Florence Glenn, Ella Walker and Ada Glenn, circa 1900.

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Webb City Area Genealogical Society

Webb City Area Genealogical Society members recently found two photographs that sparked their curiosity – and led to some successful genealogical research.

It was apparent the images were made by Webb City photographers. But the names written on the back of each photo were faint. 

By taking the parts of each name that they could read and using the 1900 and 1910 Webb City census, they found that the images were of cousins, Florence Glenn, Ada Glenn and Ella Walker.  

In 1900, Florence Glenn is listed as living with her uncle, John Pattison Walker, and aunt, Mary Ann (Glenn) Walker. Their daughter, Ella Walker was also living at the home at 301 S. Roane St. Florence, age 23, and Ella, age 42, are listed as school teachers.

John Walker’s occupation is listed as transfer wagon (freight hauler). The 1909 Webb City Directory confirms the address and the occupation of Florence and Ella. We found in the Webb City Register that Florence taught at Franklin and Eugene Field schools. In 1905, her monthly salary at Eugene Field was $40, which is equivalent to about $1,250 today.

We found Mary and John Walker listed on Find A Grave as buried in Mount Hope Cemetery. Their Missouri death certificates are also available online. The State of Missouri has death certificates online from 1910 to 1970. You may look for records at: https://s1.sos.mo.gov/Records/Archives/ArchivesMvc/ 

Mary and John passed away in 1914 and 1915, respectively. It is noted on John’s tombstone that he served as a captain in Company E, 33rd Iowa Infantry.

According to the 1930 Colorado census, Florence and Mary were then living in Denver. Ella died in 1939 and Florence in 1964. They are both buried at Crown Hill Cemetery, Jefferson County, Colo.

If you are interested in researching your family history, please contact us at the Webb City Area Genealogy Society. 

You can email us at webbcitygen@gmail.com or call us at (417) 673-0398. Or call us at (417) 673-0398. Our hours are Mon-Fri, 12:00 to 4:00, Sat 10:00 to 2:00.  We are located on the third floor of the Webb City Public Library.

Membership reminder

The WCAGS wishes to remind members that your yearly membership dues can be dropped by or mailed to the society at:


101 S Liberty St

Webb City MO 64870

Florence Glenn and Ella Walker, circa 1910 above.


Their headstone in Mt. Hope Cemetery.


Sentinel bound volumes are now in the Genealogy Room

The WCAGS has accepted ownership of the complete collection of bound volumes of the Webb City Sentinel, from 1983 (after the fire) until the final issue on Dec. 30, 2020.

Those issues can also be viewed on microfilm, along with much older issues.

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 second Tuesday of each month in the Geadalogy 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.