Name: Myron Metcalf "My" PEASE
Birth: 15 JAN 1855 in NH
Death: 7 OCT 1940 in West Plains, MO
Burial: Sweeton Pond Cem in Dora, Mo.
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Change Date: 27 AUG 2015
Myron was my gg-grandfather.
For pictures see:
I'm sure that he did not know before he died that he was related to the President of the US. FDR was his 5th cousin, 3x removed.
"My" PEASE was born in 1855 in New Hampshire (or Minnesota).
He spent about 4 years right after his birth in Minnesota.
In 1865 he was 10 years old and moved with his family to Rolla, Mo. where his parents ran a hotel during the Civil War. Myron had the job of shining boots in the hotel. The traveling men in those days wore fancy high-topped boots and paid Myron in "shin plasters" (which, as told by his son Norton, was something like our sales tax and was used because money was scarce then).
In 1868 the family moved to Douglas Co., Mo. where Myron grew up helping his father and brothers run the family mill.
In 1875 Myron married "Winnie" Johnson. He married just 4 years before his father died, so none of his 17 children knew their Pease grandfather, but they knew their grandmother well.
Winnie was about 14 when she married Myron Pease in 1875. There is no record of it in the Laclede County Marriage Book. Eva thinks she remembers her mother Myrtle saying that her parents were married around Birch Tree, Shannon County, Mo, but I've haven't been able to find any Johnsons in that area who could be them.
I think Winnie?s family lived in the Drynob area of Laclede Co, MO. There was a mill at Drynob (see picture in ?History of Laclede County?, 1979 by Beard, p. 85). This makes me wonder if maybe Myron didn?t come to that mill around 1875 since his family was involved in the milling business.
Myron & Winnie lived in Old Horton, Mo. near West Plains (Howell Co.) where he had a saw mill and she ran a boarding house. The railroad built a spur to his lumber mill at Old Horton because he had such a large volume of business. All of their 7 children were born there.
1880 census, Douglas Co, Mo, Clinton twp, June 4:
Mirom Pease - 25 (b 1855 Mo), farming, par b Vt & NH
Winney B. Pease - 20 (b1860 Mo), par b Ky & Tn, race: white
Walter A. PEASE - 1 (b 1879 Mo), son
Winnie died in 1889, probably as the result of an epidemic there, and sometime between the deaths of her infant twins Norma & Nola who died in Jan. & April, 1889. Winnie was buried in an unmarked grave in the Old Horton cemetery near the location of their mill. (The cemetery is still there and a stone has since been erected in the probable location of her grave.)
Nov. 11, 1889, Myron married 2nd to Eva Lina (maybe Evangelina) White. Eva had worked as a hired girl for Winnie & Myron. She was 20 when they married.
Sometime after 1889 they moved to Bethany, Mo. where they had a farm in 1899.
They had 10 children and she died May 7, 1923 and was buried in the Sweeten Cemetery in Dora, Mo.
Myron and his brothers, Clint & George, owned several mills in the surrounding counties. They owned:
the Pease Flour Mill in Dora (Ozark county),
a grainery in Willow Springs (Howell Co.),
the Pease Lumber Company in Siloam Springs, Mo.
a retail lumber yard in West Plains,
and a flour mill "Pease-Moore Mill" in West Plains (w/ Clarence and Alando),
and other mills in Missouri and Arkansas.
Myron also had a mill in Pineville, Ark. and at Pine Ridge, Mo. (on highway 14 between Bethany & West Plains).
He spent most of his life fighting what he thought was the "poor man's battle." He was always a third-party politician, well-informed on politics and economics. He ran for representative from two different counties but was never elected because the third party always lacked wide enough support. When he was young he belonged to the Methodist church, but by the time he was grown he had dropped out of church because he felt it conflicted with his own philosophy of life and the hereafter. He eventually became a spiritualist, studying it seriously, and was convinced he would fare better in the next life.
In 1896 he moved back to the family farm at Dora.
on a webpage for Howell Co, Mo. places:
?Pease Mill - A large saw and planing mill 1/2 mile south of Siloam Springs, operated for a few years during the 1890?s and 1900?s by two brothers, Myron and Orlando Pease, who were also land owners.?
1900 Missouri census, Douglas Co, Brush Creek twp, June 4, p. 179
Pease, Myron - 45, b June 1855 Vt
. . . . Evie (wife) - 31, b May 1869 Oh
(on the next page is the rest of the family)
Pease, Walter (son) - 21, b Aug 1878 Mo, par b Vt/Ia
. . . . Russell (son) - 13, b Feb 1887, Mo, par b Vt/Ia
. . . . Norton (son) - 10, b June 1889 Mo, par b Vt/Oh
. . . . Susie (daug) - 6, b Dec 1893 Mo, par b Vt/Oh
. . . . Tula (daug) - 1, b July 1898 Mo, par b Vt/Oh
Alexander, American (servant) - 19, b May 1881 Mo
on the first page with Myron is his daughter, Myrtle
Lindesmith, John - 22, b Apr 1878, IL, par b IL/IL
. . . . . . Myrtle - 19, b Mar 1881 Mo, par b Vt/Ia
The 1880 census says that Winnie was born in Missouri, but all 3 of her children on this census say she was born in Iowa. I can?t find Winnie or her parents on the 1860 census of Iowa, but I do find her parents in far north of Missouri near the Iowa border.
Myron & Winnie lived in Old Horton, Mo. near West Plains (Howell Co.) where he had a saw mill and she ran a boarding house. The railroad built a spur to his lumber mill at Old Horton because he had such a large volume of business. All of their 7 children were born there. Winnie died in 1889, probably as the result of an epidemic there, sometime between the deaths of her infant twins Norma & Nola who died in Jan. & April, 1889. Winnie was buried in a now unmarked grave in the Old Horton cemetery near the location of their mill.
Douglas County (MO) Herald, Feb 20, 1890 -
* Harrison Souder has purchased the saw mill formerly owned by Miles M. Pease and will locate it in the northwest corner of Jackson Township.
* Silver ore has been discovered in paying quantities in the hills six miles south of Buckhart. The first discoveries were made on the farm of Mira Pease on south line of Douglas county, and since the precious metal has been discovered on several adjoining farms. The narrow gauge timber road is being extended across the east end of the county to the Ozark county line, and will come in good use to haul the ore to market.
[Not sure if this last item refers to Myron, but Richville was 5.8 mi SE of Buckhart]
1910 MO census: Douglas Co, Brush Creek twp, p. 226 (April 26):
Pease, Myron M. (head) - 55, b NH (par b VT/NH)
Pease, Eva (wife) - 40, b OH
Pease, Byron M. (son) - 18, b MO
Pease, Susan (daug) - 16, b MO
Pease, Minnie (daug) - 14, b MO
Pease, Hershel (son) - 8, b MO
Pease, Opal (daug) - 4, b MO
Pease, Eula M. (daug) - 1-11/12 mos, b MO
Pease, Norton (son) - 20, b MO
Pease, Isabella (daug-in-law) - 20, b MO
1920 MO census: Douglas Co, Richland, Brush Creek twp, p 53
Pease, Myron M. (head) - 64, b NH
Pease, Evalinah (wife) - 50, b OH
Pease, Herschell M. (son) - 18, b MO
Pease, Opal F. (daug) - 13, b MO
Pease, Eula M. (daug) - 11, b MO
Pease, Nina A. (daug) - 9, b MO
Pease, Joe N. (son) - 6, b MO
1930, Douglas Co, Mo, Brushy Creek
Pease, Myron M. - 75 NH, widowed, farmer
. . . . Nina A. - 169Mo
. . . . Joe N. - 19 M0
1940, Texas Co, Mo
Bay, Tymon (head) - 28 Mo
. . . Nina (wife) - 29 Mo
. . . Wallin N. (son) - 7 Mo
. . . Roland D. (son) - 5 Mo
. . . Janice M (daug) - 3 Mo
. . . Vernon D (son) - 1 Mo
Pease, Myron M. (f-in-law) - 85 NH
Gallinger, Loree (maid) - 19 MO
His bio from ?a reminiscent History of the Ozark Region,? p. 312-2 (written about 1895)
?M.M. Pease. This resident and prominent citizen of West Plains, Mo., came originally from the Granite State, his birth occurring January 15, 1855. At an early age he came with his father to Missouri, and in this State he has since made his home.
In the year 1877 he started out in business for himself and engaged in saw milling in Douglas County. This business he has followed for the most part ever since. He is also doing business at Dora, Ozark County, where he is a member of the Pease Milling Company. The members of the firm are: E.E., M.M. and A.M. Pease. The mill is operated by steam and has a capacity of forty barrels per day. Three hands are employed. Our subject and his brother A.M. are also members of the concern known as the Pease Lumber Company, located four miles west of Salome (sic) Springs, in Ozark County. They manufacture lumber and the mill has a capacity of 15,000 feet per day. Our subject has made a success in a business way and is possessed of an unlimited amount of energy, perseverance, and industry.
Mr. Pease is a member of the A.O.U.W., and is with the Populist party. Since 1876 until recently he has been a Greenbacker, and he has ever been active in political matters and a leader in his vicinity. He has been a delegate to the State conventions, is chairman of the Congressional District, and is a prominent man in the party.
Mr. Pease first married Miss Winnie Johnson, of Laclede County, and daughter of John A. Johnson. Seven children were born to this union, but only three are now living: Walter A., Myrtie (sic) M., and Oliver R. The others died young. After the death of his first wife, Mr. Pease married Miss Eva White, a native of Ohio, and the daughter of W.S. White, of Douglas County. Three children have been given them: Norton, Byron and Susan M.
In a business way he has made a complete success, and seems to prosper in whatever enterprise he attempts. He is public-spirited and takes an interst in all worthy movements.?
His obituary from the West Plains (Mo) Quill:
End Comes to M.M. Pease, Pioneer Miller of Ozarks
Myron Pease, Engaged in Milling in Howell, Ozark and Douglas Counties for Many Years
Myron Metcalf Pease, 85, pioneer miller of Howell, Ozark and Douglas counties, died shortly before noon yesterday morning at the home of a son, Herschel Pease of 123 West Cleveland Avenue in West Plains, death following a long illness from the complication of senile diseases.
In his earlier life Mr. Pease lived in West Plains for a number of years, but had spent most of his latter years on a farm near Dora, in Ozark county, returning to West Plains two years ago to make his home with a daughter, Mrs. Timon Bay of Locust Street. He had been a confirmed invalid for some time, and only recently was moved to the son?s home, where he died.
Surviving him are three children by his first marriage, Walter A. Pease of Springfield; Mrs. Myrtle Lindesmith, of Ft. Collins, Colo., and Russell Pease of Harrison, Ark; and nine children by a second marriage. They are Norton Pease, of Dora, Mo; Byron Pease, of Pacific Beach, Calif; Mrs. Susie Decker, of Cottage Grove, Ore; Mrs. Minnie Dickinson, of Buckhart Mo; Mrs. Opal Dickinson, of Ava, Mo; Mrs. Eula Kane of Carmel, Calif; Herschel and Joe Pease and Mrs. Timon Bay of West Plains.
All of the sons and daughters, excepting the ones in the west, are here. Byron Pease of California, and other members of the family have visited Mr. Pease recently, and will not return for the funeral.
Mr. Pease's first wife, who died a few years after their marriage was formerly Miss Winnie Johnson. His second wife, who died 17 years ago was the former Eva Lina White.
--- Member Family of Millers ---
Mr. Pease, who was born Jan. 15, 1855 in New Hampshire, came from a family of millers. His father, the late Miles Pease, migrated to the southern Missouri Ozarks in 1863 after a long trek from the east into Minnesota and on down into Missouri covering a long period of years.
Myron, or "My" Pease as he was known to many of his (family? and? friends?), engaged in the sawmill and ????? business with his father in Douglas and Ozark counties and later with two brothers, the late? . . . . . . . . . . . . He and the same two brothers also operated the Enterprise Roller Mill in West Plains for several years.
There were five brothers and three sisters in Mr. Pease's family, and of the eight only one sister survives. She is Minerva King, who lives in Texas, and who is advanced in years.
--- Funeral Tomorrow ---
Funeral services for Mr. Pease will be held tomorrow afternoon at the Sweeten cemetery near Dora in Ozark county, and will be in charge of members of the Masonic lodge at Dora, of which he was a member. Burial will be in the Sweeten cemetery.
Arrangements for the funeral and burial are in charge of Mr. and Mrs. Hal Thornburgh of the Thornburgh Funeral Home."
Myron was the 7th cousin of Emily Dickinson, poet, through their common ancestor, Jonathan Fairbanks, Sr.
When he died in 1940, he was living with his son Jack in West Plains. He was buried beside Eva in Sweeten Cemetery in Dora, Mo. Five of his children were also buried at this cemetery: Joe, Tula, Nina, Jack, & Norton.
Poem written for him by his daughter, Susie Decker:
He lived a useful life
Good deeds along the way.
He worked for those he loved
As only a father may.
His useful life is over
His soul bowed down in sleep.
What a blessing (it would ?) be to soar
To that bright Spirit Home.
He wished to go, he was glad to go
Feeling that loved ones gone on before
Would all be there with open arms
To welcome him on the shore.
He was sincere in his beliefs
And either right or wrong
We know he who was so good and kind
Will find a better home.
Online listings of Sweeton Pond Cemetery
*Find A Grave Memorial# 41345425
Father: Miles PEASE b: 8 JUL 1823 in Hartford, Windsor Co, Vermont
Mother: Susan Maria METCALF b: 2 JAN 1823 in Grafton, Croydon Twp, Sullivan Co, NH
Winifred Grace Beatrice "Winnie" JOHNSON b: 8 JAN 1861 in LaClede Co, MO (Or Iowa)
8 MAR 1875
in Maybe Birch Tree, Mo
- Walter Albert PEASE b: 11 AUG 1878 in Old Horton, Howell Co, MO
- Myrtle Nora PEASE b: 4 MAR 1881 in Old Horton, Howell/Douglas Co. line, MO
- Claude PEASE b: 16 DEC 1882 in Old Horton, Howell Co, MO
- Clyde PEASE b: 28 FEB 1885 in Old Horton, Howell Co, MO
- Russell Oliver PEASE b: 16 FEB 1887 in Burnham Mill (Old Horton), Howell Co, MO
- Nola PEASE b: 26 DEC 1888 in Old Horton, Howell/Douglas Co line, Missouri
- Norma PEASE b: 25 DEC 1888 in Old Horton, Howell/Douglas Co line, MO
Eva Lina WHITE b: 2 MAY 1869 in Nevada, Wyandot Co, Ohio
11 NOV 1889
in Douglas Co, Mo
- Norton White PEASE b: 4 JUN 1890 in West Plains, Howell Co, Mo
- Byron Metcalf PEASE b: 24 DEC 1891 in Missouri
- Susan Mariah PEASE b: 29 DEC 1893 in West Plains, Howell Co, Mo
- Minnie Mabel PEASE b: 24 MAR 1896 in Richville, Mo
- Tula PEASE b: 17 JUL 1898 in Richville, Mo
- Herschel Myron "Jack" PEASE b: 17 AUG 1901 in Richville, Douglas Co, Mo
- Opal Faye PEASE b: 1 APR 1906 in Richville, Douglas Co, Mo
- Eula Maye PEASE b: 20 MAY 1908 in Dora, MO
- Nina Anna PEASE b: 20 NOV 1910 in Richville (near Dora), Douglas Co, MO
- Joe Neill PEASE b: 20 MAR 1913 in Richville (near Dora) Douglas Co., MO