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Saturday, October 2, 2010

Sympathy Saturday - Alexander Maitland

My great-great grandfather, born in Toronto, died in Missouri. Someone in the family collected all these bits and pieces of obituaries and then didn't attribute them. Fortunately, I've been able to source some of them.

Kansas City (Missouri) Star, Wednesday, April 23, 1924.

Alexander Maitland, Sr.,Dies.
Death of Missouri Pioneer, 84, Caused by Heart Disease.

    Alexander Maitland, Sr., 84 years old, a retired farmer and pioneer of Missouri, died last night at the home of his daughter, Mrs. J. H. Percival, 704 East Forty-first street.

     Mr. Maitland was the father of Alexander Maitland, 3801 Tracy avenue, chairman of the former bipartisan water commission and member of the firm of Fuller & Maitland, engineers.

     Mr. Maitland died from heart disease at 9:45 o'clock following an illness of several days.  Mr. Maitland was born in Toronto Canada, April 13, 1839.  He came to Missouri with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Maitland when he was 13 years old.  The family settled near Lexington, where the elder Maitland engaged in the milling business.

     Under the administration of Governor David R. Francis, Mr. Maitland was appointed a member of the state board of agriculture. He served sixteen years in this position and became widely known in the state.

     Mr. Maitland's wife, Mrs. Mary Oliphant Maitland, whom he married March 4, 1865, died on the Maitland farm near Richmond in May, 1922. After her death, Mr. Maitland came to Kansas City.

     Besides Mrs. Percival and Alexander Maitland, Jr., Mr. Maitland is survived by a sister, Mrs. W. J. McDonald, Fowler, Col., another son, George F. Maitland, 1735 Houston avenue, and five other daughters, Mrs. M. M. Watkins, Caldwell, Tex.; Mrs. H. A. Booth, Pacific, Mo.; Mrs. D. B. McCammon, Dallas, Tex.; Mrs. J. W. Shackelford, 820 East Forty-first street, and Mrs. W. R. Ballinger, 2928 Forest Avenue. He also leaves twenty-two grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

     Funeral services and burial will be held tomorrow at Richmond.

Copyright 2010, ACK for Gene Notes

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