HANDSHY, WILLIAM O - Benton County, Arkansas | WILLIAM O HANDSHY - Arkansas Gravestone Photos

William O HANDSHY

Dow (Beaty) Cemetery
Benton County,
Arkansas

January 1, 1843 - January 27, 1921
Aged 78 Yrs 26 Ds

*Obituary
Gravette News-Herald
Friday, February 4, 1921

HANDSHY, Wm. 0. - Wm. 0. Handshy, who for forty years has resided on his farm west of Gravette, died Thursday, Jan. 27, 1921, aged 78 years and 25 days. Mr. Handshy was born at Charleston, W. Va. in 1843. In 1873 he was married to Miss Sarah E. Dawson, who with two daughters, survives. The daughters are Miss Felicia Handshy and Mrs. Olga Waters. A half brother, Philo Handshy, of near Noel, Mo. also survives and was present at the funeral. Mr. Handshy had been a member of the South Methodist church for 60 years. The funeral was conducted by Revs. Bamberry and W.A. Patton and interment took place in Dow cemetery Friday afternoon. Sympathy is extended the bereaved family.

*Obituary
Gravette News-Herald
Friday, February 11, 1921

W.O. Handshy, born at Charleston, W. Va. Jan. 1, 1843, moved in 1847 to northern Ohio with his parents and to Des Moines, Ia. in 1855 where he grew to manhood and began teaching in public schools, a profession he followed more than 20 years. Later he went west and spent several years in Colorado and other states, arriving in Texas soon after the civil war. He engaged in the mercantile business, hauling his supplies in ox wagons from Austin, a distance of over 100 miles. In 1870 he was elected circuit clerk in San Saba county and re-elected in 1872 and after that was county clerk, serving faithfully. In 1880 he came to Arkansas and purchased the home near Gravette where he resided until his death. The deceased was a man of more than ordinary ability; he possessed a remarkable memory, was a master mathematician and ardent student, and while he had followed various occupations he enjoyed most that of teaching. He had a zeal and enthusiasm for the work (although his activities had long since ceased), too rarely found among teachers of the present time. His mind had not grown old or feeble like his body but retained its vigor and brilliancy until the very last moments. He will be missed by the many who came to him for help and council. Mr. Handshy was s devoted Christian, ever ready to help those in distress. One Who Loved Him.

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Record #: 198400

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