Name: Posey William "Little Pode" WILLARD
Birth: MAR 1896 in Oregon Co, MO
Death: 5 FEB 1921 in Rover, Oregon Co, MO
Burial: 7 FEB 1921 Jolliff Cem Near Rover, Oregon Co, MO
Change Date: 2 MAY 2014
Named for his uncle, Posey Willard, he was called ?Little Pode.?
One of the stories about how wild and rough the community of Rover, MO was is shown in this story from 1921 (my uncle, Wade VonAllmen, who was an eye witness, told it to me):
Pasey/Posey was also called Little Pode.
Bill Willard, Posey's great-uncle, was at the Rover Baptist Church for a service and during the prayer someone threw a paper airplane with a pin in the end of it that hit Bill and stuck in his head. Little Pode accused Bill Kentner of doing it. A few days later at Earsy White's store in Rover, Little Pode threatened Bill with a knife. Finally, after being very aggravated, Kentner pulled a gun and shot him. Little Pode ran across the road to the Baptist Church and died on the steps. It was said that Little Pode's mother, Matilda, was a hard woman and didn't even cry when she saw her son. After the shooting, the Kentner family sat up all night with guns thinking that the Willards would come after them, but they didn't.
Kentner was accused but later found not guilty.
-Source for story above, Wade VonAllmen, who saw the shooting as a 10-yr-old boy.
-Tombstone at Jolliff Cemetery: "Brother Pasey Willard 1896-1921"
Info from Missouri death certificate:
Posy William Willard
born Mar 10, 1898, Oregon Co, Mo
died: Feb 5, 1921, Highland twp, Oregon Co, MO
age: 23 yrs, 1 mo, 15 days
cause of death: shot through the heart by an enemy
father: John George Willard, b Oregon Co
mother: Nancy Matilda Hamilton, b Tenn
buried Jolliff cemetery, Feb 7, 1921
informant: John George Willard
Feb 1921 - Wm. Kitner charged in the death of Posey Willard. Kitner found not guilty.
Father: John George WILLARD b: MAY 1872 in Mo
Mother: Nancy Matilda (Ann?) HAMILTON b: APR 1876 in Tennessee