmonico Potatoes
Peas-Celery-Midget Pickles
Hot Rolls and Coffee

Nick T. Cave, President, will be toastmaster.

Missouri Telegraph 1912
100 Years Ago:

At the New Bloomfield picnic the young ladies were notified it is time for them to get busy. Nick T. Cave opened his speech by announcing to the young ladies that he was unmarried but was a candidate for matrimony as well as for prosecuting attorney and was making as good a race as he could for both offices.
As he is a young man of good reputation as well as good looks, popular and in every way fitting the description of "destrable" we are certain that he ought to win as a candidate for matrimony, whether he does for prosecuting attorney or not.
Girls see to it that Nic is not left in this campaign without having a chance to make good and you know it is Leap Year.

Death Cert#32774:

Nick T. Cave, 76, of 6030 Oak Street, Kansas City, Missouri, died September 4, 1961 at St. Lukes Hospital in Kansas City.

Dr. Robert Hamill, of Kansas City, prononced death caused by Lymphatic Luekemia contributed to by Duodonal Ulcer. Informant was John C. Cave, son of the deceased.

Nick was born March 9, 1885, in Callaway County, the son of John C. and Sarah (Suggett) Cave. He married Ella Pauline Martin and she survives at their home. Nick was a Lawyer and a retired judge.

Arrangements were under the direction of Stine and McClure Funeral Services. Mr. Cave was returned to Callaway County and was interred in Hillcrest Cemetary.

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  • Created by: Marsha Williams Byrd of Missouri
  • Added: 15 May 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 90179207
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Nick Thurman Cave (9 Mar 1885–4 Sep 1961), Find A Grave Memorial no. 90179207, citing Hillcrest Cemetery, Fulton, Callaway County, Missouri, USA ; Maintained by Marsha Williams Byrd of Missouri (contributor 47312484) .