A History of the John Cears/Kear family
Burl BAUER, son of
Martha Estella CORNELL and William BAUER, was born in Adair Co.,
Missouri, on 18 December 1900 and died on 13 October 1989 in
Kirksville, Adair County, Missouri. He married Goldie Marie
PEVEHOUSE, daughter of Francis Albert PEVEHOUSE and Mary Frances
DUNHAM, on 26 March 1921. She was born on 8 March 1903 in
Adair Co., Missouri , and died on 14 February 1981 in Kirksville, Adair
After the death of his father, Ernest with his mother and his brother, moved to another property in Adair County near Brashear, Missouri. This property belonged to his grandfather, Sebastian Heck CORNELL. By 1905 Ernest was living with his uncle, John W. CORNELL and wife, Gertrude. They attended the Hazel Green Church of God (Holiness), and the Hazel Green school. "Aunt Gertie," who seemed like a mother to Ernest, died in January 1919, but he continued to live with his uncle [note 1].
Ernest and Goldie drove to
Kirksville, Missouri, in Uncle John CORNELL's model
T Ford to be
marriage took place at the home of here sister,
Mrs. Nora ROBERTS, at
1217 East Harrison Street. The ceremony
was performed by the
Joseph L. Beatty, with Goldies's
sister and brother-in-law, Amos ROBERTS, as attendants.
Photo at left:
Left to right: James & Nellie BELL with Ernest & Goldie BAUER on the Bauer's Wedding day, 26 March 1921
In the first year of their
marriage they lived with Uncle John CORNELL. In early 1922
about a quarter
of a mile west to the property where Ernest had lived as a child -- the
home of Sebastian Heck CORNELL. In August 1922 they purchased
property at 1006 East Randolph
in Kirksville, Missouri, where they continued to live.
Ernest was first employed at the International Shoe Company in Kirksville, Missouri. When the company was closed for brief periods, he worked for the Thompson Floral Company, and the Sneed Electric Company. In September 1943, he left the shoe company to work as a custodian at the Missouri State Teachers College, and in 1949 became the postmaster for the college. He retired in December 1972.
He remained active in the Hazel Green Church of God (Holiness), being its Superintendent from 1930 until 1972.
Goldie was born in a rural area north of Brashear, Missouri, about a mile east of the John CORNELL property. She was the eighth of ten children. She attended school in the Elliot school district, and attended the Sabbath Home Methodist Church [note 2].
1. 1920, U. S. Census, Clay Township, Adair County, Missouri, Roll: T625_902, Page: 3B, ed 10, Image:0214. [Return to text]
2. The narrative was received in a letter from Betty McClanahan to Donald L. Kear, 7 September 1981, revised July 1982. [Return to text]
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