I am the historian of the Cathedral Church of the Episcopal Diocese of West Missouri, Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral, located in Kansas City, Missouri.
I am putting the finishing touches on a book on which I've worked for the past six years. The book deals mainly with the many memorial gifts, including the 18 large stained glass windows, in the Nave of the Cathedral.
However, the first four chapters of this book discuss the history of the five buildings which now comprise the Cathedral Complex, including the building constructed most recently, Founders' Hall.
The lobby of Founders' Hall is dedicated to Mercedes Latshaw Anderson (1914-2000). Her grandfather, Henry Joseph Latshaw (1835-1906), was very important in the development of Kansas City, Missouri, from about the time our parish was founded in 1870.
Fatina Josephine Rich Quade Latshaw was the step-mother of Henry Joseph Latshaw. We believe she was born in 1817 or 1818, because in all the Census reports, her age consistently indicates birth in 1818. She married Henry's father in about 1843 -- their first son was born in 1844. Her first husband, Christopher Quade (c. 1800-1842), died at a young age.
Fatina and her second husband, Peter Joseph Latshaw (1806-1881), lived in Ohio at the time of his death. He is buried in Oak Grove Cemetery, now part of the campus of Bowling Green State University. Fatina, who was married to Peter for 38 years, is not buried with him. I even insisted that the record keeper for that cemetery double-check the original paper records to be certain that she was not inadvertently omitted from the searchable online database. I was assured that she is not buried there.
The last time we find Fatina in any public record is in the 1885 Kansas Census. At that time, she was living with her son, Jay Latshaw (1848-1912), in Rice County, Kansas. Then, she disappears. We have searched for death and marriage records for her in Rice, Ellsworth, and Kingman Counties in Kansas, where the surname Latshaw appeared in records. We found no records in those Kansas counties for Fatina, other than the 1885 Kansas Census.
Jay Latshaw, his wife, son, and daughter-in-law, are all buried in Clear Creek Cemetery in Greene County, Missouri. I attempted to seek assistance with the Public Library in Springfield, but the person in the local history department there was not very interested in assisting me. He told me that Fatina is not buried in Clear Creek, but I had to coach him on how and where to look, so I'm not confident that I received an accurate response to my inquiry.
Fatina may not be buried in Clear Creek Cemetery, but she might be buried in another cemetery there in Greene County. I do not know when Clear Creek Cemetery was founded, and do not know if it existed at the time that Fatina died, which I'm willing to bet was before the 1900 Census, since she does not appear with any of her children in that enumeration. (We could find only one other Fatina in the 1900 Federal Census, and she was not Fatina Latshaw, as we traced her and found she had a different maiden name and husband.) My greatest fear is that Fatina Latshaw married a third time, (she would have been 67 years old in 1885,) and that is why we can't locate her.
Would anyone be willing to research this matter for the Cathedral? We need to have the research done fairly quickly, (we've been working on locating Fatina for several months). I am afraid that we do not have any funds to pay for this type of research. I would drive to Springfield and do this research myself, but I have serious blood-clot issues in my legs, and being in a car for long periods of time is not good for me.
Please, if you are interested in assisting us, feel free to contact me directly at RandalJLoy@gmail.com, or at my home telephone number, (816) 452-5055. I work from my home and you can reach me there most any time.
Thank you so much!
Randal J. Loy
Historian to the Dean of
Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral
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