John H. Caldwell
M. Short II
Published on March
31, 1935 in an
FUNERAL PLAN FOR AGED MAN IS ANNOUNCED
Hundreds Are Expected To Attend Caldwell Service At Mansfield.
Long Life Devoted to Public
When the whole
countryside assembles Sunday afternoon at the Methodist
Church in Mansfield for the funeral of John H. Caldwell,
tribute will be paid to a man
who had done much for the promotion of every phase of civic progress for the
district and state.
His death Friday
at his home in Mansfield, marked the passing of one of the
oldest members of the Masonic Lodge and the Order of the
Eastern Star in the state.
Identified with every movement for putting forward the education, religious and
fraternal life of Mansfield and Sebastian county, he was for practically the
whole of his 88 years, a "builder".
John H. Caldwell, known to his friends as "Uncle John" was
born in Calloway county, Missouri Sept. 22, 1846. His religious
life started with his
conversion when 12 years old. Denominationally he was versatile. He became
a member of the Presbyterian church at Belmont, Mo., in 1858.
After moving to Arkansas
he joined the Presbyterian church in Ft. Smith, later uniting with the Methodist
Episcopal church, South, at Mansfield, where he was for 40 years a leading
member. As an official of the church board he was instrumental
in the building of the
church where Sunday his funeral is to be held. Mr. Caldwell was married to
Miss Alma Ann Jones of Witcherville, Sebastian county, in
1875. Mrs. Caldwell and
two of their five children survive. His business career included activities
in many commercial enterprises. At one time he operated a
pottery at Jenny Lind,
afterwards he engaged in the hardware business at Witcherville and Mansfield.
For the last 30 years of his life he had been a mortician and jeweler, retiring
following a fall at his home in which he was injured. Before his retirement
he engaged for a few years in the manufacture of his invention
of markers for graves.
A veteran of
three "wars", Mr. Caldwell was a charter member of the
Robert E. Lee camp, Confederate Veterans, in which he held the title of captain
from the time of the camp's founding. With the death of Mr. Caldwell only one
member of the camp survives, John Ellis, of Abbott.
His war record
began in 1862 when he engaged in an expedition against
the Pin Indians. He then was only 16 years old. In 1864,
he enlisted in the Confederate
He was wounded
after serving 20 days. In 1874 he enlisted in the Brooks-Baxter
political war, aligning with the Baxter adherents. During this expedition
he and his brother, the late Charles Caldwell with another man, by strategy
17 of Brook's adherents.
His war relics
included a saber taken from a United States officer whose
horse Mr. Caldwell shot from under him. The officer's life was not taken.
had two army pistols in his collection. These were taken from Brooks'
of Mr. Caldwell in Lodge work matches that of his influence
in religious, educational and political affairs. He served seven years
Masonic lodge No. 133 at Witcherville and for 10 years held the same
position in Reed Lodge No. 163 at Mansfield. He had represented both
lodges in the
While a member
of the board of education, Mr. Caldwell was largely responsible
for the election of the first brick high school building