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| PIONEER RESIDENT OF TARKIO VICINITY DIES
> Morris H. Hall, Former Mayor, Passes Away at Age of 79 Years
> Morris Howe Hall, resident of this section for sixty-four years
> died Friday in St. Francis hospital in Maryville, where he had been
> taken earlier in the day. He was 79 years old.
> Mr. Hall, son of Fleming and Elizabeth (Kiser) Hall was born May
> 14, 1859, at Urbana, Ohio. In early childhood he lost his father in the
> Civil war, and his mother moved with children to Niantic, Ill., where
> they resided until 1874. In that year they pioneered to northwest
> Missouri, making the trip in a covered wagon and settling on land
> southeast of what is now Tarkio.
> On December 25, 1878, Mr. Hall married Drucilla Herring, who
> preceded him in death, having passed away in July 1937. To Mr. and Mrs.
> Hall six children were born: Lura, John, Virgil, Harold, George and
> Elizabeth (Mrs. George H. Kaufman) of Tarkio survive their father; Lura,
> John and George having preceded him in death.
> In addition to his children, Mr. Hall leaves eight grandchildren
> and one great-grandchild.
> Mr. Hall served Tarkio as mayor for two terms. It was under his
> administration that Main street was paved. He was a member the First
> Baptist church of Tarkio; a charter member and one of the organizers of
> the local Masonic lodge 358; and a Knight Templar. He was also member of
> the Moelia Shrine at St. Joseph. He was made an honorary life member
> of the lodge he helped organized on April 24, 1924, after fifty years as
> a Mason.
> For most of his life, Mr. Hall was a farmer, operating large tracts
> of land near Tarkio. For several years he had been in the produce
> business here. As long as his health permitted, he was active in
> affairs of the town and worked for its betterment.
> Funeral services were conducted at the home Sunday afternoon by the
> Rev. Earl F. Johns, pastor of the Baptist church. Pallbearers were
> Virgil Hall, Harold Hall, George H. Kaufman, Flavian Hall, William Hall
> and Willis Grush. Interment was in the Home Cemetery.
Mrs. M.H. Hall died Friday at her home in Tarkio, at the age of 76
|Mrs. Elizabeth Kaufman
> Ex-Publisher, Dies At 68
> Rites Held Monday At Presbyterian Church
> Mrs. Elizabeth H. Kaufman, for 20 years publisher of THE TARKIO
> AVALANCHE, and a leader in music, education and community affairs of the
> town, died last Saturday afternoon at the home of her daughter, Mrs.
> Austin Mutz, in Maryville, Missouri. She had been ill for more than a
> year. Mrs. Kaufman was 69 years old.
> Services were held Monday afternoon at the United Presbyterian Church,
> conducted by the Rev. Robert Stahmer. Burial was in Home Cemetery.
> Mrs. Kaufman was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Morris Howe Hall;
> the Hall family came to Atchison County in the early days, and were
> active in the development of Tarkio. She was graduated from Tarkio High
> School, studied music in Kansas City and attended the University of
> Missouri, Columbia. where she was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta. She
> was an instructor in the Tarkio grade schools for several years.
> On June 20, 1925, she was united in marriage to George Hilbert Kaufman,
> publisher of THE AVALANCHE. Mr.. Kaufman died March 2, 1944, Mrs.
> Kaufman became publisher of the weekly newspaper, and guided its
> policies until 1964, when she sold it to her son-in-law and daughter,
> Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Henry and grandchildren Douglas, Adele, George and
> After retiring from active management of THE AVALANCHE, Mrs. Kaufman
> continued a keen interest in its operation, each week contributing many
> items of local interest. Mrs. Kaufman was an accomplished pianist, and
> continued her interest in musical circles throughout he adult life. She
> was a member of P.E.O., the Missouri Press Association, and the United
> Presbyterian Church.
> Her interest in the civic affairs of Tarkio was manifested in her
> newspaper's sponsorship of worthwhile causes; she gave unfailing support
> to Tarkio College and in recognition of her efforts, Tarkio College in
> 1956 presented her a citation for her community service.
> In addition to the two daughters, Mrs. Kaufman is survived by one
> brother, Virgil Hall of Tarkio; four nieces, Miss Mary Nichols, Mrs.
> Lowell Goodman Simonds and Mrs. Gled Gaylord, all of Kansas City and
> Mrs. Robert Unkefer of East Lansing, Mich.; one nephew, (V.) Morris
> Hall of Tarkio.
|George Hilbert Kaufman
> Vol. 3 Mo and Missourians-Shoemaker 1943
> George Hilbert Kaufman, one of the well known editors and
> publishers in northwest Missouri, is owner of the Tarkio Avalanche, a
> newspaper which for more than a half a century has been the chief medium
> of publicity for Atchison county. The Avalanche was founded in 1883 as
> a weekly paper by C.B.Casler. It had during the fist years a succession
> of owner and publishers, and later was acquired by John Frazier who
> published it for fifteen years. It was then as since a Republican paper
> in political policy. In 1921 Mr. Kaufman, together with L.H.Sommers,
> acquired the Avalanche from John Frazier. Four years later Mr. Kaufman
> bought out Mr. Sommer's interest, and has been the responsible editor
> and publisher of the paper since 1925.
> Mr. Kaufman was born at Kiowa, Kansas, December 1, 1897. He
> attended grammar and high school there and while learning the trade of
> printer and getting his apprenticeship in the newspaper profession he
> continued his education in St. Benedict College at Atchison Kansas and
> later attended Kemper Military Academy at Booneville, Missouri. Mr.
> Kaufman is a son of Hilbert and Alice (Strong) Kaufman and the only
> member of the family to engage in newspaper work. In June, 1918 he
> enlisted for service in the United states Marine Corps and was stationed
> at Parris Island in South Carolina at at Quantico Barracks in Virginia
> and then was overseas in France a year, getting his discharge August 13,
> 1919. Since the war he has been a member of the American Legion.
> He is a member of the Missouri Press Association, and personally
> and through his newspaper has exercised an important influence on the
> civic life of Tarkio, being a member of the Chamber of Commerce, the
> Rotary Club and Northwestern Lodge No. 358, A.F.&A.M. He publishes the
> Avalanche as a strictly home newspaper and its circulation of 1250
> copies is well distributed throughout Atchison County and even in
> surrounding counties. He also has a well equipped printing plant for
> job and commercial work.
> In 1925 he married Elizabeth Hall who was born at Tarkio, daughter
> of Morris H. and Drucilla (Herring) Hall. Her father came to Tarkio
> after the Civil War and was an extensive land owner and also for may
> years associated with his brother, Walker Hall, in the business life of
> Tarkio. For two terms he was mayor of that city. Mrs. Kaufman
> completed her education at the University of Missouri. she is a member
> of the kappa Alpha Theta sorority and for a number of years has had
> charge of the society columns in the Avalanche. They have two
> daughters: Alice, born June 6, 1926; and Annette, born August 5, 1930.
> The Tarkio Avalanche
> Friday , March 3, 1944
> HEART ATTACK TAKES LIFE OF G.H.KAUFMAN
> DEATH OCCURS THURSDAY
> AVALANCHE PUBLISHER ILL ONLY
> ONE AND ONE-HALF HOURS AFTER
> BEING STRICKEN
> George H. Kaufman, editor and publisher of the Tarkio Avalanche,
> died at his home in this city at about 3:30 o'clock Thursday afternoon,
> following heart attack which he had suffered about an hour and a half
> earlier in the afternoon.
> Mr. Kaufman had been busy earlier in the day gathering material for
> this week's issue of his paper, and apparently felt as well as usual.
> In the early afternoon he and Don Harvey had gone to the S.J.Peterson
> farm, southeast of Tarkio, to look over improvements being made there,
> including some levee work that is being done by a large dragline. He
> had his camera with him and was invited to climb on the boom of the big
> machine to get in better position for some snapshots. While on the
> machine he became ill and climbed from the machine , got into his car
> with Mr. Harvey and came to the Avalanche office. Soon after reaching
> the office he suffered a second attack but rallied and appeared
> improved, only to have a sing spell later. A physician then was called
> and Mr. Kaufman taken to his home. The physician was in the country
> but reached the Kaufman home as early as possible. However, he found
> the illness of such a nature that nothing could be done. He pronounced
> the cause of death coronary thrombosis.
> George H. Kaufman was a native of Kansas and was born at Kiowa,
> December !, 1897. He attended grammar and high school in his native
> town and took up the printer's in life. After finishing high school he
> continued his education at St. Benedict College at Atchison, Kansas.
> later attending Kemper Military school at Booneville. In the first
> World War, he enlisted in the Marines in June, 1918 was stationed at
> Parris Island, S.C. and Quantico Barracks, VA, before going to France
> where served a year. He was honorably discharged from service August
> 13, 1919.
> In 1921 he and his brother-in-law, L.H. Sommer, came to Tarkio and
> bought The Avalanche from John Frazier. four years later Mr. Kaufman
> bought the interest of Mr. Sommer and has since operated the paper.
> Surviving are the widow the two daughters and two sister, Mrs. J.J.
> Mc Dermott of Wichita, KA and Mrs. L.H. Sommer of Santa Monica, Calif.
> He was a member of the Missouri Press Association, American Legion,
> Tarkio Chamber of Commerce and the Northwestern Lodge No. 358, A.F. &
> At the time The Avalanche goes to press no definite arrangements
> have been made for the funeral.