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Misher Izora (Odie) Cunningham

Female 1858 - 1961  (102 years)

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  • Name Misher Izora (Odie) Cunningham 
    Born 29 Oct 1858  Hopkins County, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    _UID 0C7792321232F948A72CDD9F188CFA7E37AA 
    Died 7 Jan 1961  Benton, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • The Journal-Enterprise, Providence, Webster County, Kentucky
      Thursday, September 25, 1958
      Mrs. G.A. Bassett, formerly of Providence, observed her one 100th birthday Sunday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Beryl Smith, with whom she lives, in Benton, Ill. Relatives and close friends attended. Her four living children were with her for the occasion. They are: son, Karr of Spokane, Wash., and Carlos (Bill) of Earlington, who are twins, Lawrence of Henderson, and Mrs. Smith. Mrs. James P. Bassett, whose late husband was a son of the centenarian, was there with her daughter, Mrs. Robert Hussey and two sons of Chicago, Ill., and her son, William Bassett of Washington D.C. Five generations were represented among those in attendance: Mrs. G.A. Bassett; her daughter, Mrs. Smith; Mrs. Smith's daughter, the former Beryline Smith, and Beryline's child and grandchild. Among the many remembrances Mrs. Bassett received was a card from President and Mrs. Eisenhower. Mrs. Bassett, whose husband was a well-known farmer, is the oldest member of Providence First Baptist Church. She remains mentally alert and although she uses a cane as an aid in walking about the house, she declined its assistance when she walked to the table for her 100th birthday dinner and ate as heartily as her younger dinner companions. Mrs. O.D. Austin of Providence and her sister, Mrs. W.E. Menke of Huntingburg, Ind., who was visiting here, went to Benton for the festivities, as did Mr. and Mrs. C.E. Barnhill, Mrs. Bryan Ford, Mrs. Addie Barker and Miss Emma Lou Barnhill of Providence, with Mr. and Mrs. James Arnold and daughters, Elease and Rebecca, and Nancy Adams, of Madisonville.

      Hopkins County, Kentucky
      Volume I - 1988
      Gustavus Adolphus Bassett
      Gustavus Adolphus "Gus" Bassett, youngest child of Elijah Bassett and his wife, Mary O'Rear Pearl, was born 11 Aug. 1855 in Bracken County, KY. He came to Hopkins County when he was four months old. When he was nine, his father, who had served as sheriff in Bracken County, was shot and killed. Four months later his mother died and Gus then lived with his sister, Sallie Bassett Williams.
      On 25 Feb. 1879, Gus married Misher Izora "Odie" Cunningham, daughter of Joseph Misher Cunningham and Mary Louis Payne. Both of her parents died when she was very young and she was reared by uncle, Thomas Buford "Uncle Bufe" Payne. For the first year of their marriage, Gus and Odie lived on the Williams farm northeast of Providence but then bought their own farm on Clear Creek in Hopkins County. It was here that they reared their children and lived for the next 48 years until his death on 10 Mar. 1929. Later Odie moved to Benton, IL, and lived with her daughter. She died there 7 Jan. 1961 at the age of 102.
      Their children were James Payne, Edgar Karr, Jeff, John Corliss, Karr Pearl, Beryl O'Rear and Lawrence Rogers Bassett. James Payne Bassett was born 12 Dec. 1879 and married Nancy Macy Baker on 25 Sept. 1906. They had three children: James Baker, William Kerr, and Marjorie. James Payne Bassett owned a livery stable in Providence and later had coal mines in Webster and Hopkins Counties. He was killed in a mine accident on 4 Nov. 1929. The next two little boys of Gus and Odie, "Little Eddie" and Jeff, died young.
      They then had twin boys: John Corliss "Bill" and Karr Pearl Bassett, born 20 Sept. 1891. After World War I army service in the A.E.F., Bill worked for many years for St. Bernard and West Kentucky Coal Companies. Thereafter he served as Postmaster in Earlington for over twenty years. He was commander of the Earlington American Legion Post and also served as District Commander of the Legion. He was one of the founders and served as president of the Brown Meadow Lake Fishing Club. He married Elizabeth Zona Hearin on 7 July 1925. She began teaching school when she was a teenager and received her degree many years later from West Kentucky University after attending summer school almost every year. She was a devoted and talented teacher and served in the Earlington schools for most of her 50 year teaching career. Bill died on 20 Aug. 1965 and Zona on 17 Feb. 1985. They had no children. Karr married Mina Marie Van Metre on 8 Jul 1917 and they spent most of their married life in Washington state. He was Tax Assessor in Spokane for many years. They had four children: Winston Adolphus, Elanor Izora, Karlene Marie and Bette June. Karr died 24 Nov. 1963.
      Beryl O'Rear Bassett, the only daughter of Gus and Odie, was born 28 Dec. 1893. She married on 5 Sept. 1914 Curtis E. Smith, who visited Providence as a member of the Benton, IL, Silver Cornet Band that played at the county fair. He became a lawyer and she worked in his abstract office for many years. They had two daughters, Berylene Bassett and Sue Carol. Beryl now lives with her daughter, Sue Smith Hawkins in Mobile, AL.
      Lawrence Rogers Bassett was born on 23 Aug. 1896 and married Pauline Bullock on 3 Apr. 1923. They lived near Henderson, KY, where he had a large farm a few miles east of town. Lawrence died on 9 Feb. 1967. They had two children: Emma Jean and Robert Lawrence.
      Gus Bassett was a hard worker and a good farmer; however, he managed to utilize his love of hunting and fishing and his gregarious nature to supplement the income from the usual corn and tobacco crops. His fish nets on Weirs and Clear Creeks provided fish to "peddle" in town along with hams, vegetables and his famous watermelons and cantaloupes. He enjoyed socializing with his adult customers but he delighted even more having some "Penny" melons for poor eager children who followed his wagon.
      The Gus Bassett place on the Dalton Road was known for its hospitality. The annual family reunion brought Cunningham, Payne, Rogers, Smith, Tapp and other kin from Madisonville, Manitou and Nebo, but the Bassett farm was known best as a year-round gathering place for young people. The boys came to hunt and fish with the Bassett boys, and Beryl's friends came to see the boys. Gus Bassett was a tall, strong man and his wife, Odie, was a tiny but energetic woman. She stayed busy cooking and feeding the company that was always there to enjoy the good food of the family dinner table. When she died at 102, people said that she was proof that "Hard work never killed anyone." Gus was known not only to his children and grandchildren as "Pap" but also to the many young folk who made the Bassett farm their second home. He always said he had the best neighbors in the world: these included two land-owning Negro families, the Bishops and Rices.
      Gus Bassett, a Democrat, a Mason and a Baptist, was an honest, honorable, generous and hospitable man who, like his wife, Odie, enjoyed living and sharing.
      Submitted by Wm. Kerr Bassett
    Person ID I792  8B John Bassett of Hunterdon County, New Jersey
    Last Modified 5 Jun 2012 

    Father Joseph Misher Cunningham 
    Mother Mary Louisa Payne 
    Family ID F294  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Gustavus Adolphus Bassett,   b. 11 Aug 1855, Bracken County, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Mar 1929, Hopkins County, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years) 
    Married 25 Feb 1879 
    +1. James Payne Bassett,   b. 12 Dec 1879, Webster County, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Nov 1929, Webster County, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 49 years)
     2. Edgar Karr Bassett,   b. 1 Nov 1881,   d. 4 Jan 1883  (Age 1 years)
     3. Jeff Bassett,   b. 13 Dec 1883,   d. 13 Dec 1883  (Age 0 years)
     4. John Corliss (Bill) Bassett,   b. 20 Sep 1891,   d. 20 Aug 1965, Madisonville, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)
    +5. Karr Pearl Bassett,   b. 20 Sep 1891,   d. 24 Nov 1963, Spokane, Washington Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years)
    +6. Beryl O'Rear Bassett,   b. 28 Dec 1893
    +7. Lawrence Rogers Bassett,   b. 23 Aug 1896,   d. 9 Feb 1967, Henderson, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years)
    Family ID F271  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart