West Point Bee
News of West Point
January 4, 1917
Dr. Joseph Everingham was born in Beaconsfield, England, April 7, 1831, and passed away Monday, December 25, 1916 at the family home in Butler, Mo., aged 85 years, 8 months and 18 days.
He came to West Point with his parents after a six weeks' voyage on the Atlantic in 1840, and grew up to manhood here. He worked at the printer's trade in Fort Madison an associate of the late Wm. P. Staub. He later studied medicine and graduated at the Ecletric Medical college at Cincinnati, O., and also at a college of the regulars at Philadelphia, Penn. He only practiced his profession a short time when he went to England and took a post graduate course in medicine at London.
In 1859 he was united in marriage to Miss Mary Steel, a daughter of the late Col. Wm. Steel, who owned the farm now belonging to Ferdinand Koepping. In 1861 he enlisted in the war and was a surgeon up to the time of its close, after which he returned to West Point and resided here up to 1873 when he moved his family to Butler, Mo., and has resided there every since.
He was a member of the Baptist church, and he was also a member of the Masonic society. He was at one time in West Point in an early day, a justice of the peace, and held other minor offices. He was a rather small man and not supposed to be very rugged, but for all that, he seemingly never had an idle minute, being always busy, and as a result he acquired quite a fortune. He was never known to turn away any worthy man looking for financial aid, and many men think they owed their success in life to the aid given them by him. He was a kind husband and an indulgent father, a friend to all mankind, and his old friends here will regret to learn of his demise. He leaves to mourn his loss besides his widow, two daughters, Mrs. S. M. Brown of Kansas City, Mo., and Mrs. Brown Walton of Butler, Mo.; five grandchildren, two nephews and three nieces.