Elmer Baker and Laura Pottle Monroe


Elmer Baker Monroe Obituary

Was Pioneer in Reclaiming Mississippi Bottomlands in Missouri.

     ELMER BAKER MONROE died at his home, 1235 Main Street, Quincy at 3 o'clock, Thursday morning, May 24, 1934, after a long illness. Death followed a cerebral hemorrhage suffered two months ago. Mr. Monroe was born on a farm south of Plainville, November 11, 1862, growing to young manhood on the farm and then moving to Plainville, where he spent the greater portion of his life as a livestock and real estate dealer. For the past five years, Mr. Monroe and his wife lived in Quincy, making their home with his nephew, James G. Seeley. Mr. Monroe did extensive farming and was a pioneer in reclaiming the Mississippi bottomlands in Missouri, west of Quincy. On November 11, 1891, Mr. Monroe was united in marriage to Laura Pottle, who survives him. Three sisters also survive, Mrs. Mattie Seeley and Miss Mae Monroe of Plainville, and Mrs. Winnie Wheelock of Payson. There are several nieces and nephews Mattie Seeley and Miss Mae Monroe of Plainville, and Mrs. Winnie Wheelock of Payson. There are several nieces and nephews

[Source: Quincy Herald Whig, Adams County, IL, May 1934 - Submitted by Donna]

Laura Emma Pottle Monroe Obituary

     MRS. LAURA EMMA POTTLE MONROE, 144 1/2 State, died at noon Monday, December 30, 1945 in St. Joseph Hospital. She had been in failing health for several years and seriously ill for 10 weeks. A daughter of Albert and Emma Miller Pottle, she was born in Plainville, Illinois on February 7, 1872. She was married November 11, 1891 in Plainville to Elmer B. Monroe. He died May 24, 1934. Mrs. Monroe spent the greater part of her life in Plainville. She and her husband moved to Mendon in 1916 and while there made a home with her nephew, James G. Seeley, who was in business in Mendon at that time. They moved to Quincy in 1929. Since the death of her husband in 1934, Mrs. Monroe had been cared for by her nephew to whom she was greatly devoted. A talented musician and vocalist, Mrs. Monroe participated in church activities and other events while in Plainville. She was a member of the Methodist Church in Plainville, and for the last 16 years, since living in Quincy, she had attended the Vermont Street Methodist Church. She was also a member of Grace Whipple chapter, Order of the Eastern Star. Surviving are three brothers, Lewis A. Pottle and Dr. L. G. Pottle of Quincy and C.B. Pottle of Clayton; a sister, Miss Ada Pottle of Quincy and several nieces and nephews.

[Source: Quincy Herald Whig, Adams County, IL, December 31, 1945 - Submitted by Donna]

FUNERAL services for MRS. LAURA E. MONROE were held Thursday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. in Seeley Memorial. In charge was the Rev. I. W. Bingaman. Mrs. Alvoid Colpitts was organist with Mrs. Alvin Michel, harpist and Mrs. Laurel Mackison vocalist. Order of Eastern Star services were in charge of Grace Whipple chapter with Mrs. Pearl Crawford as worthy Maton, Everett Lawrence as a world patron and Mrs. Frankie Dodge as chaplain. Burial was in Stewart Cemetery at Plainville with John Jones, Claude Hill, Thomas Moore, Dyas Nelson, Dr. Frank Stout and William H.H. Dodd as pallbearers.

[Source: Quincy Herald Whig, Adams County, IL, January 4, 1946 - Submitted by Donna]

Donna has noted that Elmer and Laura are both buried in Stewart Cemetery, Plainville, Adams, IL.

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