Name: Elmer Franklin VONALLMEN
Birth: 9 OCT 1880 in Oblong, Crawford Co, IL
Death: 16 OCT 1966 in West Plains, Howell Co, MO
Burial: Jolliff Cem Near Rover, Oregon Co, MO
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Change Date: 26 AUG 2015
Elmer is my grandfather.
Elmer Franklin Von Allmen was born in 1880 in Oblong, Ill. He attended the Michl School there. One day he asked his mother to just send him cookies in his lunch, so she did. But when he got to school and started taking out his lunch he was embarrassed because all he had to eat was cookies.
He moved with his parents to Oregon Co., Mo in 1896, when he was 16 years old. After they moved he contracted typhoid fever, along with some of his siblings. He recovered but one of his brothers (Riley) died. He attended Jolliff school in Oregon Co.
He married Nora Bell Jolliff in the office of W.B. Lewis, Justice of the Peace. (Oregon County marriage Book 6, p.354).
Nora was born in Brady, Mo. [Brady from 1900-1907 was the first post office in the area. It was located east of the old Willie Willard store, corner of 160 & M hwy.]
Oregon Co, Mo Marriages 1892-1916:
Elmer VonAllmen & Nora Jolliff, license: Jan 30, 1903; marriage: Feb 10, 1903.
1910 MO census - Oregon Co, Highland twp, p 70 (April):
Van Allmen, Elmer (head) - 29, m 7 yrs, b IL, par Swits (Hol)/ IL
. . . . . Nora (wife) - 25, m 7 yrs, 3 ch/3 liv, b MO, par b MO
. . . . . Lee (son) - 6, b MO
. . . . . Clara (daug) - 4, b MO
. . . . . Johnie (son) - 10 mos
Elmer bought or was given about 40 acres of land from his father. They lived in the country northeast of Rover, Mo. when their children were growing up (grandson Leowen VonAllmen now lives on the site.) The adjoining farm was owned by John Judd.
Once Elmer and Nora walked to her father┘s house to visit him when he was sick. On the way home, Nora fell on the ice and broke her wrist. Elmer set it but they walked back to Rab┘s house and let him check it to see if it was alright.
One summer in about 1930 Elmer and Nora went with their children, Raymon, Marlin, Bertha, Dean and maybe Wade to Arkansas to pick cotton. There were so many mosquitoes that Elmer was afraid everyone would be sick, and they were also having car trouble so they went back home. After they got home Bertha got malaria and they took her to Dr. Sparks in West Plains. She became so ill her eyes wouldn┘t focus, and she almost died. The doctor gave her quinine until her ears were ringing, but Elmer & Nora trusted the Lord and Dr. Sparks, and wouldn?t take her to any other doctor. Neighbors came in and sat up with them until she was well.
Elmer?s parents and family were Methodists.
Elmer was saved at the Redburn church when Rev. Fowler was the pastor. But he was later baptized in 1951 by Ben Meeks at the Baptist church where Nora was a member.
After the children were all grown Elmer bought a house in Rover beside Shiloh Baptist Church, where they attended. They moved into their new house in May, 1952. Nora died in their new home in Nov. (age 67); as she was washing dishes she had a heart attack. Elmer carried her to her bed where she died.
Elmer used to sit on his front porch in his red rocking chair and watch the traffic in Rover go by. Many times he would pull his hat down over his eyes and fall asleep there. He continued to live in Rover until the last two years of his life when he lived in West Plains about 1 block from Dean on Columbus Street. Elmer died in 1966 at the West Plains hospital (age 86). Both were buried at Jolliff Cemetery.
For map of Oregon Co, Mo. go to:
Jolliff Cemetery is off 160 hwy. halfway between the turn off to Rover and the turn off to Thomasville.
The community where the VonAllmens lived is east of Rover near Jolliff Cemetery.
Find A Grave Memorial# 15537829
Father: John VONALLMEN b: 10 DEC 1840 in Unterseen, Canton of Bern, Switzerland
Mother: Mary Elizabeth HERAL b: 14 OCT 1847 in Richland Co, IL
Nora Bell JOLLIFF b: 13 SEP 1885 in Brady, Oregon Co, MO
1 FEB 1903
in Brady, Oregon Co, MO
One list of Oregon co marriage license says:
Date Married Jan 30, 1903
Date Returned Feb 10, 1903
But the actual marriage license says Feb. 1, 1903
Maybe Jan 30 was the day the license was applied for.
- Lee VONALLMEN b: 19 SEP 1903 in Oregon Co, MO
- Clara Ellen VONALLMEN b: 30 AUG 1905 in Rover, Oregon Co, MO
- John James VONALLMEN b: 17 JUN 1909 in Rover, Oregon Co, MO
- Wade VONALLMEN b: 5 SEP 1911 in Rover, Oregon Co, MO
- Raymon VONALLMEN b: 2 AUG 1915 in Rover, Oregon Co, MO
- Marlin VONALLMEN b: 17 JUL 1917 in Oregon County, MO
- Bertha Dana VONALLMEN b: 14 NOV 1922 in Rover, Oregon Co, MO
- Dean VONALLMEN b: 9 JUN 1925 in Rover, Oregon Co, MO