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March 26, 2017

1939 Gamble's Store Opens - An Arkansas/Warrensburg Family Rawson

(This article covers only the people in this picture, and documents only what they did while living in Johnson County.) Peggy Nuckles.

Here's a picture I found taken sometime in the late 1930s in Arkansas of Ides Avery Nuckles standing with his children and grandchildren.

Not long after this picture was taken a great many of these people moved north to settle in Warrensburg.
The Rawsons
Velma (not Thelma) Nuckles married Tom Rawson.  When they came to Warrensburg, they bought the Gambles store.
After they sold the store, Velma continued to work for the new owners, Mr. & Mrs. Alma Piedt.
Don Rawson graduated from Warrensburg High School in 1949

The Terrys
Velma's sister Della married Raymond Terry.  
When they arrived in Warrensburg, they moved into this home beside the old Davis Store on Main Street
Raymond opened Terry's Barber Shop.  There are bricks in the sidewalk in on the corner of Holden and Pine Streets memorializing this fact.

The little girl in Della's arms is Loretta Terry.  She graduated from Warrensburg High School in 1959.
After highschool, Loretta went to work at the county clerk's office and then got a job with Boeing at Whiteman AFB.  She followed Boeing to the Pacific Northwest.

The little girl trying hard to not hold hands with her cousin is Deleta Terry. (Deleta Parmley)

Deleta graduated from Warrensburg High School in 1954.

Married Don Parmley in 1958 and had two children.  After his death in 1973, she ran for county collector.
She married Earnest Williams and ran for collector again.

Deleta Williams then ran for Missouri State Representative.

She met presidents,

From left to right, Deleta Williams, State Senator Harold Caskey, President Bill Clinton and Representative Ike Skelton.

retired, got appointed to boards:

Board of Directors, UMB Bank, 1986-present

Past President, 4th District Women's Democratic Club
Experience, American Association of University Women
Experience, Business & Professional Women's Clubs
Chair, Constructive Alternatives Committee, Citizens for a Drug-Free Environment, Incorporated
Experience, District III AAA Advisory Board
Experience, Farm Bureau
Past President, Johnson County Women's Democratic Club
Experience, Missouri Mental Health Consumer Network
Experience, National Organization of Women Legislators
Experience, Phi Kappa Phi
Congregational Secretary, RLDS Church
Experience, Rotary Club
Experience, State Council on Library Development
Past Board, Survival Adult Abuse Center
Experience, Warrensburg Area Chamber of Commerce
Experience, Warrensburg Chamber of Commerce
Experience, Warrensburg Parks for 21st Century Board
Experience, Warrensburg Rotary Club
Experience, Whiteman Air Force Base Community Council
Experience, Women in Government
Past President, Women Legislators of Missouri
Chair, Johnson County Heart Walk, 1995-1998
Chair, Johnson County United Way Campaign, 1996-1998

and opened a bed and breakfast.

The Nuckles

Cleo Nuckles and his wife, Effie, joined his two sisters in Warrensburg and opened a saw-sharpening shop in the Gambles building.  He lived mostly off of the charity of the more successful Terrys and Rawsons, but he was sickly and soon died anyway.

Olston Nuckles (Cleo's son) moved close to the family after WWII but never lived in Johnson County.  

He settled one mile north of the county line in Locust Grove in Lafayette County.  However, like his father, he lived a short life and was buried beside his parents in Sunset Hills Cemetery.  He is now a longer-than-life resident.

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