Nov. 12, 1891
Oct. 27, 1891 at his residence one and a half mile east of Tipton Ford and eight miles east of Neosho, Mr. Richard H. Merrell. Mr. Merrell was born in Delaware, March 30, 1815; he was married to Miss Mary McBroom, December 1845. The two old happy people have lived together 45 long years and now have to be separated from each other, but better for him for he has been confined to his bed since February. He was the father to Mrs. Emma Roberson who lives in Carterville. Mr. Merrell was a kind and good neighbor and leaves a host of friends and relatives to mourn their sad loss. The remains were buried at the Spring Valley grave yard Wednesday, 28. Dear father and husband we'll miss thee each lone hour, star of our hearts! No other voice hath power joy to impart. We'll listen for thy feeble step and thy kind sweet tone, but sorrowing silence whispers to me, father we are all alone! And one sweet flower has dropped and faded, one dear father's voice has fled; one fair brow the grave has shaded our father now is dead; but there is joy immortal, poor grandpa is happy now, in the Father's palace portal, where the blessed angels bow.
Oct. 29, 1891
R. H. Merrell
---R. H. Merrell aged 78 years and an old and favorably known citizen of this county died at his home near Tipton Ford last Tuesday morning, from old age and general breaking down. He was buried Wednesday.
submitted by Sharon Hamilton