In 1910 eleven young men and women graduated from Cabool High School. A picture of these graduates and Professor W. L. Johnson was printed in the Cabool Enterprise over 100 years later, October 15, 2015.
An inquisitive Cabool resident asked me several questions, such as were the parents of these children doctors, merchants, grocers, farmers, lawyers, sawmill workers, or other occupations? She mentioned that we have streets named Garst, Patton, Durnell, Davis, Britton, and others. Did the students have any of these names? After 100 years she is interested in the history of Cabool and eleven graduates. In case you missed the picture in October, we are printing it again. I have researched the families of these graduates and found the following information:
MERRITT E. GARST – He was the youngest son of Peter and Cordelia Garst. The father listed his occupation on census records in 1910 as a farmer living on Garst Avenue. We can assume the avenue was named for the early resident in that area of Cabool. Merrit was about 18 when he graduated and later married Lucy Malissa Spurlock.
OTTO O. HARTLEY – He was the son of Oscar and Martha Hartley. Mr. Hartley listed his birthplace and the birthplace of his parents as Pennsylvania. The family lived on a farm and did general farming in Clinton Township (Clinton is the township west of Burdine Township). Otto was about 22 when he graduated and died in October the same year. (The Hartley farm was west of the Unterkircher place.)
FRED B. HENGEL – Fred was the son of Henry and Mary Hengel. His parents were born in Germany and came to America in 1879 and became naturalized citizens. Their three children – Mary K., Anna E. and Fred D. or B. – were born in Missouri. The 1910 census listed the home on Pine Avenue in Cabool where his occupation was listed as retail merchant.
The graduation picture has Fred’s middle initial as “B”; the census records show “D”. He was 15 or 16 when he graduated.
EUNICE HIGGINBOTHAM – She was the daughter of Samuel H. and Martha (Douglas) Higginbotham. Her parents were born in Warren County, Tennessee. In 1907 Samuel was collector for the City of Cabool, the 1910 census lists Samuel’s occupation as butcher and living on Main Street in Cabool. In 1920 he is listed as a farmer. Eunice was 19 when she graduated.
CORINNE, BEATRIC, AND CATO JACKSON – All are children of Joseph W. and Alice Jackson. Joseph was born in Iowa in 1853. They moved to Texas County, Missouri, about 1886. The 1910 census lists Joseph as a farmer living with his family in Burdine Township. When the children graduated, Corinne was 21, Beatrice 18 and Cato 16. They had an older brother, Emmett, age 24. Corinne Jackson and Frederick L. Kelso were married September 20, 1915. Beatrice never married; she owned a dress shop in Cabool for several years. Cato married and lived around Cabool several years. He later moved to Florida and died there.
MAYME RAYMER – She was the daughter of William F. and Emma Raymer. The family moved to Cabool from Kansas about 1900. The Raymer farm covered from Chestnut to Pine street and Maple down Raymer’s Branch nearly to Summit. They subdivided from Cedar to Pine in a four-block “Raymer’s Addition to Cabool.” Mr. Raymer engaged in farming and raising purebred livestock, especially Percheron horses and Shropshire sheep. Mayme’s older sister, Charlotte Lavern, married Walter W. Durnell and they had a son, Raymer Durnell, and a daughter, Helen Durnell Phillips. Cabool has a street named Durnell.
JOHN AND HERMAN UNTERKIRCHER – They were sons of Jacob and Lena Unterkircher. The family moved to Cabool from Nebraska in 1893 and purchased a farm on the west side of Cabool. In 1914, Herman was married to Flossie Nicholson, and to this union two sons and one daughter were born. The daughter, Dorothy Etter, her two daughters and two grandsons survive. Herman was a farmer and salesman for W. T. Raleigh Company.
CORDELIA WEBB – She was the daughter of Mary E. Webb Jackson and her stepfather was Joseph W. Jackson. She was 18 when she graduated. She had one brother, Harvey E. Webb, age 14.
Most of the early settlers were farmers or lived on a farm. Were you surprised? In the early years, unimproved land ranged in price from $12.50 to $20.00 per acre, while improved land could be purchased for $20.00 to $100.00 per acre.
Besides listing their occupation as farmers, only one person was a merchant, one a part-time butcher, and one a part-time salesman.
Did you know Raymer Branch runs through Cabool?
Education was important to these early residents. That is why we have this picture after over 100 years.