The picture above is of the house of Silas W. and Elizabeth E.
(Bruner) Wharton on their farm located about two and a half miles west of
Carthage, Missouri, in Jasper Co. In the photo Elizabeth Wharton, is standing on
the left and her daughter Mary Alice (Wharton) McColloch, is
kneeling on the right. To the far right there is a dog laying on
the ground but I am unable to identify him as he has his back to
I don't know how many acres of land the farm consisted of. In the
1910 census it is called a grain farm. In
1910 only Silas and Elizabeth along with a hired hand lived on the
farm. At some time between 1910 and 1913, Mary Alice and her
husband James McHenry McColloch had moved to the farm. Their
children were grown with homes of their own and the Whartons were
elderly. Silas Wharton died October 29, 1913.
All information points to the fact that Mary Alice and James where
living on the farm when James died in 1919. Mary Alice and her
mother Elizabeth Wharton lived on the farm a few more years and
then bought a home in town at Webb City, Missouri. After living in
Webb City a few years, they then moved to a home in Picher, Oklahoma,
which was next door to Mary Alice's daughter Daphne Dale
(McColloch) Davis and her family. The "Two Grandmas" lived there until their
Mary Alice died in November, of 1936, at the age of 77 and
Elizabeth Wharton died August 7, 1937 at the age of 95.
Above picture is copy of original photo in my posession.
By: Liz (Frankel) Gunderson