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April 14, 1909, Carthage Democrat:


W. N. Wharton died last night in Jefferson City, where he was serving as a clerk in the senate from Jasper county. Death resulted from pneumonia. The remains were brought to Carthage for internment.

Mr. Wharton was many year ago high school principal here, and was later elected county school superintendent. He is a brother of Mrs. J. M. McColloch of West Joplin street, this city and is related by marriage to H. C. Humphreys.

The funeral will be from the Wharton residence on Olive street in Carthage tomorrow at 10 a.m.

April 15, 1909, Carthage Democrat:


Schools Will Close this Forenoon in Honor of The Dead Educator


The funeral services for W. N. Wharton, who died in Jefferson City at 5 o'clock Tuesday afternoon will be held at 10 o'clock this morning at the Wharton residence on West Olive street. The Knights of Pythias lodge will have charge of the services and Rev. Henry W. Hargett, pastor of the First Methodist church, will deliver the funeral sermon.

The honorary pall-bearers will be: Judge Howard Gray, R. A. Mooneyham, A. L. McCawley, G. W. Asendorf, F. S. Webster and D. E. Barnes of Kansas City. The following will be active pall bearers: W. H. Shepherd, R. C. Grissom, E. R. Lanpher, H. M. Boggess, O. E. Proctor and Willis Wallingford. Internment will be made at Park cemetery.

School Dismissed

In order that the teachers of the Carthage schools may attend the funeral of Mr. Wharton, the board of education yesterday instructed Prof. White to dismiss school in all of the buildings this forenoon from 9:45 until noon. The teachers will nearly all attend the services and they will send some beautiful floral offerings. Mr. Wharton was known personally to every teacher in the city, having been a teacher in the county for many years, principal of the Washington school in Carthage and county school superintendent three terms. He stood high as an educator and was very popular with the teachers throughout the county.

The Jasper county bar, recognizing in Mr. Wharton a valued member of their association, held a meeting in Joplin Wednesday and the president, Thomas Dolan of Joplin, appointed a committee to draft suitable resolutions in memory of their departed member. A large number of attorneys will attend the funeral, many of them coming from other cities.

Besides the Knights of Pythias, the Woodmen and U. C. T. lodges will be represented at the funeral.

April 18, 1909, Carthage Democrat:


Impressive Funeral Services for the Late W. N. Wharton


Funeral services for the late W. N. Wharton were held at the family residence on West Olive street at 10 o'clock Thursday morning. Hundreds of the former friends of deceased came to pay their last tribute of respect; teachers, lawyers and citizens from every walk in life were in the vast audience, few of whom could gain an entrance into the house where the services were conducted.

Rev. H. W. Hargett, pastor of the First Methodist church, of which he was a member, delivered a touching and tender tribute to the memory of the brother and friend who had crossed the dark river. A quartette composed of Mesdames John H. Bailey and John McMillan and Messrs L. S. Durham and W. L. Braerton sang a number of beautiful selections. The K of P lodge, of which deceased was a prominent member had charge of the services and members of that order attended in a body, as did also the members of the M. W. A.

A large number of exceptionally beautiful floral offerings came from friends in this city and others were sent from other cities. Handsome set pieces were sent by the Missouri Senate; by the Jasper County Bar association, the United Commercial Travelers, the Olive Street Whist club, the K of P and Woodman lodges and the Carthage Teachers' association.

The funeral cortege that followed the remains to the grave was one of the longest ever seen in Carthage. The senate committee which accompanied the body to this city, followed the remains to their last resting place in Park cemetery; the K of P lodge marched to the cemetery in a body and scores of citizens in carriages made up the procession.

Note: William N. Wharton was the son of Silas W. and Elizabeth Ellen (Bruner) Wharton.  He was only 47 years old at the time of his death. His wife Milcena and a 10 year old daughter Helen B. Wharton survived him. It would appear from the news clippings that he was a well respected man of the community with a bright future.

News clippings above are photocopies of originals in my posession.

By: Liz (Frankel) Gunderson

William N. Wharton in tree . . .

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