Note: John Sherman Whitman John Sherman Whitman was born in Rock Island County,Illinois, May 9,1862 and died November 5,1936, at his home near Brighton, Mo. being 73 years, 5 months and 26 days of age. He was the oldest son of John and Elizabeth Whitman. When he was a child he moved with his parents from Illinois to Kansas where he grew to young manhood. Later he came to Missouri where he has since lived. He was married, December 11,1891 to Mary Elizabeth Brown. To this union were born five children; two of whom died in infancy. His wife departed this life May 13,1933. He leaves to mourn his going his three children, Mrs. Ida Hanna, of Argonia, Kansas; Mrs. Alice Griffitts, of Brighton,Mo and William Whitman of Pritchett, Colorado. He also leaves five granddaughters, a sister, Mrs. Clara Lane of Shawnee, Oklahoma and a brother, Otis Whitman of Bolivar, Mo, besides many other relatives and friends. The funeral services were held at 2:30 o'clock Saturday afternoon, November 7 at the Brighton M. E. Church preached by Rev. Hendrix. Burial was in the Brighton Cemetery under direction of the Willard Erwin Funeral Home of Pleasant Hope.
John Sherman Whitman never talked much about his childhood. They were always looking for something better. Dad was born in Rock Island, Il. and lived there as a small child. When they left for Cherryvale, Ks. They waited until the Mississippi River was frozen solid enough for them to cross with a wagon filled with everthing they were taking to set up their new home. Dad lived in Kansas until he was a young man. The cattle rustlers were so bad that he wore a pistol. He never did use it except to kill snakes and wild animals. He didn't think he would have had the nerve to shot someone. I'm not sure why they left Kansas and moved to Brighton, Missouri since by this time several of the Dack's (Grandma Elizabeth) had moved to Kansas also. When they settled at Brighton Grandpa (John W.) bought the Brighton Mill. To own a mill in those days was to have a thriving business since everyone in the area came for miles to get their grain ground. Dad (John S.) helped his Dad (John W.) in the Mill as long as they owned the Mill. Dad (John S.) was in the Oklahoma Indian Territory Run, better known as the Oklahoma Sooners. He made a stake, but some else claimed his stake. He was afraid he'd get hurt if he forced his claim and returned to Brighton. Grandpa (John W.) was very unhappy that he never enforced his claim. Joe Lane also said he should have stayed. One of Dad's stories that he told many times was when he and Uncle Ed Dack were looking for Uncle Ed's horse they stopped at the "Benders" farm. The Bender's claimed they had never seen the horse. The Bender's owned an Inn near Cherryvale, Ks. They killed several people and buried them in the orchard. As the guests were eating they were knocked in the head, a trap door would open below their chair and they would fall into the basement. A man and his daughter were killed about the time they were there. Alice Griffitts
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