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Evelyn M. Hand Dinwiddle

DEATH: University of Missouri Hospital

Malcolm Charles McDowell

RESEARCHER-DESCENDANTS: Norma Jean Coon sent the following to T.Mason on 26 May 2004.

Biography: Malcolm Charles Mc Dowell (1917-1987), the third child of Charles Arthur and Louise Ellen Scott McDowell, was born near Zebra in Camden County, Missouri. This town of Zebra was at the juncture of the Wet Glaize Creek and the Osage River. According to legend, Zebra was so named because of the sedimentary stripes on the limestone bluffs that were prominent in the area. After the building of Bagnell Dam and the subsequent flooding of the river bottoms, the town was moved to higher ground. Called for awhile "Zebra on the Hill". the name was later changed to Osage Beach, as it is called today.

Sometime after his birth, Malcolm was moved with his family from the Zebra to the Wilcox bend area of the Osage in Miller County The Wilcox bend begins in the Bagnell area and continues around to about the Brockman Springs area, the inside of the bend being across the river from these landmarks. School records show that Malcolm entered the Post Oak School on September 15, 1924, being 7 years of age. His teacher was Mary Hoskins. He graduated from the eighth grade, never being able to continue his education. In spite of his limited years of schooling, Malcolm was especially proficient in math and able to work complex problems in his head. He often bid jobs without benefit of pen, paper,or calculator. From time to time, he would be challenged by potential customers on his figures, but he was always right.

Malcolm, known as just "Malc", was born at the right time to realize the hardships of the great depression. Living through that era, he learned the meaning of hard work, the value of a dollar and what it is to have to make do. He and his older brother, Melbourne "Mebbe" learned to hunt and fish, to help provide food for the family, and sometimes to be sold for a little cash money.

On October 21, 1939, Malc was married to Minne Pearl Ahart, daughter of Charlie "Pete" and Dora Fisher Ahart. They soon started on what was to become a family of eight children. Their first son, Ronald Glen was born Auigust 43, 1940.

As the United States entered into World War II, Malcolm was passed over for induction, until 1943, when at the ripe old age of 26 his service was needed. After boot camp he was assigned to the USS LCA (L) 660, an infantry landing craft and saw overseas in the Mediterranean.

After being honorably discharged in December 1945, he returned to his farm in Polk County, Missouri, to continue his chosen occupation as a farmer and to finish raising his family. In 1950, seeking to supplemen this farm income, it was decided to sell the farm in Polk County, and move back to the Lake of the Ozarks area, where the economy was beginning to improve, as the tourist industry flourished. The plan was to purchase another farm, but that was not to be. Two bad auto accidents in as many years, soon wiped out the money from the sale of the farm and more. (Neither were his fault, but he was not able to collect damages, as there were no insurance laws at the time.)

Malc went to work in the stone masonry trade. Eventually he became one of the most sought after masons in the area. In the meantime he had a growing family to support by now (1952), there were six children.

He often told this little story: It seems that in those days it became very hard at times to make ends meet, but Malc, being no stranger to hard times used what he knew to get by. One thing he knew was how to hunt. Animal furs would bring a pretty good price, for the times, so in order to survive he hunted for pelts, as well as food. The catch is that Malc didn't bother, or couldn't afford to wait until the fur season opened and he had already a good number stretched on the inside of his shed walls. Apparently, one of his good neighbors reported his goodfortune to the local game warden. Anyway, the game warden, as was his duty, came to check the allegation out. Indeed, Malc could not deny the truth and agreed to show the warden where the furs were. He had furs in two different sheds; quite a lot in one and three or four in another. Naturally, Malc showed him the shed with the few. The sheds had cracks between the boards two inches wide. Malc said a blind man could have seen what was in them and he had to pass the good shed full to get to the other. He said that the warden just looked straight ahead as he passed the first shed and was satisfied as he confiscated the few furs he was shown. Malc was convinced that this game warden intentionally ignored the bulk of the furs because he knew they were needed to help feed the family.

Malcolm, as were most of his immediate ancestors and family, was a Baptist, uniting with the Riverview Baptist Church of Camden County, being baptized on the 2nd of March, 1952.

He had a struggle for several years, overcoming many hardships and raising eight kids. But finally, having become an accomplished stone mason, he became a contractor and began to prosper.

Malcolm never lost his love and desire for hunting and fishing, continuing to do both up until the final months of his life. He suffered a heart attack in April of 1987 from which he never recovered, and gave up the ghost on August 19 of the same year.

Malcolm was known far and wide and was loved and respected by nearly all who knew him.

OBITUARY: Malcolm Charles Mc Dowell, son of Charles Arthur and Louise Ellen McDowell, was born April 23, 1917 at Zebra and died August 19, 1987, at the Harry S. Truman Veterans Hospital in Columbia.

On October21, 1939, he was united in marriage to Minne P. Ahart and to this union eight children were born, one son, Winston passed away in 1984.

Mr. McDowell was a stone mason and lived most of his life in Miller and Camden counties. He was a member of the Riverview Baptist Church at Osage Beach. He served overseas in the US . Navy during World War II.

Surviving relatives are his wife, Minne McDowell, four sons, Ronald McDowell and Willard McDowell, of Brumley, Vincent McDowell of Iberia,and Myron McDowell of Tuscumbia, three daughters, Marilyn Myers of Ulman, Joyce Mann of Camdenton and Karen Cooper of Eldon, two brothers, Delmar Mc Dowell of Camdenton and Gayle Mc Dowell of Seattle, Washington, three sisters , Beulah Bowlin of Sanger, California, Louise Mawyer and Vera Rainwater of Linn Creek; 23 grand children and two great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Saturday, August 22, at the Chapel of the Hedges Funeral Home in O sage Beach, with the Rev. J. R. McGuire officiating.

Burial was in the New Hope Cemetery at Kaiser. Pallbearers were nephews. Services were under the direction of the Hedges Funeral Home of Osage Beach.

MARRIAGE: Miller County, Missouri, Book I, page 60, Malcolm C.McDowell and Minni e F. Ahart, 21 October 1939.

DEATH: Social Security Death Index: Malcolm Mc Dowell, birth date: 23 April 1917, death date: Aug ust 1987, Brumley, Miller County, Missouri, issued in Missouri before 1951; SSN: 497-12-6228.

CEMETERY: Records for New Hope Cemetery, Auglaize Township, Miller County: Section 17, Township 39 North, Range 15 west, Glaize Township, This cemetery is located south of Kaiser, Misouri, is fenced, well kept and easily seen from the road. It is located just north of the New Hope Free Will Baptist Church.

Minnie Pearl Ahart

Social Security Death Index: Minnie P. McDowell, birth date: 24 Nov1917, death date: 15 J uly 2003, Brumley, Miller County, Missouri, issuedin Missouri (1962), SSN: 498-48-8636.

Vernon E. McDowell

RESEARCHER-DESCENDANTS: Norma Jean Coon sent the following to T.Mason on 26 May 2004.

News article: Vernon Mc Dowell was killed in Wreck Sat. Eve (1-26-1952) Vernon E. Mc Dowell was killed Saturday evening, when the truck he was driving overturned near the state park entrance on the Brumley road. He was pinned beneath the vehicle. The accident occurred about 5:50pm. John T. Rowland, a brother-in-law of Vernon's, was a passenger in the truck, but was unhurt.

He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Mc Dowell of Kaiser. He was born July 12, 1922, near Kaiser. During World War II, he served in the U. S. Navy from 1943 to 1945. (CM2, USNR, SEABEE, Construction man Second Class) On October 11, 1948, he was married to Linda Rowland of Climax Springs, MO, where they made their home.
Survivors include, besides the parents and wife, six brothers: Melbourn of Lake Ozark, Malcolm of Kaiser, Bernard of Lake Ozark, Junior of Freedom, Delmar of Indianapolis, IN, and Gail of the U. S. Marines, stationed at Santa Ana, California. Three sisters, Mrs. Harold Rowline of Singer, California, Louise Mc Dowell of Eldon, and Verna Marie of the home.
Funeral services were held at Harper Chapel at Climax Springs, with Rev. Lundy Long of Linn Creek officiating. Interment was made in the Conway Cemetery, under the direction of the Kays Funeral Home of Eldon.

TOMBSTONE: Inscriptions, Osage Beach, Camden County, Missouri, Conway Cemetery.