I first found Alex Mailes with Martha his wife in the 1880 Federal Census for Clay County, Gallatin Township, Missouri.  Alex was 36 years old and Martha was 34.  They did not have any children.  The census show the occupation of Alex as an RR Agent (Rail Road Agent).  Gallatin Township is located in the most southwest corner of Clay County and is across the Missouri River from Kansas City.  There is a railroad Bridge  crossing the Missouri River from Kansas City into Gallatin Township, Clay County.  Because of his occupation and the fact there were other Mailes living in Gallatin Township, I believe that Alex and Martha Mailes were very well known.  On September 11, 1882, Alex and Martha Mailes purchased the North part of the W/2 SW/4 Section 17, Township 51N, Range 32W, Clay County, Missouri.  They sold this same property on April 17, 1883 since they had purchased the N/2 NW/4 Section, Township 52, Range 34W, Platte County, Mo., on March 1, 1883.  This is the property on which Louis Mailes lived until he was a young adult.  The Miller school was located on the nortwest corner of this property.  I assume Louis went to school here.  I have not been able to locate any school records that show Louis in this school.  

   According to the Platte County Argus newspaper, the Mailes family were a very active and social family in the area.  I was able to find copies of the paper starting with January 6, 1898 at the Missouri Historical Society in Colombia, Missouri.  The information was in a section of the paper called "From Our Correspondents.  I thought it was very interesting that the information on the Mailes family was for the area of Platte County called Hickory Grove.  There was a date on the articles which was usually 2 days before the actual date on the paper.  The dates listed here are the date of the articles.  The following are a few of articles.

      August 8, 1898 - A.H. Mailes made a business trip to Platte City Friday.

      August 15, 1898 - James Jacks and Louis Mailes made a business trip to Levenworth Saturday.

      August 20, 1898 - Louis Mailes is through plowing.

      Sept 20, 1898     - Mr. Con Jacks sold three calves to A.H. Mailes Monday for $54.


                                  - Mrs. B. Yates and daughter spent Friday evening with Mrs. Mailes.


                                  - A.H. and Louis Mailes were in Platte City Saturday on business.

                                  - Luther Mitchell, wife and two daughters of Minnaville, Cisy Co., spent a few days visiting A.H. Mailes last week.  


                                  - Thomas Wills and family, Buddy Willis and family, Mis Lena Nayor, Louis Mailes and Samuel Brightwell spent Sunday with                                      C.J. Jacks and family.                    


      April 17, 1899      - A fine game of croquet was played at A.H. Mailes yesterday.  R.E. Kent, Edar Cole and Harry Jacks against James

                                      Jacks,  Joy Leivis and Louis Mailes.  It ended in a tie.  All are considered good players.

      July 17, 1899      - Louis Mailes left today for Blackwell Ok, where he will stay a few days prospecting.  

      August 20, 1900 - George Ferrel and wife gave a social in hornor of Miss Birdie Kisainger of Winchester, Kan. Friday Evening.  The guest were served

                                    with ice cream, cake, watermelons, grapes and other delicious refreshments. Those present were Miss Mattie Fox, Mina Darnall,

                                   Ferrel, Maude Payne, Opha Brightwell and Dottie Todd.  Messrs.James and Harry Jacks, Willie Darnall, Howard Fox, Ben Ferrel,

                                   Decator Hodges, Samuel  Brightwell, Louis Mailes and Joe Offatt.  All enjoyed the games and music greatly and at a late hour departed

                                   with the best wishes to their host and hostess.

      April 18, 1901  Proceedings of the Platte County Circuit Court, April Term A.D. 1901.

                               Louis Mailes, a native of Austria admitted to citizenship of United States, oath of allegiance in open court.

      May 6, 1901     Watson Winn of Seneca is building a new house for Dillard Baker.

      After it was reported in the Newspaper that Watson Winn of Seneca was building a  new house in Platte county that you can find a transaction where Alexander H. Mailes purchases land in Newton County. On August 4, 1902, Alexander H. Mailes purchased the E/2 SE/4 Section 23, Township 24, Range 34, Newton County, Missouri.    On September 23, 1902, A.H. Mailes and wife sold the N/2 NW/4 Section 20, Township 52, Range 32 Platte County, Missouri.

I found the Church Register and Record of Christian Church, Hickory Grove, Platte County, Mo., in the basement of the Ben Ferral Platte County Museum on July 2003, at the Plate County Historical Society, 222 Ferrel Street, Platte City, Mo.  These records show:  A.H. Mailes admitted by commination on November 24, 1890 and had his name removed from the record by letter October 5, 1902.  Mrs. Martha Mailes was admitted by Baptism November 21, 1890 and was removed by letter on October 5, 1902.  Louis Mailes was admitted by Baptism November 25, 1895 and his name was removed by letter October 5, 1902.  There were removed from the record of the church when they moved to Newton County, Missouri.

On January 6, 1903, A.H. Mailes purchased the SE/4 NW/4 Section 23, Township 24, Range 34, Newton County, Mo. and the N/2 NW/4 Section 23, Township 24, Range 34, Newton County, Mo.  


Louis Mailes was nearly 30 years old when he was married to Miss Cora Alma Grainger on January 17, 1904.  Miss Grainger a 20 year old young lady of the community had moved to Newton County Missouri in November of 1884, when she was 7 months old.  Her parents lived about 1/2 mile from the farm the Mailes purchased when they first moved to this area.

On May 7, 1904, Louis and Cora bought the farm, N/2 NE/4 NE/4 and E/2 S/2 NE/4 N/4 Section 23 Township 24 Range 34, Newton County, just one-half mile south from her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Lewis Grainger.  

Louis and Cora had 12 children, 7 boys and 5 girls.

1.  Louis Mailes b. Feb 4, 1874 in Austria Hungary; d. Jul 23, 1955 in Seneca Mo.

     +  Cora Alma Grainger b. April 11, 1884 in Warrensburg, Mo. m. Jan 17, 1904 in Seneca Mo.; d. Jul 23, 1979 in Neosho, Mo.

     2.  Lester Lee Mailes b. Oct 13, 1904 in Seneca, Mo; d. Jun 30, 1976 in Seneca, Mo.

          + Mildred Inez Rinehart; b. Feb 7, 1911 in Seneca, Mo; m. Feb 22, 1930 in Alba, Jasper,  Mo.; d. Dec 1, 1988 in Seneca Mo.

     2.  Lloyd Alexander Mailes b. Sept 6, 1906 in Seneca, Mo; d. Nov 9, 1984 in Seneca, Mo.

          + Opal Louise Skaggs b. Jan 2, 1911 in Mo.; m. Nov 9, 1929 in Seneca, Mo; d. Sept 6, 2006 in Seneca, Mo.

             3.  Virginia Lee Mailes b. Jul 26, 1930 in Seneca, Mo.; d. Nov 23, 2015 in Mercy Hospital, Joplin, Mo.

             3.  Harold Dean Mailes b. Jul 12, 1932 in Seneca, Mo.; d. Jun 24, 2015 in Neosho, Mo.

     2.  Lawrence Russell Mailes b. Oct 7, 1908 in Seneca, Mo.; d. Feb 4, 2000 in Seneca House Nursing Home, Seneca, Mo.  

          + Opal Nadine Macy b. Mar 31, 1914 in Neosho, Mo.; d. Jan 6, 1974 in Seneca, Mo.

              3.  Melvin Roy Mailes b. Dec 22, 1934 in Neosho, Mo.; d. May 25, 2000 in Joplin, Mo.

              3.  James Dale Mailes b. Sep 28, 1936 in Glendora, Ca.; d. Sep 17, 2013 in Joplin, MO.

     2.  Laveta Ann Mailes b. Dec 7, 1910 in Seneca, Mo.; m. Feb 13, 1932 in Seneca, Mo.;  d. Nov 6, 2000 in Seneca House Nursing Home, Seneca, Mo.

          + Earnest Paul Higginbotham b. 1910; d. Oct 17, 1962 in Seneca, Mo.

     2.  Martha Lucille Mailes b. Mar 3, 1912 in Seneca, Mo.; m. April 13, 1935 in Neosho, Mo; d. Feb 23, 1998 in Seneca, Mo.

          + Willaim Norwlin (Jack) Wilson b. Apr 23, 1911 in Neosho, Mo.; d. Dec 14, 1993 in Seneca Mo.

     2.  Letha Jane Mailes b. Mar 10, 1914 in Seneca, Mo.; m. Mar 11, 1933; d. Nov 5, 2013 in Maples Health Center, Springfield, Mo.

          +  Carl Williams Wilkins b. Sep 6, 1911; d. 1994.

     2.  Lorena May Mailes b. Mar 12, 1915 in Seneca, Mo.; m. April 13, 1935 in Neosho, Mo.; d Nov 14, 2004 in Miami, Ok.

          + Robert Lee Hoover b. Apr 13, 1914 in Neosho, Mo.; d. Jul 5, 1986 in Miami, Ok.

     2.  Leora Alma Mailes b. Aug 12, 1917 in Seneca, Mo.; m. Dec 25, 1934 in Seneca, Mo.; d. Jan 15, 2000 in Seneca House Nursing Home, Seneca, Mo.

          +Harry N. Montgomery b. Jan 12, 1912 in Seneca, Mo.; d. Oct 10, 1999 in Springdale, Ar.

     2.  Lyndall Bryant Mailes b. Aug 11, 1919 in Seneca, Mo.; d. Jun 23, 1999 in Miami, Ok.

          + Renee A. Audrain b. Nov 18, 1925 in Fairland, Ok.; m. Sep 10, 1949 in Eureka Springs, Ar.; d. May 27, 1986 in Tulsa, Ok.

     2.  Lilburn Orville Mailes b. May 3, 1922 in Seneca, Mo.; d. July 21, 1995 in Seneca, Mo.

     2.  Leonard Francis Mailes b. Jan 12, 1924 in Seneca, Mo.; d. Feb 21, 2009 in Seneca, Mo.

     2.  Loren Grainger Mailes b. Jun 21, 1926 in Seneca, Mo.; d. Aug 6, 2012 in Cave Junction, Or.

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