glimpses of her life after the death of her husband through letters to her children, mostly her daughter Alice, which are in the possession of Alice’s descendants. Mary either went to Xenia with her husband or came there because of his death. She wrote to her daughter Alice: Xenia, Nov. 21st 1872 My Dear Daughter Have just received your dispatch and would be glad to start for home in the morning but our expenses were all paid out of Mr. Weymouths money and he has been at the point of death but is better now but the Dr thinks I had better not see him untill next week or he fears the news of your Fathers death may have a bad affect upon him will start as soon as possible after seeing him but want to stop and see your Grandfather as his health is very bad and they feared he might not get well will only be 15 mile from him will write you the day I leave Xenia. Oh my child it is almost more than I can bear but I cannot write will tell you when I see you have not seen the bills yet–was so unwell. Mr. Nesbit brought me to his place two miles from town and we are just starting back will write in a day or two again Write to me here Your Mother M E Prescott1 In the 1880 Census, Mary E. Prescott, mother-in-law, widow, age 52, born PA, was living with her son-in-law and daughter, G.L. and Alice P. Brinkman. Her two youngest daughters, Jessie, age 18, and Edith, age 13, were living with her.2 In 1884, she apparently was no longer living with Alice, who had moved to Kansas City, Missouri as she wrote: Great Bend, Kans. Sep. 12th 1884 My dear Daughter, Fate is against me, or rather I do not get better as fast as I would like to and have about decided to take up with your kind offer and trouble you for a while. I thought if I could manage to get along untill cooler weather I might get my strength faster, but the weather
1 Mary E. Prescott to Alice Prescott, Nov. 21, 1872, Prescott Papers, privately held, Suzanne Adsit, Barre, Vermont, 2008 2

G. L. Brinkman household, 1880 U.S. Census, Barton County, Kansas population schedule, City of Great Bend, E .D. 331, p . 4, family 34.


keeps so hot and uncomfortable it almost makes a well person sick. The wind has not blown for two days and the wind night and morning is quite cool now but not in the middle of the day and I think it may get warmer again as today is much warmer than yesterday. Monday morning we were feeling rather discouraged we could not get our own dinner and Mrs W could only let us have dinner for that one day as she was going away to put up peaches while I was lamenting about it Mrs McC’s girl came in to ask if I would let her stay with me two weeks to work for her board and attend school. I consented very gladly and we get along pretty well I do not get quite as tired as I did and let the girl do every thing she possibly can but she knows very little about cooking I have rented the house for six months sure and perhaps the year at $16 a month in advance houses are in great demand we have been offered $12 for a month or two at a time but I thought it would be better to rent to a steady tenant. Mr Harper takes it. Mrs Birdsall came in last night and offered me $12 for several months but the bargain was closed with Mr H and I was glad it was I have been wanting to send you some word about Mrs Dodge but the reports were all so condratictory I did not like to write you may have heard she has a young son born last Friday night and is doing well, babe very small but appears well it came about three weeks sooner than it was looked for Mrs Birdsall gave me this information last night Mrs Tilton is still with her and she has the same girl she had when you were here. We heard at first she had twins and was in a very critical situation but Mrs B thinks she has not been so sick as she was when Margery was born I want to see her but I do not know whether I will be able to get there or not– have been waiting Mrs S Bartime? to ride up but she is very busy her Father, Mother, and Aunt are there and she is making some prepartions for Dale’s wedding they are to be married Sunday I think, he has a situation at Russell. Mr. Schermerhorn and Mr. Harper both want to buy the house but I thought I would wait and see what the future offered I do not want to feel I have no home to go to if I need it. Now I do not mean want you to think I do not feel you and Lew will not make me perfectly welcome and make th every thing as comfortable as possible, for have I not had the experience of a home with you before this, but you know my feelings better than I can describe them. Now when ever you are ready for me to come let me know Mr H wants to take possession Oct 1st but if your house is not ready I can stay at Willie,s untill it is, Jessie does not feel very well but she does not do anything about the house at all. I thought she would not feel so tired as she does but today I think she she [sic] feels more as thou she has done but it is Friday night and she probably gives way more to her feelings than she has done but two days rest will help her considerably when you write let me know what I have by way of something for my room that I shall bring. Jessie will probably board at Mrs Diffenbachers am going to sell my cooking stove or rather two or three have spoken about it. Saturday and looking like rain very warm and alone and Jessie feeling poorly she says she worries to much about her school and then again she feels terribly disappointed in not getting a first grade certificate she feels she has been wronged Day, Ewalt, and Lewis said they were going to have the matter attended to, but they doubtless though better of it and are going to keep quiet but the girls all feel very angry Tie just excepted by the skin of her teeth and the only one that was examined that got first grade Love to all


Your Mother3 In 1887, Mary was living in Los Angeles. Two letters from there survive, apparently written the same day. It is not clear which son the first letter was intended for: Los Angeles Mar 18th 1887 My dear Son, Yours with check for $27.00 recd a day or two ago, and very glad we were to hear from you. Jessie and I both talked over the matter of investing the money received from the home and concluded it was as well to invest in one or more lots in Gt Bend for the present. If I could have had the money here about six weeks ago could have made about $250.00 on a couple of lots near Cal Rivers. And think there are just as good locations to be had in that locality now and will still be better after Sep 1,st as there are two blocks the Chinese have used as vegetable gardens, that are to be put on the market in Sep, and an Electric St Railway running through them, but the probabilities are we may not be here to look after it. I do not want a lot here and me 1000 or more miles away from it. Jessie has some prospects of a better place if she gets it she wants to stay here and if I can leave her pleasantly situated with a family will feel as if I could go home. I like very much here, one can not help but like the climate and here in Los A. it will be very pleasant to live there are so many from Barton Co, and Mr. McCline and family will be here about Apr lst, which will make it still more pleasant for me but I would rather, every thing taken into consideration be there with the children. Mr. & Mrs. Tolles called yesterday. We were very (rather I was, Jessie was at the office) glad to see them and will call tomorrow evening to see them. There has been a great deal of excitement about the small pox but it is subsiding now although there is more of it than the papers say. All most every one in the house have been vaccinated and some are rather sick, one baby died yesterday from the effects of it. Jessie was quite sick one day and had a very high fever. I had no fear of it so did not get vaccinated, but the Board has ordered every one to be but it remains to be seen whether I pay $2.50 when I think there is no need of it. Will write to Alice in a day or two, Love to all Good bye Your Mother M. E. P.4 Montrose Cor 4th & Main Sts. Los Angeles, Cal., Mar. 18th 1887 My dear Daughter I think a week or more has passed since receiving your last letter, and intended writing every day, but nearly all in the house have been vaccinated and a few of them have been quite sick. I have been going in first one room, and then another then one is liable to

3 Mary E. Prescott to Alice Brinkman, Sept. 12, 1884, Prescott Papers, privately held, Suzanne Adsit, Barre, Vermont, 2008 4 Mary E. Prescott to son [unnamed], March 18, 1887, Prescott Papers, privately held, Suzanne Adsit, Barre, Vermont, 2008.


be interrupted any minute in such a house as this. There is a Lady and her Daughter here from Alton, and we visit each other very often, they expect to leave next week and we will be very sorry to see them go There will only be one of the old boarders left and she leaves Apr 1'st so I will be very lonesome The house is full and rooms engaged ahead sometimes a month but the travellers are leaving for home very fast. Then I thinks [sic] rents may be cheaper. A married lady here is trying to get a Cottage, if she does we will take a room and if every thing is as pleasant as we think it will be, I will go home as soon as I can get ready. The lady has been married several years but has no children, and Jessie’s age, very pleasant and agreeable and wants Jessie to board with her Her Husband is Postal Clerk on the R.R. runs from here to Denning, is away 4 days, and home 4, so it will be pleasant for both. Jessie would rather he would be gone than not. He is one of those puny, insignificant looking little fellows, that never speaks unless spoken to, consequently is rather an encumberance than otherwise in Jessie’s estimation. One of the young ladies has been vaccinated just above the knee, and her leg is a sight to be seen, she may have a serious time with it. Mr. Earl told Jessie his wife was vaccinated on the lower limb, and intimated it would be well for Jessie to be, in the same place She told him if she had to be laid up with either she would rather be with her arm. She was only sick one day and that was Sunday so lost no time but was not really able to be in the office for 2 or 3 days Mrs McClures y children have had the measles the youngest took cold and has been very sick. I was there Tuesday but it is such a long hot walk do not go very often, lately I find it tires me to walk more than it did. I can only ride four blocks and very seldom ride so short a distance. McClures from the Bend will be here Apr 1st and all the Dick family. Miss Dick expects to get a school but if not will open a fancy and stationary store. That was the intention at least when they were here with the G.A.R. Wrote this far Sat, when Mrs Naples came and staid untill 5 o’clock then we went to see a young man that had been quite sick from vaccination, and met him coming to my room to see if I would get him a cup of coffee. Mrs W. said while I was getting my fixins she would fix something too, so presently came in with a bowl of clam chowder, which he enjoyed, and just as he was finishing Jessie came in and finished what was left (I had taken some out) and pronounced it very good. He exerts Jessie about a good deal for which I am very glad She works hard and if she can have a pleasant evening out occasionally it is quite a sereif[?] to her I think I wrote you Mrs McClure and I saw and heard Booth in Hamlet. Matinee was $1.50. Evening $3.00 I would never care to see better acting. I sincerely hope Laura Snyder is permanently settled with you. Poor girl she has had rather a hard time with her relations, and if she does as well as she did when she, and her Mother kept house for you, you will get along nicely. Last night we called to see Mrs Toles, and found them just ready to leave for the Depot on their way home. When they were here I told we would call some evening as Jessie was busy through the day. She said that would just be the time we would find them as they were out all day, but Jessie was to busy and tired to go untill last evening. We had thought of going after lunch but I knew they rode at horse Sundays and it was such a beautiful day we though very likely they would be out. She said they rode 35 miles and scarcely had time to rest before time for starting they expect to be there weeks in getting home will spend next Sunday at Salt Lake. Have not heard from Julia in a long time but recd a paper from her last week with F.A. as Editor. Saw Mrs Hildreth had left so suppose Allie is at home again. Jessie thinks she would not make a short hand writer at all. I do wish there was something she could do to help her Mother if it were only 4

to teach a district school but she did not seem to succeed with the one she had hope she will find her vocation and stick to it. There is not a thing about her like Eme excepting her size.5 The following letter was with one written by J.S Prescott from Xenia Ohio Decr 1871 but appears to be from California and may go with the preceding letter, but appears to have been written earlier. Did I ever write you about a Mr. Snow, and wife from Spencer that spent nearly two mo’s I think in this house They were well acquainted with Moores, Pillsburys , Smiths and all the old friends at the lake. Mrs P is dead. Mr. P is living with one of the girls, Serena he thought. Old M Smith is living with Milt who has built a nice house on that point where Wiltsongs? lived and keeps summer boarders. Mr. Moore has a beautiful place. Rod has several children. He said we would not recognize any thing to go back there, he knew nothing about the Fairchilds, nor Phippins. O’Farrells were still there. Em Blake, lives with Eunice, and they keep summer boarders. Em was divorced from her Husband and Mr Snow was the lawyer that attended to the matter for her. If I live to get back we must try to go to the Lakes sometimes. We were out at Longs yesterday They think her Mother will want to live in town and if she will board Jessie then I shall feel as if I could go home. Next Sunday if nothing prevents Longs, Webster and we are going to hire a double carriage and ride all day, take in some of the old Mission churches, Passedena, San Gabriel and as much else as we time. There is so much of interest all over this part of the country. We are trying to get along as economically as we can to save something for such trips. Well I have really finished my letter without one interruption so will close and put it in the box ready for the Pman this afternoon had a letter from Fred this morning he is blue, there has been so much snow and rain he cannot work to finish up his tie contract. Good bye, love and a kiss to all. Will write to the children in a day or two From Mother6 Jessie Prescott stayed in California, but Mary returned to live with the Brinkmans sometime before she died the next year. Mary E. Harris Prescott died in Kansas City in 1888 at the home of her daughter, Alice Prescott Brinkman. A newspaper death notice says: “PRESCOTT–At the residence of her daughter, Mrs. G. L. Brinkman, in this city, Sunday morning, February 26, 1888 at 5:30 a.m., Mrs. Mary E. Prescott, age 63 years. The funeral services will be held at the residence of Mr. G.L. Brinkman, 2304 Troost avenue, on Tuesday morning, February 28, at 10 o’clock.”7

Mary E. P resco tt to Alice Brinkman, M arch 1 8, 18 87, P resco tt Pap ers, privately held , Suzanne A dsit, Barre, Vermont, 2008. 6 Mary E. P resco tt to unknown recep ient–undated letter, Prescott P apers, privately held, S uzanne Adsit, Barre, Vermont, 2008. 7 DIED –PR ESCO TT , Kansas City Times, Monday Feb ruary 27, 1888, Kansas City Times Jan. 1, 1888-Ap r. 31, 1 888 , micro film #50, Kansas C ity, Public Libra ry, Kansas City, Misso uri.



While a record of this death exists, it is only possible to identify it as Mary’s death because of the address. It states: February 1888 Named of deceased: E. Prescott Date of death: Feb. 25 Place of death: 2304 Troost Number: 10 Age: 54 Y. S (Single) Sex: F8 Mary E. Prescott was buried on May 18, 1888 in Elmwood Cemetery, 4900 Truman Rd., Lot 34 Block B, Kansas City, Missouri, [where her body rested between February and May is unknown] but no age or birth date appears in her records. A letter from Elmwood Cemetery with a diagram of the Lot, showed two other individuals buried there: Elijah R. and Janiah Odell. Those two graves are close together with a space between them and Mary's grave. These individuals both were buried in Nov. 1887. The Lot owners are Nellie O'Dell and G. L. Brinkman. 9 A gravestone was installed on Mary’s unmarked grave in 2008.

THE CHILDREN LOUISA PRESCOTT MOORE Louisa married Josephus Moore 3 February 1860 at Kilburn City, Columbia, Wisconsin.10 Josephus was a 1st cousin of Emmaline Moore who married William Prescott.11 He was born Sept. 17, 1836 at Rock Island, Illinois, a son of Amos Lord Moore and Mary Monroe.12 His
Record of Deaths–Kansas City, Mo., Health Dept. Vital Statistics Aug. 3, 1874-December 31, 1898, p. 104 , Microfilm 26C , Kan sas City P ublic Library, K ansas C ity, Misso uri. 9 Plot Record and o ther informatio n, Elmwoo d Cemetery, received b y corre spondence fro m the cemetery, Februa ry 1999 , copy in possession of Be th Davies. 10 Columbia Co ., Wisconsin Registration of M arriage s, Vo l. 1, pg. 1 24, M icrofilm 1,27 5,88 1, Family History Library (FHL), Salt Lake City, Utah. 11 Moore family record s, received by corre spondence fro m Jim Monro e, Seattle W ashington, D ec. 19 92. 12 Photocopy of family bible record received by correspondence from Jim Mo nroe, Seattle W ashington, Dec. 1992, pub lication information and present whereabouts unknown.


brother, Miles Conway Moore, wrote in 1918: After their marriage in 1835, my parents migrated to Rock Island, Illinois. It was here that Josephus, their eldest son, was born, being the first white child in that city. A few years later my father and mother returned to Muckegum County, Ohio, where my father engaged in the mercantile business in the village of Rix Mills. He continued in this business, which was prosperous, until 1857, when he removed with his family to Pt. Bluff,Wisconsin. At this place the Methodists had established a school known as Brunson Institute.13 Josephus served as a Union soldier during the Civil War: U.S. Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles Name: Josephus M Moore Residence: Springville, Wisconsin Enlistment Date: 29 Aug 1864 Rank at enlistment: Private State Served: Wisconsin Survived the War?: Yes Service Record: Enlisted in on 29 Aug 1864. Mustered out on 20 Jun 1865 at Milwaukee, WI. Sources: Roster of Wisconsin Volunteers: War of the Rebellion14 Josephus bought land in Point Bluff from his father. A. L. Moore in 1859, prior to his marriage and and Louisa sold their property in Point Bluff on 17 October, 1869. At the time of the land sale, they were living in Clay County, Iowa.15 Their daughter, Mary Louisa, was born in April 1869 in Iowa. 16 Old Walla County says this about Josephus: Josephus M. Moore came to Walla Walla county in 1870 and during the many years of his residence here became widely and favorably know . . . Josephus . . . received his education in the public schools in Illinois . . . He continued to reside in the middle west until 1870, when he decided to try his fortune in the Pacific coast country, concerning which he had heard excellent reports. He arrived in Old Walla Walls county,
Miles Conway Moore, Subject of This Sketch, written in 1918, typescript received from Jim Monroe, Seattle Washington, Dec. 1992. 14 U.S. Civil W ar So ldier R ecords and Profiles, databa se on-line, Accessed April 2011. 15 Abstract of Title for J. W. Gunning’s Abstract, Friendship, Adams Co, Wisconsin, received by correspo ndence fro m Edgar Eppler, W isconsin De lls, Wisconsin, 1984 w ho lived on the land where the Po int Bluff Academy once stood. Also, copy of Warranty Deed for sale of property of Josephus M. And Louisa Moore, 17 October 1864. 16 1900 U.S. Census, Multnomah County, Oregon population schedule, Portland City, Precinct 24, E.D. 60, sheet 15b.


Washington, in July 1870, and turned his attention to farming in what is now Garfield county. This occupation claimed his time and energies throughout his remaining days. He was energetic and resolute and overcame all obstacles that lay between him and success, gaining a substantial competence. Mr. Moore was married in Ohio to Miss Louisa Prescott, by whom he had one daughter, Mary, now the wife of Walter Preston, of Portland, Oregon. On coming to Washington Mr. Moore was accompanied by his wife and daughter, and Mrs. Moore died here some years later . . . Mr. Moore was a stanch advocate of republican principles and served with much satisfaction to his constituents in a number of local offices. The principles of conduct which guided his life were found in the teachings of the Masonic order, to which he belonged. His death occurred September 24, 1901, and he was buried in Mountain View cemetery. He was a man of man admirable traits and those who knew him well still cherish his memory . . . 17 This same history relates that Josephus' brother, Miles C. Moore was mayor of Walla Walla in 1877 and territorial governor of Washington in 1889, just prior to statehood.18 Another brother, Charles, served as postmaster of Walla Walla for four years and for a time owned the old Dr. Whitman Mission Farm.19 Louisa had died by 1880 as her daughter Mary was living with Josephus' brother, Miles Conway Moore, in Walla Walla in the 1880 census.20 Josephus was living with his brother Charles in Almota, Whitman County Washington at the time.21 In 1887, he and Mary were living together in Walla Walla.22 Josephus was remarried on June 13, 1894 (in Walla Walla) to Eva H. Abbott.23 Josephus and Louisa's daughter, Mary, married that same year Walter B. Preston on Dec. 12 in Walla Walla.24 William died 24 September, 1901 and is buried in Mountain View Cemetery in Walla Walla.25 Information listed with his tombstone says: Josephus M... UNION WISCONSIN VOLUNTEERS 42nd Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry
W . D. Lym an, Lyman's history of old Walla Walla County, Washington, embracing Walla Walla, Columbia, Garfield and Asotin counties (Reprint Salem, Massachusetts : Higginson, [2000?] ), Vol. 2:198-199. 18 Ibid. 399-400. 19 Ibid. 156-158. 20 MC M oore household, 1880 U.S. Census, Walla Walla County, Washington Territory, population schedule, Walla Walla City, E.D. 47, p. 13, dwelling 124, family 155. 21 JM M oore household, 1880 U.S. Census, Whitman County, Washington Territory, population schedule, Almota, E.D. 58, p. 12, dwelling 124, family 132. 22 Do lores D unn A ckerm an, Census, Walla Walla County, Washington Territory, 1887 (Bellingham, Washington : Stack Enterprises, 1986 ), 78. 23 Early marriages of Walla Walla County, Washington Territory and State, 1862 thru 1899 (Walla Walla, Washington : Walla Walla Valley Genealogical Society, 1976), 70. 24 Ibid., 79. 25 W . D. Lym an, Lyman's history of old Walla Walla County, Washington, embracing Walla Walla, Columbia, Garfield and Asotin counties (Reprint Salem, Massachusetts : Higginson, [2000?] ), Vol. 2:199.


Organized at Madison, Wis., and mustered in September 7, 1864. Moved to Cairo, Ill., September 20-22. Assigned to post and garrison duty at Cairo and provost duty by detachments at various points in Illinois till June, 1865. Mustered out June 20, 1865. Regiment lost during service 58 by disease. Burial: Mountain View Cemetery Walla Walla Walla Walla County Washington, USA26

WILLIAM PRESCOTT William married Emmeline Moore 9 Oct 1867 in Gillette Grove, Clay, Iowa.27 She was born in 4 March 1844 in Ohio.28 to William W. Moore (brother of Amos Moore, Josephus Moore’s father) and Naomi Monroe.29 One of Emmeline's nephew's, in writing a family history, noted the following: "they (William and Naomi Moore) returned to Muskingum Co., (Ohio--where they had been married). All of their children were born in Musk. Co. O. They in 1857 moved to Point Bluff Wis. at which place they educated their children at Brunson Institute" ...."In 1866 he and his family moved to Gillett Grove Iowa... ." "Aunt Emiline Oma and Elmers visited us Xmas time 1899. Grand Mother fell of Church steps and broke her leg Sunday after Xmas 1899 and Aunt Emiline stayed and helped take care of her."30 William's Civil War pension papers give much information on him. He enlisted on Aug. 20, 1862 and served as a private in Co. I, 32 Reg't. Iowa Vol. Inf. and was discharged at Clinton, Iowa on Aug. 24, 1865. While at Ft. Pillow, Tenn. he contracted mumps. He was 5 ft. 7 inches tall, light complexion, blue eyes, and had light hair. He lived in Gillette Grove, Iowa 1866-1869, Enterprise, Mississippi to 1870, Lincoln and Elsworth Counties, Kansas to 1889, Denver,
JM M oore, Mo untain View Cemetery, Walla W alla, Walla Walla County, Washington, Accessed April 2011. 27 Certificate filed by minister performing marriage-- John S. Prescott (his father), local elder M.E. Church (copy in Civil W ar pension file of William T. Prescott). 28 Death Certificate, Emeline Prescott, Washington State Death Certificates King County, Seattle City 1933 , #1377, FHL Microfilm 2,023,067. 29 Moore family record s, received by corre spondence fro m Jim Monro e, Seattle W ashington, D ec. 19 92. 30 Journal pages of Eugene C. Moore, grandson of W. W . And Naomi Moore, Moore received by correspo ndence fro m Jim Monro e, Seattle W ashington, D ec. 19 92.


Colorado to 1903, Everett, Washington to 1904, and Seattle, Washington until his death on Dec. 23, 1914.31 A history of Lincoln Co., Kansas, under School History, says: "Among the early teachers were . . . W.T. Prescott, who secured a certificate and his wife taught the first school in District No. 23."32 An 1875 census of Lincoln County indicates he was a farmer. At the time of his enlistment in the army, he was 5 ft. 7 inches tall, with a light complexion, blue eyes, and light hair. William and Emmaline had three children: Louisa, Naoma and Elmer. William died 23 Dec. 1914 in Seattle, Washington.33 Emmaline died April 21, 1933. JULIA PRESCOTT BLAKE Julia lived in Iowa, Texas, New Mexico and died in Denver Colorado on Dec. 3, 1919. The story of Fletcher Alan and Julia Prescott Blake, my great-great grandparents needs telling separately. An obituary for Julia appeared in the Spirit Lake Beacon, back in Iowa where she was married. It reads: “Julia P Blake Word came to friends of the death of Mrs. Julia Prescott Blake in Denver, December 3. Mrs. Blake will be remembered as the daughter of J. P. prescott, who having soon after the massacre taken as a homestead the property now known as Arnolds Park. Julia Prescott was married in the pioneer house which stood on the present site of the Park home to Col. Fletcher Blake in the fall of 1864. Col. Blake was stationed at the lakes with the soldiers for the protection fo the settlers against the Indians. After their marriage they lived in the square long house that stands on the property now owned by Bart Lawson and disguised as a summer cottage. From there they moved to Sioux Rapids where they lived for a few years. Since that time her life has been spent in Texas, New Mexico and Colorado. Her husband died in Denver about ten years ago. Mrs. Blake spent some time here two years ago with her niece, Mrs. A. O. Stevens. She was in very poor health but enjoyed noting the changes about the lakes. The lake itself was the same but back of the lake shore line civilization had wrought its changes. She never found trace of the well beaten path encircling the lakes which had been made by the Indians and wild animals. The path had been the exploring ground for herself and brother companion sixty-four years before. The timber and the hazel brush were jungles not to be ventured into by children in those days. Mrs. Blake leaves two daughters and two sons
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W ar pension file, W illiam T. Prescott, National Arc hives. Copy in possession of B eth Davies.

Certificate of Death #2657, William T. Prescott, Washington State Board of Health, copy in possession of Beth Davies 2009. It notes that William was cremated on December 26, 1914.


in whose lives will be left a vacancy that never can be filled.”34 HELEN PRESCOTT COWGILL The 1870 census of Clarke Co. indicated that "Ranson" Cowgill was "Editor of Starr".35 As indicated in the letters written by her father prior to her death, Helen and her family moved to Kansas with the family. Helen died 13 December 1874 and is buried in the Great Bend Cemetery, section P, row 1.36 I visited the cemetery in July 2011 and at that time the headstone was still legible. The birthdate on the tombstone was 20 December 1846, but the year appears to be an error as Julia was born in December of 1846. From census ages, she appears to have been born in 1848.37 Helen is the only known family member to be buried in Barton County. In the 1875 Kansas state census, her husband appears with his 4 year old daughter in Great Bend, Kansas.38 ALICE PRESCOTT BRINKMAN and JOHN PAUL PRESCOTT

Kansas City, Guatemala, Tragedies, and the Prescott Family
As was noted previously, Mary Harris Prescott died in Kansas City, Missouri at the home of her daughter Alice Prescott Brinkman. Kansas City was not kind to the Prescott family even though family members prospered financially and were prominent while living there. Alice married George L. Brinkman about 1875, probably in Great Bend County, Kansas. The 1900 Census states that Alice and George had been married for 25 years.39 George L. Brinkman was living in Barton, Great Bend, Kansas in 1875 when a state census was taken, still apparently unmarried.40 Alice and George were living in Barton in the 1880 census with their oldest daughter May, age 2, born in Kansas.41 They had three more children: Raymond born 20 December, 1880 in Kansas42, Christine born 13 November 1882 and Helen born 8 June 1885 both in Kansas City,
Obituary, Julia P Blake, Spirit Lake Beacon, 25 December, 1919. Ransom Cowgillhouseho ld, 18 70 U .S. Census, Clarke C ounty, M ississippi pop ulation sched ule, 4 th District, p. 183, dwelling 1282, family 1128. 36 Barton County Genealogical Society, Barton County cemeteries ( Great Bend, Kansas : Barton County Genealogical Society (Kansas), c1984 ), Vol. 3:45. 37 Tombstone inscription, Great Bend Cemetery, Barton County, Kansas, viewed by Beth Davies, July 19, 2011. 38 E B Cowgill, 1875 Kansas State Census, Barton County, Great Bend Township, p. 20, line 38. 39 Geo L. Brinkman household, 1900 U.S. Census, Jackson County, Missouri population schedule, Kansas City, E.D. 39, sheet 6A, p. 190, dwelling 96, family 116. 40 G L Brinkman, 1875 K ansas S tate Ce nsus, B arton Couny, p.4, line 30. 41 G. L. Brinkman household, 1880 U.S. Census, Barton County, Kansas population schedule, City of Great Bend, E .D. 331, p . 4, family 34. 42 Ibid, Brinkman, Raymond, son born Dec. 1880, Kansas. Also Social Security Death Index (, Raymond Brinkman, 20 Dec. 1880.
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Missouri.43 Christine’s birth in 1882 in Kansas City places the family there by that year. John Paul Prescott also moved to Kansas City, listing that as his residence when he married Martha Anderson in Mecklenburg County, Virginia on 20 December 1892.44 The first family tragedy was described in the local paper of June 4, 1895: DIES IN GUATAMALA Mr. and Mrs. G. L. Brinkman Receive Unexpected News of Their Daughter’s Death Mr. George L. Brinkman of the Johnson-Brinkman Commission company has received a cablegram announcing the death ... of his daughter May in Guatemala, Central America, where she had been since last October with relatives. No particulars were received. The news was particularly distressing as the young girl had been in perfect health and Mr. and Mrs. Brinkman had expected to meet her in a few weeks on her way to Boston to spend the summer. She was 18 years old.45 John Paul Prescott and his wife Martha were apparently living in Guatemala at the time of May’s death, so she could have been visiting him. On 22 August 1896, John applied for a passport in Zacapa, Guatemala, indicated that his permanent residence was Kansas City, Missouri, that he left the United States on 7 Dec. 1893, that he was a civil engineer and wanted the passport for the purpose of traveling and transacting business. His wife Martha would be accompanying him. He is described as follows: Age 37 1/2 years, 5 feet 8 inches tall, full forehead, grey/blue eyes, medium nose, medium mouth, round chin, brown hair, florid complexion, long face.46 The next tragedy also involved Guatemala and appeared in the July 24, 1902 Kansas City Star: THE END CAME TO THE KANSAS CITYAN AT SAN ARAPE, GUATEMALA A Cablegram Announces His Death Unexpectedly–Former President of the Manufacturers’ Association and of the Kansas City Milling Company. A telegram was received ... announcing the death at San Arape, Guatemala of George L. Brinkman of Kansas City, for many years president of the Kansas City Milling company and a former president of the Manufacturers’ association. The news was a great shock to Mr. Brinkman’s family, which lives at 3007 Harrison street, and to his friends. Mr. Brinkman suffered from a kidney disorder and last spring his physician advised a change of climate. He decided to go to Guatemala, where his brother-in-law, J. P.
Alice P. Brinkman Passport Application, Emergency Passport Applications, 1877-1907 (M1 834), Digital image , Christine and Helen were traveling with their mother and their birth dates and places were listed on the applicaito n.
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DIED IN GUA TEM ALA, Kansas City Star, June 4, 1895, p. 1, Kansas City Star–Historical Archive, Accessed May 2008. 46 Passport application, John Paul Prescott, Emergency Passports issued abroad, v. 18, 1895-1895, #386, FHL Microfilm 1,522,085.

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Prescott, now in Kansas City, was engaged in railway construction. Another brother-in-law was there and at his house Mr. Brinkman was to stay. He went across the Gulf from New Orleans and proceeded 125 miles inland to the town of San Arape. Five years ago a daughter of Mr. Brinkman had died there of mountain fever and, owing to the law of the country, the body could not be brought back for five years. It was Mr. Brinkman’s intention to bring to Kansas City the body for final burial. The first intimation that Mr. Brinkman was ill came in a letter from his brother-inlaw a few weeks ago, saying that he was suffering from a complaint quite common among newcomers, which was not regarded as serious. Nothing more was heard until the cablegram came last night announcing his death. Mr. Brinkmans’ family consisted of his wife and a son and a daughter, who have been at school in the East. The burial will take place at San Arape and it will not be possible to bring the body back to Kansas City for some time, certainly not before next winter. On hearing this morning of the death of Mr. Brinkman, President Dodge of the Manufacturers’ association called a meeting of the directors to take suitable action. The board of trade adopted resolutions today deploring the death of Mr. Brinkman and extending sympathy to the family.47 Following George Brinkman’s death, Alice wrote her will, dated 15 October, 1902. It reads as follows: I Alice P. Brinkman of Kansas City, County of Jackson and State of Missouri do make and publish this my last will and testament, none other having been made by me. Item 1. I desire that the whole estate which I shall own at the time of my death shall be applied as follows and in the following order. to wit,First, My just debts and funeral expenses and expenses of administration shall be paid. Second, Five hundred dollars shall be paid to my brother Fredric H. Prescott. This is a debt owing him. Third, Three thousand dollars shall be paid my youngest daughter Helen M. Brinkman. Fourth, One thousand dollars shall be paid my niece Gertrude Ashton. Fifth, The remainder of my estate shall be divided equally between my three children Raymond P., Christine L. and Helen M. Brinkman, but should any of the heirs or persons before mentioned be no longer living when this will becomes active then shall the amounts bequeathed to him or her become a part of the estate to be divided between my children then living. Item 2. I nominate and appoint Samuel Maher to be the executor of this will and no bond shall be required of him. Item 3. My executor is empowered to sell and convey any and all real estate which I may own at the time of my death and distribute the proceeds thereof in accordance with the provisions of this will, and I ask him to show to my children the friendship and sympathy he
THE EN D CAM E TO T HE KAN SAS CITYAN AT SAN ARAPE, GUA TEM ALA, Kansas City Star, 24 July 19 02, p . 1, Kansas C ity Star June 26 , 190 2-Sept. 20 , 190 2, M icrofilm #14 3, Kansas C ity Public Libra ry.

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has shown to their parents; of my children I ask that they honor and respect the advice and counsel of this proven friend and trusted advisor of both their father and mother. In witness whereof, I the said Alice P. Brinkman have to this my last will and testament subscribed my name, in Kansas City, Jackson Co, Missouri, this 15 day of October A. D. 1902. Alice P. Brinkman Signed by the testatrix Alice P. Brinkman, as her last will and testament in the presence of us, who at her request and in her presence and in the presence of each other, have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses. John P. Prescott 3904 Warwick Blvd. Kansas City, Mo Emma Hallett Arnold’s Park Dickinson Co. Iowa48 Note that Emma Hallet was the sister of Fletcher A. Blake who had married Alice’s sister, Julia Prescott. She would have known Alice when the Prescott family lived in Dickinson County, Iowa. Fredric Prescott was probably the brother-in-law that George Brinkman was visiting when he died. When Alice’s will was probated following her death, Fred’s address was listed as “Livingston-Guatemala”.49 John Paul Prescott and his wife Martha knew more heartache in 1902. Ten years after their marriage, on Dec. 18th, their only child, a boy, was stillborn.50 In 1903, Alice Brinkman and her remaining daughters, Christine and Helen traveled in Europe. Alice applied for a passport in Berlin, Germany on September 30, 1903. The application gave wonderful information: birth dates and places for Alice, Christine and Helen.51 Alice and Helen were returning from either this or another trip when they sailed on the S.S. Ryden, leaving Boulogne on October 1, 1904.52 Christine Brinkman sailed from London on the S. S. Minehaha on April 8, 1905.53

Will of Alice P. Prescott, Probate Packet #7634 (Estate of Alice P. Prescott), Probate Court of Jackson City, Missouri, Microfilm 1,418,352 , frames 1226 and 122 7, Family History Library (FHL), Salt Lake City, Utah. 49 Probate Packet #7634 (Estate of Alice P. Prescott), Probate Court of Jackson City, Missouri, FHL Microfilm 1,41 8,35 2, frame 1223.. 50 Mt. W ashington Cemetery records, received by correspondence from H arold Oliver, cemetery director, letter dated 11 June 2008. 51 Passport application of Alice P. Brinkman, No. 695, dated September 30, 1903, digital image on-line, 52 Passenger manifest, S.S. Ryden, p. 5, lines 25 and 26, digital image on-line, 53 Passenger manifest, S.S. Minehaha, p. 2, line 1, digital image on-line,


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In 1906, disaster was to strike again. Accounts were found in several different papers, each adding details to the tragedy. February 6, 1906: From the Kansas City World,

---Daughter Also Caught in Fire Which Destroys Baltimore Avenue Home. Mrs. Alice P. Brinkman, widow, was suffocated by smoke from a fire which destroyed her home, 3704 Baltimore ave., at 4 o’clock this morning. Mrs. Brinkman and her daughter Christine did not awaken until the house was in flames. They rushed from their rooms and ran down a blazing stairway, falling unconscious in the hall. Firemen carried the two women from the burning building into the home of E.M. Clendening, secretary of the Commercial club, who lives next door. Dr. R. M. Schauffer was summoned, but he could not arouse Mrs. Brinkman to consciousness. Girl Revives The daughter responded to the treatment. Her condition, however, is serious, owing to nervous shock and the quantity of smoke she breathed. The fire was caused by an over-heated furnace igniting waste paper in the basement. Mrs. Brinkman was the widow of George L. Brinkman, who was vice president and secretary of the Kansas City Milling Co. Mr. Brinkman left Kansas City some years ago for Guatemala where he died. Mrs. Brinkman leaves four children, Helen, Roy, Christine and a daughter who accompanied Mr. Brinkman to Guatemala and remained there. Helen Brinkman is now visiting in Arizona. The son Roy left Monday night on a business trip to Iowa. Mrs. Brinkman’s body was removed to an undertaker’s and later to the home of her brother, J. P. Prescott, 3904 Warwick boulevard. The funeral will be held from the Prescott home.54 From the Kansas City Star SUFFOCATED IN HER HOME Mrs. Alice Brinkman Dead and her Daughter Christine May Die Mrs. Alice P. Brinkman, widow of the late George L. Brinkman, died early this morning as the result of inhaling smoke and gases from a fire in the basement of her home at 3704 Baltimore avenue. Her daughter, Christine, who was overcome at the same time, is unconscious and may not recover. The fire is thought to have been caused by ashes dropped among rubbish near the furnace.
MRS. BR INK MAN IS SU FFO CATE D, T he K ansas C ity World, February 6, 190 6, p. 1, Kan sas City W orld Jan. 1-May 31, 190 6, M icrofilm #42 , Kan sas City P ublic Library,

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It probably had smouldered for two or three hours before its fumes penetrated to the upper rooms through the furnace pipes where Mrs. Brinkman and her daughter were sleeping. There were no flames from the fire and very little damage was done to the house. The two women were alone in their home last night. The one servant left yesterday and Mrs. Brinkman’s son, Ray, now with the Kansas City Milling company, went to Des Moines, Iowa, on a late train last night. It probably was 4 o’clock this morning or shortly after that hour when Mrs. Brinkman and her daughter were awakened in their room on the second floor by the smell of smoke. They descended into the front hallway together to investigate, opened the door leading to the basement and were enveloped in the cloud of smoke that rushed up. The central telephone office received an alarm of fire from the Brinkman home a few minutes after 4 o’clock. This message was sent, doubtlessly, by Miss Brinkman, for when firemen reached the house she was found unconscious at the foot of the stairs near the telephone, the receiver dangling from the hook. Her mother, also unconscious, was lying within two feet of the front door. Mrs. Brinkman and her daughter were carried into the home of E. M. Clendening, a secretary of the Commercial club, who lives next door. Mrs. Brinkman died withing a half hour, notwithstanding the efforts of several physicians who had been hastily summoned. The alarm was received by the fire department at 4:10 and transmitted simultaneously to engine companies No. 17 at Thirty-first and Locust streets; No. 19, at Penn and High streets, and No. 22, at Thirty-seventh street and Woodland avenue. No. 17 was the first company to reach the house after losing three minutes looking for the fire, there being no outward indications to guide the firemen. Not more than six or seven minutes elapsed, counting the lost time, between the receipt of the alarm and the arrival of the firemen at the house. Finding the doors locked the firemen broke open a window and took in one line of hose. While some of the company were searching the rooms on the second story, which they reached by way of the rear stairs, others entered the basement. It was two or three minutes, the men say, probably longer, before Mrs. Brinkman and her daughter were discovered. They were at once carried to Mr. Clendening’s home The late George L. Brinkman was president of the Kansas City Milling company and of the Manufacturers’ association. He died in July, 1902, at San Arape, Guatemala. The family consisted of Mrs. Brinkman, who died this morning, Miss Christine Brinkman, a younger daughter, Helen, now in Arizona for her health, and Ray Brinkman, who is travelling for the Kansas City Milling company. J. P. Prescott, who also was once president of the Kansas City Milling company and lives at 3904 Warwick boulevard, is a brother of Mrs. Brinkman. Mrs. Brinkman’s body was sent to Stine’s undertaking rooms. Mr. Clendening sent telegrams to the son, Ray Brinkman, at several places in Iowa and hopes to catch him at Des Moines. A message was also sent to Miss Helen Brinkman at Phoenix, Ariz., informing her of her mother’s death. No arrangements for the funeral will be made until answers have been received from the son and daughter.55

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February 7, 1906 From The Kansas City World,

Miss Christine Brinkman, who with her mother, Mrs. Alice P. Brinkman, were caught in the fire in their home, 3704 Baltimore ave., which resulted in the mother’s death, is reported today to be in a critical condition. After being rescued from the burning building by firemen, Dr. R.M. Schauffler succeeded in restoring her to consciousness, but Miss Brinkman suffered a relapse and at 8 o’clock this morning was in a serious condition. The smoke and poisonous gases inhaled by the young woman have injured her severely in addition to the shock sustained. Ray Brinkman, the son, has arrived in this city and is at the home of his uncle, J. P. Prescott, 3904 Warwick blvd. A telegram was received from Miss Helen Brinkman, announcing her departure from Arizona. The funeral of Mrs. Brinkman will not be held until the arrival of the daughter. The body is at the home of her brother, J. P. Prescott.56 From the Kansas City Star MISS BRINKMAN CONSCIOUS Miss Christine Brinkman, whose mother, Mrs. Alice P. Brinkman, was suffocated at her home, 3704 Baltimore avenue yesterday morning, and who also was almost suffocated from inhaling smoke and gases, was conscious this morning. She is still in a very dangerous conditon, but Dr. S. H. Ayres, her attending physician, entertains much hope for her recovery. Miss Brinkman is at the home of E. M. Clendening, 3708 Baltimore avenue. Only the doctor and a nurse are admitted to her room. Miss Brinkman first became conscious at about 7 o’clock this morning. She has said nothing regarding the fire. She asked her nurse this morning where she was and also inquired about her mother. She was not told of her mother’s death. Miss Helen Brinkman, the younger sister, is expected to arrived from Arizona to-morrow evening. Ray Brinkman, the brother, arrived last night. The arrangements for the funeral of Mrs. Brinkman have not been made.57 February 8, 1906 Kansas City Star:

MISS B RIN KM AN IN C RIT ICA L CO ND ITON , Kan sas City W orld, Feb. 7, 1906, K ansas C ity World Jan. 1 -May 31, 190 6, M icrofilm #42 , Kan sas City P ublic Library. 57 MISS BRINKM AN CON SCIOUS, Kansas City Star, Wed. Feb. 7, 1906, p. 1, Kansas City Star Jan. 21, 190 6-M ar. 31 , 190 6, M icrofilm #17 0, Kansas C ity Public Libra ry.


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MISS BRINKMAN NOT SO WELL Miss Christine Brinkman, who was overcome by smoke at her home, 3704 Baltimore avenue, Tuesday night, was slightly worse to-day. Miss Brinkman’s mother, Alice Brinkman, was suffocated at the time. Dr. Samuel Ayres, the attending physician, is still hopeful of Miss Brinkman’s recovery. She is rational but too weak to talk. Helen Brinkman, a younger sister, is expected to arrive in the city from Arizona to-night at midnight. She will stay with her cousin, Mrs. Landry Harwood, 2621 East Thirtieth street. Mrs. J. A. Wells, an aunt, is coming from her home in Los Angeles, Cal. and probably will reach Kansas City sometime to-morrow.58 Kansas City World MISS BRINKMAN BETTER The condition of Miss Christine Brinkman, who came near being asphyxiated by smoke and gas during a fire at her home, 3704 Baltimore avenue, Tuesday morning, showed improvement last night. She regained consciousness yesterday morning but was unable to say anything regarding the fire in which she came so near losing her life, and which caused the death of her mother, Mrs. Alice Brinkman. Miss Brinkman is at the home of E. M. Clendening, 3708 Baltimore avenue. She asked about her mother the first thing when she was able to talk, but was not told of her mother’s death, as it was though advisable by Dr. Samuel Ayers to keep that from her until she became stronger. Miss Helen Brinkman, the younger sister, is expected to arrive from Phoenix, A. T., this evening. Ray Brinkman, the brother, is in Kansas City. Arrangements for the funeral of Mrs. Brinkman have not been made.59 February 9, 1906 The Kansas City Journal FUNERAL OF MRS. BRINKMAN The funeral of Mrs. Alice P. Brinkman, widow of the late George L. Brinkman, a former president of the Kansas City Milling Company, who was asphyxiated early Tuesday morning by inhaling the fumes from a smoldering fire in the basement of the home, 3704 Baltimore avenue, will be from the residence of her brother, J. P. Prescott, 3904 Warwick boulevard, at 10 o’clock tomorrow morning. Services will be conducted by Rev. George Reynolds of the Second Presbyterian church and the body will be placed temporarily in the receiving vault at Mount Washington cemetery.
MISS B RINKM AN N OT SO WE LL, Kansas City Star, Thursday . Feb. 8, 1906, p. 1, Kansas City Star Jan. 21, 1906-M ar. 31, 1906, M icrofilm #170 , Kansas City Public Library 59 MISS B RINKM AN B ETT ER, Kansas City Journal, Thursday, Feb. 8, 1906, p. 1, Kansas City Journal Jan. 1 0-Feb. 25 , 190 8, M icrofilm #10 7, Kansas C ity Public Libra ry.

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The active pallbearers will be: Frank Talpey, Samuel Maher, Frank B. Mitchener, O. V. Dodge, R. E. Kidder and E. C. Sooy. The honorary pallbearers will be L. S. Mohr, Judge James H. Austin, G. H. Winn, E. E. Bigelow, A. B. Johnson and E. M. Clendening. Miss Christine Brinkman, who was found in an unconscious condition near the telephone over which she had turned in a fire alarm, is in precarious condition at the home of Mr. Clendening, where she and her mother were taken by the firemen. It was announced last evening that Miss Brinkman had developed pneumonia due to exposure to the night air. Miss Brinkman and her mother were clad only in their night clothes when found. They had arisen to search for the origin of smoke which they smelled in their room on the second floor of the home. Mrs. Brinkman died soon after being removed to the home of Mr. Clendening.60 The Kansas City World, MISS BRINKMAN DIES FROM EFFECTS OF FIRE Miss Christine Brinkman, who Tuesday morning was overcome by smoke in the burning of her home, 3704 Baltimore ave., died this morning at the home of E. M. Clendening, 3708 Baltimore ave., shortly after 3 o’clock. Her mother, Mrs. Alice P. Brinkman, widow of George L. Brinkman, was overcome at the same time and died in the Clendening home shortly after being carried there by firemen. Mother and daughter will be buried together. The funeral will be held from the home of Mrs. Brinkman’s brother, J.P. Prescott, 3904 Warwick boulevard, Saturday morning at 10 o’clock. Rev. George Reynolds, pastor of the 2d. Presbyterian church, will conduct the services. The bodies temporarily will be placed in a vault at Mount Washington cemetery. The pallbearers for Mrs. Brinkman will be: Active, Frank Talpey, Samuel Maher, F. B. Mitchener, O.V. Dodge, R. E. Kidder, E. C. Socy. Honarary, L. S. Mohr, Judge J. H. Austin, G. H. Winn, E.D. Bigelow, A.D. Johnson, and E. M. Clendening.61 Kansas City Star MISS BRINKMAN DEAD, TOO Miss Christine Birnkman died at 3 o’clock this morning. Her mother, Mrs. Alice P. Brinkman, died early Tuesday morning. Both deaths resulted from the inhaling of smoke which rose from a smoldering fire in the basement of their home at 3704 Baltimore avenue. Miss Brinkman never fully regained consciousness after the firemen bore her to the home of E.M. Clendening, next door, where she died. Once she rallied sufficiently from the weakness induced by almost incessant coughing, to ask for her mother, of whose fate she was ignorant, but her strength soon failed. Dr. Samuel C. Ayers, the family physician, practically abandoned hope of Miss Brinkman’s recovery at noon yesterday. For twenty-four hours her life was prolonged by the
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use of the strongest stimulants known to science. A form of pneumonia developed last night, and this, indirectly, hastened the end. Oxygen was used without avail all day yesterday. It was evident to those who were with Miss Brinkman until she died that she had a confused idea of the fire. In her delirium she spoke of trying to reach the telephone to turn in an alarm. She was found lying near the instrument, in the hallway, the receiver hanging from the hook, while the fact that an alarm really was received showed that she had done all she could to summon help. Sometimes Miss Brinkman spoke French, sometimes English. It may never be known clearly how the fire originated in the Brinkman home Monday night. The mother and daughter were alone. A servant had been discharged the previous afternoon and Ray Brinkman, the son, had gone to Des Moines, Ia., that night. It was thought that live ashes from the furnace had ignited a pile of rubbish. Mrs. Brinkman and Miss Christine slept upstairs. They probably were awakened by the smoke which entered their room through the registers. They went downstairs to investigate. Opening the basement door they were met with a cloud of smoke. Miss Christine seized the telephone and sent in an alarm. Then she was overcome. Mrs. Brinkman fell unconscious within two feet of the front door. The firemen lost several minutes looking for the fire after they reached Thirty-seventh street and Baltimore avenue, and when they finally broke a window and entered the Brinkman home they supposed the occupants had been away. When they found the women both were unconscious. Mrs. Brinkman died a few minutes later in Mr. Clendening’s home. Miss Christine Brinkman was 24 years old. She was born in Kansas City, was graduated at the Central High school in 1899 and went to Wellesley college in 1903. She studied French and German in European schools for two years, and with her mother and two sisters, one of whom has since died, she traveled extensively. Mrs. Brinkman was 54 years old. She was born in Fond du Lac, Wis. George L. Brinkman, the father of the family, was once president of the Kansas City Milling company and of the Manufacturers’ association. He died in San Arape, Guatemala, in July, 1902. There will be a double funeral at 10 o’clock to-morrow morning from the home of J. P. Prescott, 3904 Warwick boulevard, Mrs. Brinkman’s brother, where mother and daughter lie side by side. The Rev. George Reynolds of the Second Presbyterian church will officiate. The bodies will be placed in a vault in Mount Washington cemetery. Ray Brinkman, now with the Kansas City Milling company, and Miss Helen Brinkman, who was visiting in Arizona and returned when notified of the tragedy in her home, are the only surviving members of the family.62 Feb. 10, 1906 Kansas City Journal TO BE DOUBLE FUNERAL Miss Christine Louise Brinkman, whose life had been hanging in the balance since she and her mother, Mrs. Alice Prescott Brinkman, inhaled deadly carbon dioxide gas arising from a
MISS BRINKM AN DEAD , TOO, Kansas City Star, Friday, Feb. 9, 1906, p. 1, Kansas City Star Jan. 21, 190 6-M ar. 31 , 190 6, M icrofilm #17 0, Kansas C ity Public Libra ry.

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smoldering fire in the basement of their home, 3704 Baltimore avenue, died at 3 o’clock yesterday morning at the home of E. M. Clendening, next to her own home. The mother and daughter were awakened early Tuesday morning by the smell of smoke coming up through the register. They went together to investigate, as they were alone in the house. Upon opening the basement door the fumes of the deadly gas rushed out upon them. Mrs. Brinkman was overwhelmed and fell near the front door, where she was evidently striving to reach fresh air. Miss Brinkman succeeded in turning in the alarm, and was found by the phone, the receiver of which was down. Both women were taken by the firemen to Mr. Clendening’s home where the mother died shortly. Miss Brinkman had been practically unconscious since the accident, and knew nothing of the fate of her mother. Miss Brinkman was 24 years old and was born in Kansas City. She was a graduate of the high school and had been educated in the East and abroad and was a linguist. She was the daughter of the late George L. Brinkman, former president of the Kansas City Milling Company. Only two in the family now survive. They are Ray Brinkman, who is also connected with the milling company, and Miss Helen Brinkman who was visiting in Arizona at the time of the tragedy in her home. Mrs. Jessie Walls, a sister of Mrs. Brinkman, arrived in the city last night from Los Angeles, Cal. and E. B. Cowgill, a brother-in-law, from Topeka, Kas., also arrived last night. The funeral of the mother and daughter will be at 10 o’clock this morning from the home of J. P. Prescott, a brother of Mrs. Brinkman. Services will be conducted by Rev. George Reynolds, of the Second Presbyterian church. The bodies will rest temporarily in the receiving vault at Mount Washington cemetery. The honorary pallbearers which had been selected for the mother’s funeral will also act for the daughter. They are L.S. Mohr, Judge James H. Austin, G. H. Winn, E. D. Bigelow, A. S. Johnson and E. M. Clendening. The active pallbearers for Mrs. Brinkman will be Frank Talpey, Samuel Maher, Frank B. Mitchener, O.V. Dodge, R. E. Kidder and E. C. Scoy. The active pallbearers for Miss Brinkman will be Winston Welsh, F. K. Mulford, Lester Hall, Millard Russell, Charles Moore, and Logan Clendening.63 John Paul Prescott was appointed administrator of Alice Brinkman’s estate as the executor she named in her will was a non-resident of Missouri at the time of her death.64 Alice’s estate, which consisted of cash, real estate, jewelry, wearing apparel, furniture, and a large amount of stock in the Kansas City Milling Company was valued at $51,799.27.65 Raymond and Helen Brinkman , who were single when their mother died, both married in 1907. Raymond married Ruth Stuart some time prior to April 15. While no marriage record has been found, the Kansas City Star of April 15, 1907 reported:
TO B E DOU BLE FUNE RAL, Kansas City Journal, Sat. Feb. 10, 1906, p. 5, Kansas City Journal Jan. 10Feb. 25, 1 908 , Microfilm #10 7, Kansas C ity Public Libra ry. 64 Probate Packet #7634 (Estate of Alice P. Prescott), Probate Court of Jackson City, Missouri, FHL Microfilm 1,418,352, frame 1223. 65 Probate Packet #7634 (Estate of Alice P. Prescott), Probate Court of Jackson City, Missouri, FHL Microfilm 1,418,352, frame 1315.

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Mr. and Mrs. Raymond P. Brinkman are occupying their new home, 4324 McGee street.66 Raymond and Ruth eventually moved across the border to Kansas, but stayed in the general area for the rest of their lives. They had one adopted son, so left few descendants. Helen married Charles George Adsit on 11 December 1907.67 Helen’s wedding was announced in the Kansas City Star: At the marriage of Miss Helen Brinkman and Mr. Charles G. Adsit, which will be celebrated Wednesday evening, December 11,8 o’clock, at All Souls’ Unitarian church, Miss Margaret Cutler will be the maid of honor and Mrs. Raymond P. Brinkman, the bride’s brother, will be Mr. Adsit’s best man. . . . Miss Brinkman will be given in marriage by her uncle, Mr. J. P. Prescott. A reception following the ceremony will be held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond P. Brinkman.... Miss Julie Thompson gave a most charming luncheon Wednesday in honor of Miss Brinkman. The table held an elaborate centerpiece of Killarney roses and midenhair ferns. The place cards were dainty water color sketches... On Friday afternoon Miss Brinkman was the guest of honor at an informal tea given by Mrs. Raymond P. Brinkman. The receiving rooms were unusually attractive in pink carnations and stevia....68 Helen and Charles Adsit left Missouri and lived principally in Georgia, but when their baby daughter died in Atlanta, the paper there reported: Helen, 5-month old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles G. Adsit, died Tuesday morning at 2:30 o'clock at the residence, Ponce de Leon apartments. The body was sent to Kansas City, Mo., for burial.69 Helen and Charles had one other child, Charles. She, too, left few descendants. When she died in New York City in 1984 at the age of 98, her death notice in the New York Times said she was survived by her son, one granddaughter, and one great-granddaughter.70 Helen’s baby and her husband (who died in 1935 in Des Moines, Iowa71) are buried with other Prescott and

GOSS IP OF SOC IETY , Kansas City Star, April 15, 1907, p. 2, Kansas City Star Historical Archive, 67 Jackson County, Missouri, Marriage Book 41:581, FHL Microfilm 1,061,684. 68 Kansas City Star, Dec. 8, 1907, p. 2, Kansas City Star Historical Archive, 69 Obituary of Helen Adsit, The Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta, Georgia,6 Jan 1915, p. 3, digital image, 70 Deaths, Ad sit–Helen B . on Fe bruary 12, 198 4, New Y ork T imes, undated clipping in po ssession of Beth Davies. 71 CHARLES G. ADSIT, DES M OINES RAIL PRESIDENT , DIES, newspaper clipping in possession of Beth D avies.


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Brinkman family members in Mt.Washington Cemetery in Kansas City. 72 John Paul Prescott and his wife Martha remained in Kansas City . A history of John’s life to 1908 was recorded in Carrie Westlake Whitney’s Kansas City Missouri, Its History and Its People, 1800-1908: JOHN P. PRESCOTT Among the buildings of modern construction in Kansas City is the Terminal Warehouse at Broadway and the Belt Line tracks, which was the first reinforced concrete building in this part of the west and one of the first concrete warehouses in America. Since its completion Mr. Prescott has given his undivided time and attention to its management and rental. The spirit of enterprise actuates him in all that he does and has enabled him to overcome obstacles that would have seemed an insurmountable bar to progress in the lives of other men. Born at Spirit Lake, Iowa, on the 4th of February, 1859, he is a son of John S. and Mary (Harris) Prescott. The father, a lawyer, now deceased, was a native of Boston and came west in 1845 to Wisconsin, removing thence to Iowa in 1857. He was descended from Puritan ancestry, John Prescott, the progenitor of the family in America, arriving in this country in 1640 from England. He located near Boston and founded a family which has numbered many distinguished members, including Colonel Prescott of Breed Hill fame in the Revolutionary war and William Hinkling Prescott, the eminent historian, also of the same family. Mr. Prescott was educated in the common schools of Iowa, Illinois and Mississippi, pursuing his studies to the age of fourteen years, when he began work as telegraph operator, being thus employed to the age of seventeen. He afterward herded cattle in the Pan handle of Texas for two years, after which he engaged in railroad construction as a member of an engineering party, his time being thus passed through the succeeding ten years in the west and in Mexico. Another decade was devoted to railroad contracting in Mexico and Central America and in 1898 he arrived in Kansas City, where he engaged in the milling business, in which he continued until three years ago, when he erected the Terminal Warehouse at Broadway and the Belt Line tracks. This building, the first reinforced concrete structure in this part of the west, was put up with a view of giving the most complete protection from fire and no woodwork was used in its construction. it is one of the largest warehouses of the southwest. Since the completion of the building Mr. Prescott has devoted his attention entirely to its management and is now contemplating the erection of another warehouse which the increase in his business demands. He has made judicious and extensive investments in real estate and now has considerable income property. On the 20th of December, 1892, Mr. Prescott was married at Chase City, Virginia, to Miss Martha Anderson, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, a daughter of John Anderson, who was killed in the Civil war. In his political views Mr. Prescott is a stalwart republican, but without desire for office. He belongs to the Manufacturers & Merchants Association, is president of the

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Employers Association and is a member of the Commercial and the Kansas City Clubs. His identification with these organizations shows his deep interest in the business outlook and prospects of the city and his active cooperation in many movements which are an element in its commercial and industrial growth and improvement. He started out in life for himself with no special equipment and from the age of fourteen years has depended upon his own resources, but has eagerly availed himself of opportunities for advancement and each forward step has brought him a wider outlook, leading on to larger successes.73 The beginnings of his warehouse were given in the April 11, 1905 Kansas City Star: A NEW BELT LINE WAREHOUSE J. P. Prescott is at the head of a company that will build a warehouse south of Twentyfourth street on Broadway and the Kansas City Belt Railway company. The building will be the largest building of its character in Kansas City and will be 100 x 130 feet and will be six stories high. It will be of steel and reinforced concrete. Mr. Prescott has organized a company known as the Terminal Warehouse company, that will control the property. “Work on the excavation has begun,” said Mr. Prescott this afternoon, “but the plans for the superstruction have not been determined upon. There are several systems of reinforced concrete in use and I am going East to-night to study the different systems. It will be the first large building of its kind in Kansas City.74 1908 was the beginning of a number of personal problems in John’s life and the warehouse was the scene of that first disaster. A serious accident was reported in the Kansas City Star: 16 Dec., 1908 (6 o’clock edition) J. P. PRESCOTT INJURED While operating a freight elevator at the third floor of the Terminal Warehouse company’s building at Twenty-fifth and Broadway this afternoon, J. P. Prescott, president of the company, was caught between the beams of the lift and the shaft and dangerously injured. Both of his arms and his right leg were so crushed that amputation may be necessary. After the accident, the lift continued in its downward course, carrying the injured man, until a foreman, seeing Mr. Prescott lying on the floor, jumped aboard and stopped it. None of the employees saw the accident and when taken from the lift, Mr. Prescott was unable to tell how he had been injured. He was taken to the South Side hospital, at Thirtieth and Main streets. Mr. Prescott lives at 3904 Warwick boulevard.75
Carrie W estlake W hitney, Kansas City Missouri, Its History and Its People, 1800-1908 (Chicago: The S. J. Clarke :Publishing Co., 1908), 620-623. 74 A NEW BELT LINE W AREH OUSE , Kansas City Star, April 11, 1905, p. 1, Kansas City Star Historical Archives, 75 J. P. Presc ott Injured, K ansas City Star, De c. 16, 19 08, K ansas City Star H istorical Archives,

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17 Dec., 1908 (The Morning Kansas City Star) AN ELEVATOR CRUSHED HIM In an elevator accident at the Terminal Warehouse company’s building at Twenty-fifth street and Broadway at 2:30 o’clock yesterday afternoon J. P. Prescott, president and manager of the company, received injuries that made necessary the amputation of his left arm and right leg at the South Side hospital. The operation ws performed by Dr. J. F. Binnie, assisted by Dr. St. Clair Streett. Mr. Prescott sustained the shock of the operation very well, the surgeons said, and has a good chance to recover. Nobody witnessed the accident. J. F. Van Hatten, a foreman, who was on the lower floor at the time, heard a cry for help coming from the freight elevator shaft. He ran to investigate. The car was passing the level of the floor when he reached the cage, descending to the basement. In the car lay Mr. Prescott, crushed and bleeding. Van Hatten jumped down six feet to the platform of the car and stopped it. The injured man was conscious. He was taken immediately to the South Side hospital by Dr. Ward H. Leonard, who was called. From what Mr. Prescott was able to tell me,” said Mr. Van Hatten, “he was on the third floor and had attempted to board the car as it descended. He pulled it down from the fifth floor by the rope which operates it. It is probably that he raised the gate and attempted to jump to the platform while it was moving. His foot slipped probably and the floor of the car caught and crushed him.” Mr. Prescott’s left arm and right leg were badly crushed and he received a simple fracture of the right arm between the elbow and the shoulder. Mr. Prescott lives at 3904 Warwick boulevard. He organized the Terminal Warehouse company about three years ago. Previous to that time he was for nine years manager of the Kansas City Milling company. He is 52 years old.76 17 Dec. 1908 (Last Edition) J. P. PRESCOTT IS BETTER J. P. Prescott, who was injured yesterday afternoon in an elevator accident at the Terminal Warehouse company’s building, Twenty-fifth street and Broadway, passed a fairly restful night at the South Side hospital. This morning his condition was improved. His left arm was amputated at the elbow and his right leg below the knee. Dr. St. Clair Stree is attending him.77

AN E LEV ATO R CR USH ED H IM, T he Mo rning Kansas City Star, Dec.17, 1908 , p. 1, Kansas CityStar Historical Archives, 77 J. P. PRES COT T IS B ET TE R, Kansas City Star, Dec. 17, 1908, Last edition, p. 1, Kansas City Star Historical Archives,


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18 Dec. 1908 (6 o’clock edition) J. P. PRESCOTT’S RECOVERY CERTAIN J. P. Prescott, who was injured Wednesday in an elevator accident at the Terminal warehouse, Twenty-fifth street and Broadway, continues to improve at the South side hospital. Recovery is certain, it was said at the hospital this morning.78 13 Jan. 1909 (Last edition) J. P. PRESCOTT WILL RECOVER The condition of J. P. Prescott, president of the Terminal Warehouse company, who was injured December 16 in an elevator accident in the company’s warehouse, is improved. His recovery is now assured. Mr. Prescott’s left arm and right leg were amputated. he is at his home, 3904 Warwick boulevard.79 Five years later, it was deja vu . The Kansas City Star reported on 28 Nov. 1913: VICTIM OF ELEVATOR ACCIDENT The condition of John P. Prescott, president of the Carnes Artifical Limb company, 904-6 East Twelfth Street, who is in the German Hospital because of a dangerous scalp wound received while operating a freight elevator in the factory of the limb company Wednesday afternoon, was said by Dr. J. F. Binnie this morning to be improving steadily. Mr. Prescott’s head was caught between the landing and gate of the elevator. His life was saved by pushing the gate away from the car far enough to permit it to pass without crushing his head. This is the second accident he has had from a freight elevator. The first was five years ago when he was working at the terminal warehouse, 2422 Broadway, for the same company of which he is now president. owing to the failure of the elevator to work properly, Mr. Prescott suffered the loss of a leg and an arm.80 John’s next problem was of an entirely different sort and took place on May 22, 1920. DAY HOLDUP ON 12TH Another daylight payroll robbery took place at Twelfth and Campbell streets shortly before 11 o’clock today. The hold-up lasted not longer than three minutes. Three bandits escaped with $2,063.03, the payroll of eighty employees of the Carnes Artificial Limb Company, 904-906 Eat Twelfth Street. A black bag containing the money was seized from Mrs. William A. Huddleston, 4208
J.P. PRESCOT T’S RECOVER Y CERT AIN, Kansas City Star, Dec. 18k, 1908, 6 o’clock edition, p. 1, Kansas City Star Historical Archives, 79 J. P. PRES COT T W ILL REC OV ER, Ka nsas City Star, Jan. 13, 1909, last edition, p. 1, Kansas City Star Historical Archives, 80 VICT IM O F ELE VAT OR A CCID ENT , Kansas City Star, Nov. 28, 191 3, p. 24, Kansas City Star Historical Archives,

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Chestnut avenue, bookkeeper of the artificial limb company, as she alighted form a motor car after a visit to the First National Bank, Tenth street and Baltimore avenue. Two youthful, well dressed men participated in the actual robbery, while another man sat at the wheel of a slow running “chummy” roadster, which is believed to have followed the car containing Mrs. Huddleston. As one of the bandits sized the money bag Mrs. Hudelston, a middle aged woman, tightened her grasp on the handle, but she was forced to remove her fingers after the other robber struck her a sharp blow across the wrist with his fist. J. P. Prescott, president of the artificial limb company, who had accompanied the bookkeeper to the bank, leaped from the car parked at the entrance to the artificial limb company and attempted to rescue the money bag form the bandits. Prescott, who wears an artificial leg and an artificial arm, was struck a fist blow, that tumbled him to the sidewalk. Prescott, dazed, was lifted to his feet by Mrs. Huddleston. Both watched the bandit trio speed south on Campbell street. James Davis, negro chauffeur employed by Prescott, drove Prescott and the bookkeeper on the trip to the bank. Davis sat open mouthed in Prescott’s car while the hold-up took place. He said later the robbery happened so quick he didn’t have time to aid his employer. The daring robbery happened at a moment when few persons were on the street. Prescott’s car returned from the bank by way of Eleventh street, turning south on Harrison street, then west on Twelfth street to the entrance of the Artificial Limb Company. None of the occupants of the car recalled seeing a pursuing car. The car containing the bandits rolled quietly alongside Prescott’s car and never came to a full stop. The police trailed the car used by the bandits to Twelfth street and Forest avenue, where the robbers abandoned the car in front of the home of Charles Wuerth, 1216 Forest avenue. Wuerth told the police he saw three men jump from the car and run north on Forest avenue. The black money bag of the artificial limb company was lying on the floor of the car. The bag was empty, except for rubber bands that had been placed around paper money. The police later learned the car–a Chandler–belonged to Miss Myrtle K. Hartzell, 3504 College avenue. Miss Hartzell, who is private secretary for C. R. Cook of the C. R. Cook Paint Company, 1319 Grand avenue, told the police her car had been stolen from Fourteenth street and Grand avenue, where she had parked it shortly before 8 o’clock today. One of the bandits who seized the money bag wore a brown suit; the other a dark blue suit. The men appeared about 25 or 28 years old. The police have only a meager description of the man who drove the other two bandits.81 Several follow-up articles appeared concerning the robbery: PICK ANOTHER IN HOLD-UP (May 27, 1920) Another man, Louis Thompson, 24 years old, was identified today as one of the trio who
DAY HO LDUP O N 12 TH, Kansas City Star, May 22, 1920, 6:30 edition, p. 1, Kansas City Star Historical Archives,

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participated Saturday in the daylight holdup in which $2000, the payroll of the Carnes Artifical Limb Company, was stolen. Thompson was identified by J. P. Prescott, president of the company, and Mrs. William A. Huddleston, secretary who were taking the money from a downtown bank to the company’s offices 904-6 East Twelfth street. A robbery charge was filed against Thompson by the prosecutor. He denied the charge when arraigned before Justice J. J. Dougherty and was remanded to jail in default of $3,500 bond to await preliminary hearing June 1. Lawrence Lasson, manager of the Liberty Messenger Service, was identified yesterday as another of the men. Thompson was arrested last night with Joe Lapetina in a room at the Randall hotel, 403 East Ninth street, by Hugh Dougherty and Phil McGuire, detectives. Today they were placed in the “showup” room at headquarters. Thompson was picked out by both Prescott and Mrs. Huddleston, but they could not identify Lapetina. Mrs. Huddleston asserted that Thompson was the man who seized the hand grip containing the money from her. Detectives said they found an opium smoking outfit in the hotel room where Thompson and Lapetina were arrested. Thompson denies any connection with the hold-up and refuses to make a statement. Lasson also denies participation. The hold-up was near Twelfth and Campbell streets. Prescott and Mrs. Huddleston were driving with the money to the offices when a small sedan containing three men drove alongside and forced the grip from Mrs. Huddleston and knocked Prescott down when he attempted to prevent the robbery.82 BEGAN LASSON TRIAL, TOO (August 11, 1920) Immediately after the trial of Robert J Murray, also known as Roy Wilson, payroll bandit, yesterday in Judge E. E. Porterfield’s court, a jury began to hear highway robbery charges against Lawrence Lasson. Lasson is charged with being one of the bandits who robbed officials of the Carnes Artificial Limb Company of $2,063, May 22, in front of the factory, 904-906 East Twelfth street. Lasson, an Italian, is proprietor of a messenger service. He has been identified as one of the bandits. J. P. Prescott, president of the company, took the stand as the sate’s first witness. He told of going to the First National Bank with Mrs. W. A. Huddleston, bookkeeper for the concern, in a motor car for the payroll. “As we stepped out of the car on our return from the bank I saw a man step toward Mrs. Huddleston. I hear a voice say, “Give me that bag.” “I saw the bag of money drop and I reached for it. I was then confronted by a man who struck me on the chest and knocked me to the sidewalk.” “Did you have ample opportunity to observe the man who attacked you?” Hunt Moore,
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prosecutor, asked. “I did,” was the answer.” “Then who was he?” “There he sits before me,” Prescott said emphatically, pointing to Lasson. Prescott said the face of the bandit had made an impression on his memory which was difficult to efface. John T. Barker, attorney for Lasson, cross-examined the witness nearly forty-five minutes on details of the hold-up, endeavoring to entangle the witness in a mesh of discrepancies. “Why didn’t you have your chauffeur, who was a witness to the hold-up, subpoenaed to testify here?” Barker asked. Judge Porterfield ruled it was not a part of Prescott’s duty in the trial to issue subpoenas for witnesses and was not required to answer. The trial was adjourned at 5:30 o’clock until today at 9 o’clock. Louis Thompson, aslo held in the Carnes robbery, is scheduled for trial this week.83 John’s death certificate indicated that he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound on 5 Feb. 1926 in Kansas City. 84 The Kansas City Star report of the suicide included one more accident that had happened two years earlier: JOHN PRESCOTT A SUICIDE John Paul Prescott, president of the Carnes Artificial Limb Company, committed suicide today with a pistol in the company’s offices, 904 East Twelfth street. Mr. Prescott was 70 years old and lived at 3904 Warwick boulevard. Worry over financial affairs and ill health were attributed as the cause. Mr. Prescott entered his private office at 8:30 o’clock, the usual time. Two hours later employees heard a shot. Mrs. W. A. Huddleton, a clerk, found Mr. Prescott dead in a chair. He had shot himself in the right temple with an automatic pistol. W. T. Carnes, secretary of the company, said Mr. Prescott had been worrying over the financing of an automatic phonograph which the company planned to add to its operations. Mr. Prescott lost the sight of an eye in a motor car accident two years ago and had not been in good health since. That was another factor attributed by Mr. Carnes. With Mr. Carnes, Mr. Prescott founded the artificial limb company fifteen years ago. Largely prompting their venture was the loss in 1908 by Mr. Prescott of his right leg and left arm in an elevator accident. Mr. Carnes’s right arm is off. Mrs. Prescott was attending a meeting at the Second Presbyterian church, Fifty-fith and

BEG AN LASSO N TR IAL, TOO, Kansas City Star, August 11, 1920 City Edition, p. 1, Kansas City Star Historical Archives, 84 Death Ce rtificate of John P aul Presco tt, Misso uri State Bo ard o f Hea lth, copy in possession of Beth Davies.


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Oak streets, when notified of her husband’s death.85 The Kansas City Journal of Feb. 7, 1926 reported: SERVICES FOR J. P. PRESCOTT TO BE TOMORROW Funeral services for John Paul Prescott, 70 years old, 3905 Warwick bouldevard, will be held at 2 o’clock tomorrow afternoon in the Second Prebyterian church, Fifty-fifth and Oak streets. Mr. Prescott shot himself at his offices in the plant of the Carnes Artificial Limb company. He had been connected with the firm since its establishment here seventeen years ago and was president of the company at the time of his death. The Rev. a. D. Wolf, supply pastor for the Second Presbyterian church, will conduct the services. Active pall bearers will be: H.A. Parker Dr. M. W. Pickard Paul Mohr Landry Harwood Dr. David B. Robinson Gus Schmierer Honorary pall bearers will be: James B. Welsh Dr. H. A. Baker L. S. Mohr A. G. Norris L.L. Marcell Andrew Young F.J. Buschow C. G. Hutchinson Dr. J. H. Laning William H. Brennon J. G. Park R. E. Hil O. P. Blake Burial will be in Mt. Washington cemetery.86 From the Kansas City Star, Monday, Feb. 8, 1926: PRESCOTT–John P. of 2904 Warwick blvd., died Friday, aged 70 years. Funeral services will be from the Second Prebyterian church, 55th and Oak sts. Monday afternoon, February 8, at 2 o’clock. Burial in Mt. Washington cemetery.87 John’s widow, Martha, moved to California following his death and appears in the 1930

JOH N PR ESCO TT A SUIC IDE, K ansas City Star, Friday, Feb. 5, 1926, p. 2, Kansas City Star February 192 6, M icrofilm #43 6, Kansas C ity Public Libra ry. 86 SERVICES FOR J. P. PRECOTT TO BE TOM ORROW , Kansas City Journal, Sundy, Feb. 7, 1926, p. 2A, Kansas City Journal Feb. 1,1926-M ar. 2, 1926, Microfilm #271, K ansas City Public Library 87 PR ESCO TT , Kan sas City Star, M onday, Feb . 8, 1926, p . 17, K ansas C ity Star February 1926, M icrofilm #43 6, Kansas C ity Public Libra ry.


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census living in Riverside with two of her sisters.88 She died in Riverside 6 March 193689 and is buried with John Paul Prescott, and their baby son in Mt. Washington Cemetery, Independence, Missouri, Block 2, Lot 380. Buried near them are Alice and Christine Brinkman and baby Helen Adsit and her father, Charles George Adsit.

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Alice Prescott Brinkman Oct. 4, 1851-Feb. 6, 1906

Christine Louise Brinkman Nov 13, 1882-Feb 9, 1906

Martha Anderson Prescott Apr 23, 1856-Mar 5, 1936

John Paul Prescott Feb 4, 1859-Feb 5, 1926

Son of John and Martha, Still born Dec 18, 1902

Helen Adsit (Aug 1, 1914-Jan 4, 1915). Daughter of Helen B rinkman Adsit,

Husband of Helen Brinkman Adsit, Nov 1, 1874-Mar 27, 1935

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CHARLES PRESCOTT A Chas. W. Prescott, age 37, born WI, appears in the California Great Register of voters in 1890 in Greenwich, Kern County. In the same place is Clarence H. Prescott, age 30, born Wisconsin.90 A Charles Wesley Prescott, age 36, born Wisconsin, appears in the Great Register of 1888 for Piru, Ventura County, California91. The Alice Blake history says that Charles and Fred lived in Guatemala, and that Charles was married, but doesn't give his wife's name. I have not been able to verify this or to find Charles in any later records. FREDERICK H PRESCOTT An individual who appears to be Fred was living in White Oaks, Lincoln County, New Mexico in the 1880 census.92 As noted previously, his sister, Alice Prescott Brinkman, named Fred in her will, leaving him $500 and noting this was repayment of a loan from him. Alice’s probate packet contained papers that showed that Fred was living in Livingston, Guatemala, but in 1907 he signed a paper in Kansas City, showing that he had received his legacy from Alice.93 New Orleans passenger lists indicated that Fred travel from Central America to the U.S. at least four time: 1897 from Livingston, Guatemala on the ship Stillwater, age 38, Conductor 1902 from Belize on the ship Anselm, age 42, railroad contracter, destination Kansas City 1907 from Puerto Cortes, Honduras on the ship Bluefields, age 47, contracter 1913 from Puerto Barrios, Guatemala, on the ship Ellis, age 53, contractor, birthplace Spirit Lake, Iowa. No other family members were travelling with him and he is listed as single, so apparently never married.94 A history of the railroad in Guatemala found on Wikipedia says, “First line in Guatemala was opened in 1884 from Guatemala City to Puerto San José. The presently existing line to Puerto Barrios was completed in 1908. The network was soon acquired by United Fruit and in 1912 renamed IRCA - International Railways of Central America. The railroad prospered until 1957. In 1954, United Fruit had to divest following an antitrust suit and in 1959, a parallel highway caused a serious competitive pressure. In 1968, the company defaulted, was taken over by the government and renamed FEGUA - Ferrocarriles de Guatemala. The condition of tracks continued to deteriorate and all traffic was shut down in 1996. Only nostalgic tourist trains (by Trains Unlimited) ran on parts of the network in 1997 and 1998.”95

Janice G. Cloud, editor, The California 1890 Great Register of Voters Index (North Salt Lake, Utah : Heritage Quest, 2001 ), Vol. III:190. 91 Ibid. 92 1880 U.S. Census, Lincoln County, New Mexico population schedule, White Oaks, E.D. 58, sheet 13, dwelling 18, family 26. 93 Case File #7 634 , Alice P Brinkman, Fram es 12 23, and 1323 , Kansas City, M issouri & Jackson C ounty, Missouri probate records and case files, FHL Microfilm 1,418,352. 94 Fred * Prescott sea rch, New Orleans Passenger Lists, 1820-1945 (database on-line with digital images of passe nger lists),, accessed April 2011. 95 Rail tran sport in Guatemala,,. Accessed April 2008.


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Frederick H. Prescott died at the American Hospital in Guatemala City, Guatemala on 20 October, 1937, age 77 years, 8 months. Information from his death record reports: “Information of the death of Frederick H. Prescott first reached the consular office in February, 1938, when the envelope containing an invitation to renew his registration as an American citizen sent to him at his address in San Felipe, Department of Retalhuleu, Guatemala, was returned by the post office with the note thereon that the addressee was dead. As his registration stated that the person to be notified in case of his death was Mr. H. W. Cooper, an American residing in Guatemala City, communication was had with him for further details. It appears that the deceased left a will making Mr. Cooper his heir but save for a small debt which Mr. Cooper is trying to collect, that it amounts to practically nothing. It also appears that for a number of years the deceased had been living in reduced circumstances in the small town of San Felipe, Department of Retalhuleu, Guatemala, alone, save for a housekeeper, a Guatemalan woman known as Luisa Prescott. Mr. Cooper states that he knows nothing of the personal effects left by Mr. Prescott in San Felipe, but such as they were evidently remained in the possession of the said Luisa Prescott. In a previous registration the deceased named as the person to be notified in the event of his death a Mr. John Walls of Los Angeles, California, whose street address he did not know. Later he dropped the name of John Walls as the person to be notified and gave the name of Mr. H. W. Cooper. Mr. Cooper states that Mr. Prescott had told him that the said John Walls was married to his sister, and that he had heard that he had gone to Los Angeles, California, but was not sure. According to his registration record the deceased had resided in Mexico from 1889 to 1893 and in Guatemala since 1893. Because of the uncertainty as to the address or identity of John Walls, no notification of this death has been sent to him. Walter F. Boyle Consul General of the United States of America.96 CLARENCE HARRIS PRESCOTT Clarence was living with Fletcher and Julia Blake in Kaufman Co., Texas in 1880 and his occupation was "cowboy.”97 There was a Clarence H. Prescott, compositer, living in Los Angeles in 1888--the same year that Jessie Prescott first appears in the L.A. city directories. He only appears that one year. The listing reads: Prescott, Clarence H., compositor Los Angeles Printing Co, res 32 Sainsevain.98 As stated above, he appears in the 1890 Great Register in Kern County, California. What appears to be the same individual appears in the 1900 census of Port Angeles, Callam County,

Death of Frederick H. Prescott, Report of the Death of An American Citizen, database on-line with digital image s, Original data, National Archives Record Group RG59-Engry 205; Box 1272, 19301939 Guatemala A-Sp. 97 Fletcher Blake household, 1880 U.S. Census, Kaufman County, Texas population schedule, E.D. 37, p. 24D, dwelling 246, family 242.


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Washington, born April 1855 in Iowa, occupation miner. 99 In the 1910 census of Seattle, King County, Washington, he is age 52, born in Iowa, a printer, and still single.100 He appears in the 1908 and 1910 city directories of Seattle, but could not be found in later records there.101 The last half dozen years of Charles’ life were spent in Idaho and were quite adventurous. The story is told in River of No Return, a history of Salmon River, as follows: “Mile 262.3 Churchill-Dale-Whitewater Ranch, on the right, hidden from the river. This 120-acre ranch has a colorful history reaching back to 1897k when C. Eugene Churchill first settled on it. According to Robert Bailey, Churchill came to Idaho from the Mesabi iron mines in Minnesota. . . . Churchill homesteaded on Little Mallard Creek, built a substantial house, and did some placer mining. He and his wife, Ella, cleared, the land, planted an orchard, put in alfalfa. An extensive irrigation ditch system watered the site. The Churchills kept pack stock and cattle. They hoped to make a living selling beef, fruit, and vegetables to Dixie, Elk City, and over to Thunder Mountain. Gene was on the trail for a week at a time. He lost much of his market when the Thunder Mountain boom played out, aggravated by the Monumental Creek slide that flooded the town of Roosevelt. In September, 1915, some fellows from Rattlesnake Creek came down to Churchill’s place and arranged to sell him their boat. Gene, C. H. Prescott, and Truman Thomas went up to get it. On their way back down, they wrecked on a rock near Richardson Creek. Stranded in the river, they succeeded in getting Mrs.Thomas to cross the water below them with a small boat and go to the Allison (later) place for help. Sam Myers was there. It was raining and Mrs. Thomas was chilled, so he put her to bed, and headed down to see what he could do. Mrs. Churchill got Harbison and Bargamin to join the rescue effort at dawn. With ropes they tried to pull Gene ashore on the north bank. They didn’t keep the rope evenly taut, his leather harness broke, and not being able to swim he was pulled under near the bluff on the north side. The men crossed the river and pulled Prescott and Thomas in on the Richardson Creek side. Gene Churchill’s body surfaced 25 days later in the eddy above Richardson Creek and his friends buried him there on the bar . . . In a short while, Ella Churchill married C. H. Prescott, who had come to the river after spending most of his life on the cattle ranges of Texas. For Ella it turned out to be a case of new regrets soon crowding out the old. Prescott went hunting with a friend and they went up separate ridges. When he topped out, Prescott sat down on a grassy slope to eat his lunch, accompanied by his little black dog. His friend across the canyon took him for a bear with cub, and shot him through the hip. By the time Prescott’s bleeding was controlled and he was packed off the mountain, he was in a bad way. He never really recovered his health and died in 1921 from pneumonia contracted on a trip to Elk City. He is buried in Newsome . . .

Charles Ullmer household, Clarence Prescott, Boarder, 1900 U .S. Census, Callam County, W ashington, Port Angeles City, E.D. 20, sheet 9A, dwelling 210, family 210. 100 Clarence H. Prescott, 1910 U.S. Census, King County, Washington, Seattle, Ward 13, E.D. 213, sheet 21A, line 13. Seattle City Directories, 1908 (microfilm 1,612,117 ) and 1910 (microfilm 1,612,11 8), FHL, Salt Lake City, Utah. The re is no 190 9 directory in this microfilm series.


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Ella Churchill-Prescott, whose health was frail at best, became ill after her second husband’s death. Joe Hoover came in to care for her. So did her sister, Bertie Lyons, who arrived on a Guleke scow. Despite their attentions, Ella passed away in the fall of 1922. She was buried behind the barn, with a large uncarved stone set as a marker. Bertie took a piece of chalk and wrote “Dear Sister Ella’ across the rock.”102 A different version of Clarence and Ella’s story goes like this: “When Gene [Churchill] drowned in 1915, leaving Ella a widow, running the ranch on her own was a formidable task. Clarence Harris Prescott helped her. He had been on the river since the turn of the century and had survived the boat wreck that took Gene’s life. A year later, November 4, 1916, she and Prescott were married in Elk City. At the same time, Ella filed a homestead patent on the 122-acre ranch. Although Prescott assisted Ella on the ranch, his health was poor. He suffered from the after-effects of a gunshot would received in 1912 when he was shot by a friend who mistook him for a bear. Periodically, Prescott sought medical care in town. In November 1920, on one such trip to Newsome, he contracted pneumonia and died. He is buried in Kooskia. With the homestead entry pending, Ella refused to leave the Churchill Ranch, yet her own failing health made caring for the place impossible. Joseph Arthur Hoover, who arrived shortly after Prescott’s death, did the chores for her. Ella’s sister, Bertie Lyons, also came to the river to care for her. Ella received title to her homestead in February 1922. At this time Ella made a will, leaving her entire estate in equal shares to Hoover and Lyons. Ella died in October of that year. Hoover and Lyons buried Ella at the west end of the ranch near Little Mallard Creek. They placed a large boulder over the top of her grave. Today it is protected by a pole fence.”103 JESSIE FREMONT PRESCOTT WALLS The California death index lead me further information on Jessie. It showed: Name: WALLS, JESSIE FREMONT Social Security #: 0 Sex: FEMALE Birth Date: 3 Feb 1861 Birthplace: IOWA Death Date: 3 Dec 1942 Death Place: SAN DIEGO Mother's Maiden Name: HARRIS Father's Surname: PRESCOTT104 Jessie married John A. Walls, an architect, about 1892, probably in Los Angeles, California.105 She appears as a stenographer in Los Angeles city directories in 1888 and 1890,
John Carrey & Cort Conley, River of No Return (Cambridge, Idaho: Backeddy Books, 1978). 157-159. Kathy Deinhard t Hill, Spirts of the Salmon River, p. 65. Received by correspondence from Cort Conley March 2011. 104 California Death Index, 1940-1997 (data-base on-line), . 105 John Walls household, 1900 U.S. Census, Los Angeles County, California population schedule, Los Angeles City, Ward 6, E.D. 57, sheet 11B, 712 East Avenue, dwelling 264, family 272.
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and John appears in the directories as an architect beginning a few years earlier than that.106 John died 12 December, 1922 in Los Angeles.107 They had one daughter, Eleanor, born 3 Feb. 1893.108 HARRIET EDITH EDWARDS “Edith” married Alonzo (Lon) Edwards about 1882 (married 28 years in the 1910 census).109 They were probably married in Lincoln County, New Mexico as their oldest daughter, Jessie was born there 11 September 1883.110 Alonzo Edwards appears in White Oaks, Lincoln County, New Mexico in the 1880 census as Lorenzo Edwards, age 26, born Kentucky. 111 Daughter Jessie’s delayed birth certificate also added more complete birth information concerning her mother. It reads in part: “ petitioner's mother was Harriet Edith Edwards ....whose maiden name was Harriet Edith Prescott and who was born at Gillette's Grove, Iowa the 17 day of November 1866"112 Edith and Lon appeared to have moved a lot. Their 2nd daughter, Juanita, was born in Washington in 1887 and their 3rd daughter, Dorothy, was born in 1900 in Oregon.113 By 1910, they were living in Humboldt County, California.114 Edith died in Long Beach, California in 1917. Her death record reads: Places of Death: Los Angeles County, City of Long Beach, 326 East Third Name: Edith Prescot Edwards Female, White Wife of Mr. Lon Edwards Date of Birth November 17th, 1867 Age 50 years, 2 days Birth Place: Iowa Father: Prescot Mother Harris (Birthplaces not known) Resident of place of death 5 years, in California 17 years Informant: Mr. Lon Edwards, 326 E 3rd St. L.B.
Los Angeles City Directories, 1886, 18 87 (microfilm 1,376,981) and 1 888, 189 0 (microfilm 1,376,982), FHL, Salt Lake City, Utah. 107 Los Angeles County Death Records, City of Los Angeles; 1922, Local Registered No. 9607, microfilm 2,369.232 , FHL, Salt Lake City, Utah. 108 Birth Record of Eleanor W alls, Los Ange les City, Ind ex to B irth Reports 187 9-19 05, m icrofilm 1,033,177 , FHL, Salt Lake City, Utah. 109 1910 U.S. Census, Humboldt County, California population census, Mad River Township, E.D. 16, sheet 16A, p. 46. 110 Birth Record of Jessie Edwards Dodge, Oregon Statewide Delayed Filings of Births #1516, microfilm 2,229,223 , FHL, Salt Lake City, Utah. 111 1880 U.S. Census, Lincoln County, New Mexico population schedule, White Oaks, E.D. 58, sheet 11, dwelling 13, family 17. 112 Birth Record of Jessie Edwards Dodge, Oregon Statewide Delayed Filings of Births #1516, microfilm 2,229,223 , FHL, Salt Lake City, Utah. 113 1900 U.S. Census, Clatsop County, Oregon population schedule, John Day Precinct, E.D. 134, sheet 1A, p. 89, family #8. 114 1910 U.S. Census, Humboldt County, California population schedule, Mad River Township, E.D. 16, sheet 16A, p. 46.

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Date of death: November 19th, 1917 Former residence: Eureka, Cal. Burial or removal: Los Angeles Crematory--Nov. 20, 1917 Undertaker: J J Mottell115 A brief obituary appeared in the newspaper in Oregon where her oldest daughter was living:

DIED--A wire from Long Beach announces the death at that place this morning of Mrs. Lon Edwards, mother of Mrs. Louis Dodge. The remains will be cremated at Los Angeles tomorrow. Mrs. Edwards formerly lived here, moving to Long Beach about six years ago.116 “Lon” Edwards also died in Los Angeles County, 13 Oct. 1926.117

Death Record , Edith Edwards, Los Angeles County Death Record s, City of Long Beach, Local Re gisterd No. 461 , microfilm 2,138,03 4, FHL, Salt Lake City, Utah. 116 Ashland Tidings, Ashland, Oregon, Vol. 27, p. 74, Monday, November 19, 1917 117 California Death Index (database on-line),


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