James Flemmon VanHook

Male 1862 - 1947


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  • Born  8 Apr 1862  Pulaski, KY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Died  6 Jun 1947  Springfield, Greene, MO Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried  8 Jun 1947  Greenlawn Memorial Gardens, Springfield, Greene, MO Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Father  Benjamin Franklin VanHook,   b. 24 Jan 1830, Pulaski, KY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Feb 1910, Rockcastle, KY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Lydia Jane Reynolds,   b. 26 Jul 1829, Rockcastle, KY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Aug 1897, Rockcastle, KY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family  Laura Ann Murrell,   b. 24 Jun 1870, Greene, MO Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Feb 1948, Springfield, Greene, MO Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  5 Feb 1891  Springfield, Greene, MO Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
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    • 1900 US Census - Dist 51, Jackson, Greene Co., MO
      James Vanhook, 38, b. Apr 1862 KY, farmer
      Laura Vanhook, 29, b. Jun 1870 MO, mother of 4 children, all living
      Verdie Vanhook, 7, b. Jun 1892 MO
      DeMantre Vanhook, 6, b. Mar 1894 MO
      Bryan Vanhook, 4, b. Nov 1895 MO
      Benjamin Vanhook, 1, b. Apr 1899 MO

      1910 US Census - Dist 45, Springfield Ward 8, Greene Co., MO
      James F Vanhook, 48, b. KY, night watchman at RR shop
      Laura A Vanhook, 40, b. MO
      Virdie D Vanhook, 17, b. MO
      Demontie J Vanhook, 16, b. MO
      Bryan M Vanhook, 13, b. MO
      Benjamin M Vanhook, 11, b. MO
      William M Vanhook, 7/12, b. MO
      Sherman S Murphy, 25, boarder, b. MO

      1920 US Census - Dist 53, Springfield Ward 8, Greene Co., MO
      James F. VanHook, 57, b. KY, watchman on RR
      Laura A. VanHook, 49, b. MO
      Monta Van Hook, 25, b. MO, dau
      William VanHook, 10, b. MO, son

      The Frisco Employes' Magazine, January 1928
      "Jim Vanhook, day watchman, returned to work recently following a few days' illness at his home."

      The Frisco Employes' Magazine, May 1930
      "Jas. VanHook, day watchman, has been confined to his home for several weeks on account of illness."

      The Frisco Employes' Magazine, August 1930
      "J. F. Van Hook has reported for duty after being absent several days."

      The Frisco Employes' Magazine, Oct 1930
      "J. F. Van Hook has a nephew, Joe S. Van Hook, visiting him. He has been a teacher in the American school in Shanghi, China, for the past three years but has resigned his position to take a position on the faculty of State University at Boulder City, Colo."
      (This nephew would be Joseph Orlando VanHook)

      1930 US Census - Dist 35, Springfield, Greene Co., MO
      James F. VanHook, 67, b. KY, watchman steam RR shops
      Laura A. VanHook, 59, b. MO
      Ben M. VanHook, 32, b. MO, divorced, commercial wholesale grocery
      W. Max, 20, b. MO, salesman motor supply

      The Frisco Employes' Magazine, May 1932
      "James Van Hook, veteran watchman of the north shop, was retired May 1 on account of having reached the age limit. "Jim" has a record of forty-flve years of continuous service and has made many friends who wish him happiness in his retirement."

      1940 US Census - Springfield, Greene Co., MO
      James F. VanHook, 78, b. KY, watchman steam RR shops
      Laura A. VanHook, 69, b. MO
      Jimmi D. Copeland, 47, b. MO, daughter, divorced
      Barbara J. Copeland, 16, b. MO, "daughter" (actually granddaughter)
    Children 
     1. Verda O. (Verdie) VanHook,   b. 28 Jun 1892, Greene, MO Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Feb 1972, Springfield, Greene, MO Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Jimmie Dee Monta VanHook,   b. 9 Mar 1894, Springfield, Greene, MO Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Dec 1970, Springfield, Greene, MO Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Bryan Murrell VanHook,   b. 23 Nov 1895, Greene, MO Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Nov 1982, Springfield, Greene, MO Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Benjamin Madison VanHook,   b. 4 Apr 1899, Greene, MO Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Nov 1956, Springfield, Greene, MO Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. William Mcfarland ("Max") VanHook, Sr,   b. 13 Sep 1909, Greene, MO Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Apr 1995, Springfield, Greene, MO Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified  20 Apr 2015 
    Family ID  F1133  Group Sheet

  • Photos
    Benjamin Franklin VanHook (1830-1910) and Children - 1904 St. Louis Exposition
    Benjamin Franklin VanHook (1830-1910) and Children - 1904 St. Louis Exposition
    This photo was taken in 1904 at the St. Louis Exposition (World's Fair). This exposition was one of the worlds all time great events. A huge city was built to commemorate the Lousiana purchase of 1804. Dioramas, a ferris wheel, industrial and agricultural exhibits, and native peoples from all over the world were there, displaying their respective cultures.

    Here's a terrific site with many links to pictures from the 1904 event (ExpoMuseum)

    Sitting (left to right) are: Benjamin Franklin VanHook (1830-1910), his daughter Elizabeth Ellen VanHook (1865-1948), and his son Samuel Monroe VanHook (1859-1926). Standing are Benjamin's sons William Marcum VanHook (born 1855) and James Fleming VanHook (born 1862).