Sunday, April 18, 2010

Dunn Springs Cemetery W.O.W. Stones

June 10, 1921 W.O.W. Decorate Graves At Dunn Springs Cemetery

Members of Marion, Weston and Hebron Camps of Woodmen met at Dunn Springs Cemetery and conducted decoration exercises at the graves of Will Alvis and W. B. Turley.  

Members of Weston Camp had charge of the services.  Rev. Virgil Stone delivered a short but very appropriate talk.  A large crowd was in attendance.

Will Alvis died Nov. 16, 1918.  The Crittenden Presses for the year 1918 are very sketchy so was unable to find an obituary for Alvis.  
His marriage in 1903 was an interesting item in the April 23, 1903 edition of The Crittenden Press.  Last Wednesday Mr. Wm. Alvis, a popular young farmer of the Hebron neighborhood, went to the residence of Mr. W. L. Clement, a well known farmer of Clementburg, and astonished all the members of the family but one, by announcing that he had come for his wife.  When called upon to explain his seemingly absurd statement, he drew from his pocket his marriage certificate showing that he and Mr. Clement's handsome daughter, Miss Sallie, were married  in Shawneetown, Ill, last September.  They had been sweethearts a long time.  While over at the fair, they concluded to play a joke on their friends.  They were married, came home and each faithfully kept the secret until last week, when the groom grew weary of the time and distance and claimed his own.  After a friendly scolding, congratulations were mutual and the bride went home.

W. B. Turley died Oct. 20, 1915.  His obituary reads, Dec. 2, 1915:  Mr. Ben Turley, thirty-three years of age, died at his home near Forest Grove, of Bright's disease.  He had been in bad health for a year but would not give up until the end.  He leaves a wife, father and five brothers to mourn his death.  He was married to Miss Lillie Harness in 1905.  His father, Sanford Turley, of Fredonia and his brothers are as follows:  Messrs. Harve, Tom, Harrison and Burnett, all of this county.  He was a son of Sanford and Mary Walker Turley.

Next to W. B. Turley is his brother, Thomas.  His tombstone reads that he died Feb. 14, 1923, but his obituary says he died Feb. 24th. 
Crittenden Press, March 2, 1923.  Thomas Turley, 38 years old, died at the Soldiers Hospital in St. Louis, of afflictions growing out of injuries received while in service in France during the World War.  The remains were brought here for burial.  He is survived by four brothers, all of this county.  He was unmarried.  He suffered from shell shock, while in battle and never fully recovered.  His stone reads Kentucky Pvt. 305 Co. C INF, 77 Div

These pictures were taken April 15th, 2010.

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