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Re: Gladys Kuhnel-Sarvis Pt. Missouri
Posted by: Michael Ridlen (ID *****2659) Date: June 23, 2008 at 15:08:50
In Reply to: Gladys Kuhnel-Sarvis Pt. Missouri by John Weldon of 8

Very interesting! Your post was from about six years ago, but I just ran across it today. It caught my eye because I lived in a large farmhouse where 3 roads came together at Sarvis Point. That was from about June 1960 to June of 1963 and I was around 12 years old. There was an old stone foundation in our yard which was possibly the remains of Hiram Jennings store there. I found a blackened buffalo nickel that was the most unworn buffalo nickel I have ever seen. I imagined that someone had dropped it between some cracks in the floor boards and it was blackened at whatever time the old building eventually burned. It may have belonged to John Weldon's mother, Gladys Kuhnel, when she lived there with her mother,Laura, and her grandfather Hiram Jennings.
If anyone has information about Sarvis Point and what it was like in the old days as a post office, I would be very interested in hearing about it. I can relate some things about the remains of Sarvis Point that I recall from the early sixties such as the large millstone in the field by the large spring or the old blacksmith forge that was still in working order with it's hand operated bellows. I am curious as to where Sarvis Point Cemetery is as I never noticed any grave stones when I lived there, but saw a reference to it on the internet.
Out of curiosity today I looked up Hiram, Rachel, Ellis, and Laura Jennings in the 1880 US census; Hiram, Rachel, Laura, and John in the 1900 census; Hiram, Rachel,Emmett Jennings,Laura,and Gladis Kuhnel, and a hired man named Thomas Woodruff in the 1910 census. I noticed a flour miller named James Townlian with his wife Josephine and son George etc. listed right after the Jennings/Kuhnel family and wondered if they ran the mill there at Sarvis Point. The 1920 federal census lists Hiram, Laura and Gladys as living together in Springfield. By 1930, Laura lived by herself in Springfield and Gladys Kuhnel had become Mrs. Roy M. Weldon with 9 year old Vernon and 12 year old Clyde. They lived in Columbia, Missouri. None of this is probably new to you, but I mention it just in case misspellings in the census index had prevented you from finding it. If you should want more details from the census record or can tell me about Sarvis Point, just email me.


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