|4th Ward Today - 404 S. Mulberry, Warrensburg, MO|
Mr. Johnson was an early member of this group.
Frank and Hazel had a daughter, Donna.Donna Ball married Wallace Dean Wilson and they bought 4th Ward Grocery from her grandparents in 1953. They took out this ad to explain all of this to their customers.It says: Mr. and Mrs. Johnson operated the store until January 1953 when they retired and their granddaughter and her husband, Dean Wilson, purchased the business. Mr. Wilson, the son of Mr. F. D. Wilson, 305 S. Maguire, was born at Columbus, Missouri and moved to Warrensburg at the age of 10. He attended Warrensburg H.S. and Central Missouri State College until entering the service in September 1942. He served until December 1945. Two years of this time was spent overseas. Mr. and Mrs. Wilson are parents of two children, Michael, age 10 and Donna Gail, age 7. Sometime in the late 40s or early 50s, these pictures were taken by a photographer from Simmons Studios.
|4th Ward Grocery, Warrensburg, MO|
Dean was born in Columbus on Tuesday, June 14, 1921, to Forrest Wilson and Lula Boone Wilson. He moved to Warrensburg in 1931 and lived there until 2006 when he moved to Houston, Tx.
He graduated from Warrensburg High School and was a guard on several successful WHS Tigers basketball teams. After high school, he worked in Kansas City at an aircraft plant and enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1942. He served in the South Pacific during W.W. II in Ausralia and Blak Island. He was discharged as a sergeant in December 1945.
He married Donna June Ball in St. Louis on December 19, 1942. After discharge, he and his wife Donna purchased the store from Mrs. Wilson's grandparents, Nalmer and Cora Johnson. in 1954. They operated the store until retiring in 1975.
Dean loved spending time with his children, granddaughters and great-grandchildren. In retirement Dean and Donna enjoyed their summer visits from their granddaughters. He was an avid woodworker and enjoyed working with stained glass. His family continues to enjoy the many items he made for them. He also enjoyed gardening, was proud of his lawn, receiving recognition for having a Yard of the Month.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Donna; his parents, a brother, Willys Wilson, and a sister, Leola Hooper. He is survived by a son, Michael Wilson and wife, Kathy, Eau Claire, Wis,; a daughter, Donna Gail Love, Houson Texas, five granddaughters and eight great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at Williams Funeral Chapel in Warrensburg. Elder Floyd Hursh officiated. Burial was in the Sunset Hill Cemetery.
Additional Information about the Heurmann Family
Fred C. Heuerman was born in 1838 in Germany and when a youth, fourteen years of age, emigrated from his native land to America in 1852. He located in St. Louis, Missouri and from that city moved to Sedalia at a time long before the railroad had been built to that point. For a few years, he lived at Colecamp, Missouri and from there returned to Sedalia. Later, he went to Los Angeles, California, where he remained a short time and then came back to Missouri and is now residing in St. Louis. Fred C. Heuerman learned bookkeeping in Germany and he has followed his profession in this country. He enlisted in the Civil War and served in the Union army three years. Mr. Heuerman joined the service at Sedalia, Missouri. Carrie (Seibe) Heuerman is the daughter of a respected pioneer of Sedalia, who was associated in business with John W. Houx, owning a hardware store in Sedalia. To Fred C. and Carrie (Seibe) Heuerman have been born the following children: John W., the subject of this review; Fred C., Jr., St. Louis, Missouri; Leo, St. Louis, Missouri; Edward, deceased; Harry, Los Angeles, California; A. M., Indianapolis, Indiana; and Carrie, who resides in Los Angeles, California.