Will B. Caton
Sedalia, Pettis County, Missouri
“Will B. Caton, was one of the pioneer businessmen of Winfield.
Mr. Caton was born in Delaware, Ohio. He served his country in the Civil war for nearly four years as a bugler in the Second Missouri Cavalry, Merrill's Horse, enlisting before he was fourteen years old.
Following the war, in the hard times of the reconstruction period, which Mr. Caton insisted were worse than the 1833 depression, he ended a campaign of walking the streets looking for work by binding himself out as an apprentice to a marble cutter in Booneville, Missouri, at eight dollars a month for three years to learn the trade.
In 1869 Mr. Caton was married to Miss Julia Blankenmeister. He opened a marble business in Sedalia, Missouri, which he conducted successfully for several years and then sold out and came to Kansas
He came to Winfield in 1879 and entered the grocery business. He then founded the Caton Marble works in 1880 and operated it until his retirement in 1920, associating for the last 25 years of that period with his son, Harry A. Caton, who continued the business.”
Alvis M. “Brownie”
& Elizabeth Davis
Deepwater, HenryCounty, Missouri
”Daily Democrat, Clinton, MO, Jan 15 2002 –
Cora Elizabeth Davis was born December 13, 1904, in Henry County, (Missouri), daughter of Elmer and Iva Manbeck. She died January 6, 2002, at Clinton Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center. She married Alvis Malone "Brownie" Davis in 1927. He died in 1986.
They co-owned and operated Davis Rock Quarry. She was a member of Pleasant Valley Baptist Church and loved her garden. She spent most of her life in the Deepwater area. Along with her husband, she was preceded in death by one sister, Ada R. Frazier, and two brothers, Albert and Jake Manbeck.
Survivors include one son, William E. Davis and wife June, Deepwater; one daughter, Thelma M. Loyd, Mount Ida, Arkansas; two grandsons, Kevin E. Davis, Deepwater, and Stephen M. Loyd, Lafayette, Louisiana; one granddaughter, Sherlyn Hebert, Navarre, Florida, and six great-grandchildren. Graveside services were held January 10 at the Deepwater Cemetery with Rev. Marshall Dark officiating. Serving as pallbearers were Robert Henson, Buford Manbeck, Glen Manbeck, Stephen Loyd, Kevin Davis and Carrie Hebert.”
Clinton, Henry County, Missouri
“Charles Gebherdt, stone mason and contractor of stone work, is a native of Germany, and was born February 7, 1843. He grew to manhood and was educated in his native country. His father being a stone mason by trade, Charles was also brought up to the same occupation under the instruction of the senior Gebherdt.
In December, 1866, he emigrated to America, and finally settled in Mt. Vernon, Indiana, where he was engaged in stone masoning till June, 1868.
He then came to Clinton, Missouri, and since his arrival here has done most of the stone work on the better class of buildings, and he is considered one of the best masons in this vicinity. Mr. G. has a fine sand stone quarry one-fourth of a mile west of this city, where he has a vein of rich stone six feet in thickness, and of the best quality. He uses it only in cut work.
He was united in marriage February 16, 1869, to Miss Anna Schmidt, also of Germany Mr. G. is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows.”
Source: History of Henry and St. Clair Counties Missouri , 1883, p. 515