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June 14, 2015

1940 Feb 20 Ethel Macrae "McNeil" from Warrensburg Marries by Telephone

A national story in 1940.......
Miss Ethel Macrae, formerly of Washington, D. C., and Roy McNeil, McAllen business man. were married twice within an hour Sunday night—once by her father. Rev. W. S. Macrae who was in Warrensburg. Mo., at the time of the ceremony, and for the second time by Justice of Peace J. Loy Ramsour, Edinburg. At 7 p.m. Sunday.

May 1, 1956
Edinburg Attorney Charged In Murder EDINBURG —Loy Ramsour, a lawyer, was charged with murder Monday in the shooting of his son-in-law, Walter Benson, 41, in Benson's home in Pharr Sunday night. Dist. Atty, Jim Bales said Ramsour remained in jail overnight by agreement but made $5,000 bond Monday. Bates said the shooting followed a family argument a short time after the Bensons returned from funeral services for Benson’s mother at Sinton. Bates said Benson was shot three times. He said a fourth bullet broke the leg of Mrs. Aurelia Kenworth of Kansas City, who had taken care of the Benson children while the parents were at the funeral. Bates said Ramsour had ordered his wife to leave the Benson home with the four infant children a few minutes before the shooting. Benson had lived at Pharr for 10 years and was in the produce business. Ramsour has lived in Edinburg 30 years. 

March 6, 1957

The Waxahachie Daily Light

EDINBURG, Tex. - AP - Former justice of the peace J. Loy Ramsour was sentenced to 10 years in prison Tuesday night after a jury found him guilty of murdering his son-in-law. The victim of the shooting spree at Pharr last April 29th was Walter Benson, Rio Grande fruit and vegetable shipper. The jury deliberated more than seven hours before returning the verdict. Ramsour's wife and daughter were in the courtroom when the verdict was delivered at 11:19 p.m. Mrs. Ramsour rushed to her husband afterwards, as the wife of the murdered man — Ramsour’s daughter — sat impassively in her seat. Ramsour did not comment on the verdict. “My attorneys may appeal th.s,” he said. The trial came to a close Tuesday as the prosecution charged that Ramsour had planned to murder his son-in-law for seven months prior to the April 29 shooting. Ramsour, who pleaded self defense at the trial, was described by his defense attorney as a doting grandfather who did not like to see his grandchildren and his daughter mistreated.

Edith C Macrae, born 1884, Warrensburg
W S Macrae, born 1868, Warrensburg

Monday, February 26, 1940: KNOB NOSTER, Mo. - Mrs. Thomas Clear, 88, died at her home 12 miles southwest of Knob Noster, near Burtville, Saturday evening about 8 o'clock. She had been bedfast for the past two weeks, but had been in poor heath for sometime.
Funeral services were held at the Pleasant Bethel church, five miles west of Burtville Monday afternoon, conducted by Elder W. S. Macrae, pastor of the Latter Day Saint church in Warrensburg.

The pallbearers were nephews of the deceased, Hartley Adams, Galen Adams, Gilbert Adams, Bob Roberts, Emery Dillingham and Eldon Dillingham. Burial was in the Adams cemetery adjoining the church.

Mary Adams, daughters of Thomas and Sarah Ann Adams, was born near Knob Noster April 5, 1851. She married Thomas Jefferson Clear May 3, 1871, and they spent all of their married life in the Burtville community, 64 years on the same farm.

To this union eight children were born, four having preceded their mother in death. Surviving are the aged husband, two daughters, Mrs. Roy Hume of south of Knob Noster and Mrs. Walter Myers of south of Warrensburg, two sons, John H. Clear of Leeton and Ray Clear of the home, two sisters, Mrs. John Dillingham of Warrensburg and Mrs. Amanda George of Roscoe, Mont.; two brothers, George Adams of Warrensburg and Thomas Adams of Miami, Okla., seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren

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