Daisy Gregg Cavanaugh, circa 1910. The photograph belonged to Aretha Talley and was contributed by her granddaughter, Shari Ware.

From the 3rd floor
of the Webb City Public Library

Old News

Rosebank School: 1876-1960

Webb City Area Genealogical Society

July 10, 2024

A contributor to our Jasper County area school page recently sent us several of her grandmother’s photographs from Rosebank School, located in northwest Jasper County.

Aretha “Retha” Talley was born in 1900 at North Fork in Barton County, Missouri. She moved to Duval Township in Jasper County around 1905. Retha attended Rosebank School, and among her things were two photographs of her teacher, Daisy Gregg Cavanaugh.

Miss Gregg was born on Dec. 27, 1882, (some sources say 1884) in Cedar County, Missouri. Daisy became a teacher and was teaching at Rosebank School in 1905. She married Hugh Cavanaugh on Dec. 10, 1906, in Barton County. On the marriage license, both people were listed as living in Jasper City.

They had one son, Spencer Cavanaugh, who was born in 1914.

By 1920, Daisy and Hugh had moved to Cassville, where she continued to teach, working at the Carter School located there. They divorced in 1927 and Daisy later married Albert Farwell on April 18, 1931, in Idaho.

Daisy Ree Gregg Cavanaugh Farwell was a schoolteacher for 42 years, holding life certificates in Missouri and Idaho. A newspaper account from The Jasper County News, Dec. 30, 1948, reported that Mrs. Daisy Farwell of Hutchinson, Kan., has visited with Mrs. Mark Cones. The article noted that she taught at Diamond and Rocky Mound schools 46 years ago and was the former Daisy Gregg, who had lived with Mrs. Anna V. Rex.

Daisy died on Oct. 17, 1952, in Pocatello, Idaho. She is buried at Mountain View Cemetery in Pocatello.

Eighth grade graduates of Rosebank School. The teacher, Daisy Gregg, is second from the left. Circa 1905

Rosebank School, in 1999, was located six miles north of Alba in Duval Township.  It opened in 1876 and was closed in 1960.

Rosebank School in 2010. Margie Bull photos

Webb City Area Genealogical Society

WCAGS members staff the Genealogy Room on the third floor of the Webb City Public Library. Current hours are noon to 4 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. Meetings are held at 6 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month in the Genealogy Room.

Everything you want to know about Jasper County Missouri Schools is available at a site compiled by Webb City Area Genealogical Society member Kathy Sidenstricker.