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Greg Nutt said:   October 18th, 2015 9:59 pm
Looking for family history in Elmer. My grandmother was Mary Christina Hoffman.

Kim Gilliland said:   
September 3rd, 2015 4:13 pm
I very much enjoyed reading the history of Elmer. My Dad's family has deep roots there. Both of my paternal Grandparent's (Spencer Gilliland and Nellie Williams Gilliland) graduated from Elmer High School. I remember my Gran (Nellie) telling me lots of stories about classmates and times at school. Lots of happy memories.

Ruth said:   May 9th, 2015 9:25 am
I just came back from Elmer, Mo to meet many cousins and celebrate my Aunt Hazel Lene Hiles 100th birthday party. My Mom Ruth McNabb was born there and her Mother was Rose Lene McNabb and her grandfather was Joe Lene. My visit was wonderful because it was the first time i met them all.

Sheila & Darrell Bealmer said:   June 23rd, 2014 6:22 am
John, We found this very interesting. I enjoyed learning more about the Elmer history and the folks that resided there. I knew they loved to play baseball , I 've heard many stories about that too. It amazes me the size Elmer and Mercyville once was . and I can just see Jesse and gang ridding in. Aunt Ruth Krawl Walker use to tell me stories about growing up close by and how all her brothers played ball , their family history and way of life there , I always enjoyed how she shared her memories. I will continue to study this and learn more. Planning to make a trip to the old cemetery too. Was great to see you and Janie at he Church Sunday and hear the memories you had there too . glad you brought your lovely daughter too. Your always welcome. You all made our day! Thanks for sharing your web site , it's great. Seeing it made Darrell wonder if he had some old pictures . He really enjoys the looking back too. God bless ! Darrell and Sheila Bealmer

Donald St."Lefty" St.Clair said:   February 12th, 2014 1:32 am
John, I will be looking forward to more to come ---- you may not remember it but , Bernice had you to bat against me when you were 5 or 6 as I recall. Bernice told me as I recall that he had you tap a baseball on that was attached to a screen door spring lightly for hand eye cordination which he did his self by hanging it in a doorway of the hotel he was staying overnight in when the team he was playing with were on the road. Bernice talked about Max Lanier a lot. In fact, anytime we were together he would talk baseball constantly. Also, I soon learned if their was a bat laying on the ground nearby , you wanted to stay clear if Bernice picket it up because he would swing it a couple of times or more while he was telling you that to be a power hitter you had to be a wrist hitter as you can wait that last split second on the ball --- Bernice had tremendious bat speed. I regulation games I pitched in, I only faced two players with that capability --- one was Bobby Zukarini from Bevier in High school and a plaayer by the name of Kelley from Hannibal when I was playing for the American Legion at Kirksville. In 1951 as I recall Bernice showed me a letter he received from the House of David that Bernice had contacted about them supporting baseball in Elmer --- my recall from that long ago is very fuzzy but to the best that I can remember Bernice was told in the letter that if he could get a league of teams established they would be interested in supporting the operation. Do you recall any of this?? In the article Clay Franks was mentioned, I know that Ira Franks, Clay's brother was a left-hand pitcher and quite a player.

John said:   February 10th, 2014 10:20 pm
Donald, thanks for your comments regarding the site. Elmer will always be "home" for me, so doing this is a labor of love. Amy is the daughter of Fody and wrote the piece about the Elmer baseball team when she was in high school. I don't know anything about Max Lanier, but will check with relatives to see if anyone has more info about him. Stay tuned. More to come later. John

Donald St.Clair said:   February 9th, 2014 9:46 pm
John, I concur that this is a great job putting this together. As Ihave deep roots in Elmer. My Brother David and Sister Pam live there. My Grandad Ollie Davison ran a Livery Stable in Elmer. My Mother graduated from Elmer and I have numerous cousins who come from Elmer. This, only whets my apetite for more input. I guess, the first time around, I should haveask what reltion Amy Mock was to Oran "Fody" Mock.

Donald St."Lefty" St.Clair said:   February 9th, 2014 3:53 pm
John Mathis , I will bet you are the nephew of Bernice Mock who at 5 years old, had a strike zone smaller that Bill Veck's Eddie Gadell --- if the ball was in the strike zone you would hit the ball and that young tender age. Who is AMy Mock?? Is their any information of Bernice playing with Max Lanier a lefty who jumped to the Mexican League and was banned from the Majors for 5 years. As I recall Bernice told me he broke in with the Cardinal organization at Chanatooga, Tennessee. A lot that see from the teachers college has been left out,etc.

Bradley J. Almond said:   February 3rd, 2014 5:20 am
Great job, i've really enjoyed finding & reading about Elmer. Eddie Rado & Sally Almond were my grandparents, & alot of this information here was always a mystery until now. Thanks for your work & for sharing it!

Dan Epperson said:   November 28th, 2013 12:03 pm
Thanks for all the great info. I spent a lot of time growing at my grandparents farm and at the Assemblies of God church and at Elmer Baptist church. Great memories!