I now live outside of Austin, TX, but was raised in Mountain View, MO. My grandparents, 3 aunts, and 1 uncle are buried in the same cemetery with William Isaac and Julia Ann. I put flowers on the graves every year for Memorial Day. I was traveling to MO once a month or so because my Mother, Necy, was not in the best of health. Her mind was still as sharp as ever, but her body had betrayed her. She was 94... What I find strange, is the fact that she passed away on December 24th, and so did my great, great grandmother Julia Ann Barham, and my great grandmother, Mary Jane Weller (Jasper's wife).
I did not have cameras with me, when I visited Cobalt, but plan to go back in the spring to take pictures hopefully when the flowers are in bloom. I would like to video the property, also. The farmer tells me that he still has to dump dirt into the cistern every year to try to cover it up. It is now a hay field, and the owner tells me that the hay very quickly outgrows the daffodils. But, it is the same place that I remember from my childhood (back in the 1960s when we visited with my Dad's Aunt Lyd and Uncle Lawrence - it would have been their Grandfather's place)... It is a very pretty site, sitting on a hill, where the back view of the house would have been the rolling hills of Southern Missouri. It is in Howell County, but is very near the Shannon County line.
We have also found the location of a grist mill that my great grandfather, Jasper owned in Cobalt. The grist mill (called the White Mill by the family), was later moved to Mountain View when the railroad located there. It is only about 4 or 5 miles to the north of Cobalt. Also, I've located the pond and the mill (called the Red Mill) where red bricks were made that were used in most of the old buildings in Mountain View. I also have a picture of Mountain View's main street in which A.B. Chowning has a store. (Austin B. Chowning).
I would like to talk to you... How is the best way to share contact information? In one of the private chat rooms? I am new to this site. Darroll had talked to Mom several years back (which she had mentioned to me), but I don't know the best way to go about this?
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