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 George Washington and Sarah Daisy (McDonald) Means,  Idalia

In 1880 DeKalb County, Missouri, George W. Means is 27, Sarah 26, and they have George M. 4 and William R. 2.

George was the Idalia postmaster from September 1888 to May 1889.

George W. Means timber-claimed a quarter in 6, 4S 44W in 1896, and cash-claimed a quarter in 17, 4S 44W in 1892.

In 1900 George is a police sergeant in Denver, born Dec 1852 in Missouri, married 28 years to Sarah D. born June 1854 in Missouri.

In 1920 George and Sarah are back in DeKalb County, no occupation.

One tree said Sarah Daisy McDonald born June 6, 1854 in DeKalb, Missouri, married George Washington Means May 12, 1872 in DeKalb, and died June 15, 1920 in St Joseph, Missouri, and that George died Oct 16, 1933 in Boston, Massachusetts.

Sarah, death certificate said she was born in DeKalb County, June 6, 1854 to Thomas J. McDonald of Kentucky and Pamelia Black of Platte County, Missouri.  She died June 15, 1920 in St. Joseph, and was to be buried in Clarkdale, Missouri.  Rice McDonald was the informant.

FindaGrave has George W. 1852-1934 buried in Union Chapel, DeKalb County 109737388

and Sarah 1854-1921 # 109737416

Probably Sarah's sister Addie Black Farrington  1860-1929, dying in Salt Lake City.

A brother of Sarah: ENCOURAGEMENT has been offered to numerous commercial enterprises in St. Joseph by Mr. Rice McDonald. He is a native of DeKalb County, Mo., son of T. J. and Pamelia (Black) McDonald.

Upon the completion of his education in the schools of St. Joseph he entered the employ of R. L. McDonald &
Co., remaining with this firm until 1880, when he went west to engage in the cattle business. Returning to St.
Joseph eight years later he again became identified with his former employers in the capacity of assistant credit
man and traveling adjuster. Subsequently he bought the Citizens Telephone Company of St. Joseph, and was engaged for a number of years in extending its service. He organized the Interstate Telephone Company as a means of providing communication with the nearby towns, and soon had a toll system in all directions covering a radius of one hundred miles from this city.

Disposing of his interests in the telephone company, Mr. McDonald next directed his attention to the manufacturing business, organizing the Federal Waterproofing Company, of which he was president. This venture was so successful that the Goodyear Rubber and Tire Company found it to their advantage to possess the plant, and a transfer of the property was made to them.

For a time Mr. McDonald entered the advertising and publishing business, issuing a monthly farm magazine.

In 1912 he became actively identified with the Empire Trust Company of St. Joseph, being elected treasurer. He continued in the banking business for a number of years, when he retired to devote his time more fully to the operating of his coal mines in southern Missouri, and give attention to other interests.

Mr. McDonald is now serving his second term as a member of the Board of Police Commissioners of St.
Joseph. He is a Democrat in politics. In the position of police commissioner he has reflected credit on the governor and proved himself a very capable official.

Mr. McDonald was married in St. Joseph, June 29, 1899, to Miss Elizabeth R. Comstock, daughter of C. G.
Comstock. One son, Claude C, who is a student at Andover, Mass., is the only child.


Rice William Means was a Republican United States Senator from Colorado. Born in St. Joseph, Missouri, he moved with his parents to Yuma County, Colorado in 1887. He settled in Denver in 1889, and attended the public schools and Sacred Heart College of Denver, CO (now called Regis University). During the Spanish-American War, he commanded a company of in the Philippine campaign of 1889. In 1901, he graduated from the law department of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, and was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Denver. From 1902 to 1904, he was county judge of Adams County, and in 1908 was an unsuccessful candidate for election to the Sixty-first United States Congress.

(Rice was a candidate in 1912 for Congress, place of business - 613 Symes Building, Denver, residing on Galena Street in Aurora)

 Means served during the First World War as a lieutenant colonel and commandant of the Fortieth Division School of Arms, and was commander in chief of the Army of the Philippines in 1913 and of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in 1914. He was attorney for the City and County of Denver in 1923 and 1924. Means was elected as a Republican to the United States Senate on November 4, 1924, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Samuel D. Nicholson and served from December 1, 1924, to March 3, 1927. While in the Senate he was chairman of the Committee on Claims (Sixty-ninth Congress). In 1926 he was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection, as he was defeated by Charles W. Waterman in the Republican primary.




 In 1926 and 1927, Means was commander in chief of the United Spanish War Veterans, and president of the National Tribune Corporation and publisher of the National Tribune and Stars and Stripes at Washington, D.C. from 1927 to 1937, when he retired. Means died in Denver on January 30, 1949 and was interred in Denver's Fairmount Cemetery.


One tree said George McDonald Means was born Aug 3, 1875 in DeKalb County, married Thean Hattie Walker Nov 29, 1894, and died in Los Angeles in February 1965.

Thean H. Walker married "Daniel" G. Means Nov 29, 1894, recorded in Denver County.  She was probably in Kansas in 1880, with widowed father Mortimer Walker.  In 1900 Mortimer B. is a printer in Denver, 58, married four years to Mary A. 42, and they have Mortimer B. Jr. born Feb 1897 in Colorado.  Her son Thomas E. McCoy born Feb 1880 in Pennsylvania, is also with them.

In 1900 Denver Donald Means is a postal clerk, born August 1876 in Missouri, married five years to Thean April 1876 New York.  They have Marie H. Sep 1895 and Merrill D. Sep 1899, both born in Colorado.

Still a postal clerk in 1910 Denver, they have Marie T., Merrill, and now Wilbur N. 4 and LaVerne 1.

In 1920 Los Angeles, Donald is a postal inspector, and they have Merill D. 20 daughter , a telephone operator, Wilbur W. 14, LaVerne 11, and Dalbert J. 6, born in Nevada.

In 1930 Los Angeles, Thean is divorced, with just Dalbert with her.

Donald G. is a floor manager for a department store in 1940 Los Angeles,  age 64, now married to Luella, 58, born in Oregon.

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