Van Gundy Family Tree

Notes for Sydney DAVEE

"As a young man Sydney Davee worked very hard and did all kinds of work, mowed lawns, ran errands, shoveled snow, anything he could to make a few dollars so he could help his mother to take care of the family. When he finished school he worked in the coal mines. When the war broke out he wanted to go fight so bad that he left home and went to Kansas city to sign up, but they found out he was too young. So they gave him money and sent him back home to Joplin. But he was thinking of his mother, that she could use the money, so he hopped a freight train, and it threw him under the train and cut off his right arm at the shoulder. They had to take part of the collar bone out too, then he was in for it, he still did odd jobs. When he met Jennie she got him to move to St. Louis, Missouri where she said her brother would help him get a job. He met a man there who found out that Sydney was writing songs He wrote quite a few of them, but only 2 were ever published to our knowledge. These were ' That Old Irish Mother of Mine' and ' Old Virginia.' Sydney wrote the words and his buddy wrote the music. Carrolyn Lounghborough has the only copies of them. He was her Great Uncle."

There seems to be some discrepancies in the cause of Sydney's death when comparing the death certificate with family memories:

"He was murdered one night going home from work. He was hit in the back of the head by the butt of a gun, just as he opened the door to his home. Rose tried to find out who killed him, but she never found out. The police never gave her any information on it. It was never solved. This was in 1930 and rose had no money to follow thru. Sydney was only 35 years old."

His death certificate states he died of Chronic Myocarditis.

The newspaper carried the following obituary:

"Sidney Davee, 35 years old, former Joplin resident and son of Mrs Rose Davee, 2208 Sergeant Avenue, died suddenly last night at his home in St. Louis, according to information received here. Death was due to heart disease. Mr. Davee had been away from Joplin MO. for about ten years. Surviving, besides his mother, are his widow, Mrs. Jeanette Davee of St Louis, one brother, Glenn Davee, 2208 Sergeant Avenue, and three sisters, Mrs. C. V. Smith, Mrs. Gladys Miller, Miss Mildred Davee, all of Joplin. The body will be sent here for funeral services and burial."

He was buried next to his parents.

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