|Mrs. Thomas E. Cheatham, Mrs. Frank Deerwester, Mrs. James C. Thornton, Mrs. Charles H. Howes, Dr. Frances Coleman Smith, Mrs. Kate Ellis Reed Warrensburg, Missouri|
Biographical Sketch of Thomas E. Cheatham, Johnson County, Missouri, Warrensburg From "History of Johnson County, Missouri," by Ewing Cockrell, Historical Publishing Company, Topeka, Cleveland, 1918. ****************************************************** Thomas E. Cheatham, vice president of the Citizens Bank of Warrensburg,is a progressive, public spirited citizen, a native of Johnson county. He was born in Warrensburg in 1870, a son of John T. and Gussie M.(Chadwick) Cheatham, the former, a native of Virginia and the latter, of Missouri. John T. Cheatham came to Johnson county, Missouri from Ray county in 1870 and located in Warrensburg on Gay street. Mr. Cheatham was engaged in the stock business and in supervising the management of his farms in Ray and Johnson counties. At the time of his death, he was the owner of more than three thousand acres of land in these two counties. In 1888, he and Marcus Youngs and Oscar Wadell organized the Citizens Bank of Warrensburg, of which financial institution John T. Cheatham was president the remainder of his life. To John T. and Gussie M. (Chadwick) Cheatham were born four children, who are now living: Thomas E., the subject of this review; William H., of Warrensburg, Missouri; Frank C., Three Lakes, Wisconsin; and Mrs. Erma Crossley, Warrensburg, Missouri. The father died in 1901. Interment was made in the cemetery at Warrensburg. The widowed mother still makes her home in Warrensburg. John T. Cheatham was one of the city's best and most substantial citizens and his loss to the good citizenship of Johnson county has been deeply deplored. Mr. Cheatham was keenly interested in all movements which had for their object the betterment and uplift of the community and he was always an earnest supporter and liberal contributor to every worthy enterprise. The Cheatham name is indelibly connected with the financial interests of Warrensburg and the commercial growth of Johnson county. In 1897, Thomas E. Cheatham was united in marriage with Anna Jackson, daughter of R. L. Jackson, a prominent pioneer of Holden, Missouri. To this union have been born two children: Vivian, who is now a student in the Warrensburg State Normal School; and John T., Jr., who is in the Training school of the Warrensburg State Normal School. The Cheatham residence is in Warrensburg at 414 South Holden street. Mr. Cheatham is affiliated with the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of Warrensburg. Besides his banking interests, he supervises his various farms in the county. The Cheathams have all been prosperous and extensive landowners and Thomas E. Cheatham is admirably maintaining the good name and reputation, established by his father many years ago in this section of Missouri.
Frank Deerwester, 1906-1907Frank Deerwester was the first president of Northwest Missouri State University in 1906-07.Frank Deerwester was educated at Butler College, the Second District Normal School in Warrensburg, New York University, the University of Chicago and Harvard. He also spent a year in Germany studying at universities in Jena and Berlin.Though president for only one year, Deerwester had an important impact on the fledgling Fifth District Normal School. He designed the first curriculum and implemented high academic standards in accordance with state requirements for teacher training. In addition, Deerwester fought early funding battles with regard to construction of the Administration Building and other issues.Deerwester was relieved by the Board of Regents after a single year. His fall from grace came as the result of a town squabble in which one faction campaigned for his removal, possibly due to his insistence on academic performance and accountability. But much of his original program - including fiscal responsibility, sound administrative procedures and classroom rigor - was soon reinstated. Acting Principal, Frank Deerwester Western Washington University
July 1st-31st, 1914
- Degrees: AB Butler College; B.Div State Normal School (Warrensburg, Missouri); M Div New York University; Graduate work Harvard University, University of Jena and University of Berlin; PhD New York University.
- Came to Western in 1907.
- Taught psychology and education
- Served as acting principal in July 1914.
May 28, 1966Charles H. Howes of Wichita, Kansas, formerly of Peru, who observed his 100th birthday last December, died at 3:55 a.m. Friday in the home iÂ£ his niece, Miss Hazel Howes of Wichita. He was born Dec. 30, 1865, in Miami county, near Santa Fe. His marriage on Dec. 5.1888. was to Ella Bappert, who died July 19,1952. Mr. Howes was a retired traveling auditor for the Missouri Pacific Railroad. He lived in Peru until 1954, when he moved to Wichita to make his home with his niece. He was a member of the Peru Methodist Church, a life-member of the Corinthian Masonic Lodge, Warrensburg, Mo.; life-member of the Shrines Abdallah Temple in Kansas City, and the Kiwanis Club. Survivors include the abovementioned niece and four cousins, Mrs. Edward Stevens, Mrs. William Russell, Mrs. John Mitchner, and Miss Zora Guyer, all of Peru. Funeral services will be in the Eikenberry Funeral Home at 2 p.m. Wednesday, and interment will be in the Westlawn Cemetery, Denver. Friends may call at the funeral home after 7 p.m. Tuesday.