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Section 5. Jessie B. Rightmire and Margaret Alice Smith
(Jessie B.4 Rightmire, Daugherty3, John R.2, James1, Sr. )

(4) Jessie B. Rightmire was born in Vandalia, Illinois on August 8, 1880. He married Margaret Alice Smith in about 1901 in Kansas City, Kansas. Margaret was born in Kansas City, Kansas on October 17, 1877. Jessie was a switchman for the Missouri Pacific Railroad. Jessie died apparently is some type of Railway accident in Kansas City, Kansas on October 8, 1940. His funeral notice appeared in the Kansas City Star on October 10, 1940:

RIGHTMIRE - Jessie B., 1255 Central Ave.
Funeral services 2 o'clock Saturday at the Seventh Street Methodist Church, 7th and State Ave. Interment Maple Hill. Mr. Rightmire will lie in state at his home until 1 o'clock Saturday. Service by Eads Bros. Home

Margaret died, also in Kansas City, Kansas, on May 13, 1950. Her funeral notice appeared in the Kansas City Times on May 5, 1959:

RIGHTMIRE - Margaret A., age 72, of 1255 Central Ave. Services 1:30 P.M. Tuesday, at the Chapel 1416 Minnesota Ave. Interment Maple Hill. In state after 2 o'clock Monday. Eads Bros. Funeral Home, Dr. 1416

They are buried together in Maple Hill Cemetery, Kansas City, Kansas. A picture of their gravestone is given below.

Picture by James E. Rightmire.

Jessie and Margaret had two children:

(5) Clifford A. Rightmire was born in Kansas City, Kansas on November 29, 1901. He married Mable Pennewell. Mable was born in Kansas City, Kansas in about 1903. Clifford died in in Kansas City, Kansas on July 19, 1950. His funeral notice appeared in the Kansas City Star:

"CLIFFORD A. RIGHTMIRE, 48 of 1255 Central Ave, Kansas City, Kansas, at 1:30 o'clock Saturday at Eads Chapel; burial in Maple Hill cemetery. The Pall Bearers will be Roy Smith, Robert Hermanson, Harry L. Bone, Jimmy Rightmire, Harry Rightmire and Glenn C. Ostertag."

He is buried in Maple Hill Cemetery, Kansas City, Kansas.

(5) Carl J. Rightmire was born 1903
and died in Kansas City, Kansas on June 6, 1906. Carl was the victim of a horrible, childhood gun accident. The following clipping from the newspaper tells how he was killed. The misspelled name, "Brightmier," is written that way in the article:


"Jessie Brightmier's Two Young Sons Were Playing with His Revolver."

Carl Brightmier, 3 years old, and Clifford, his brother, 4 years old, were playing with their father's pistol this afternoon in their home at 840 Muncie Boulevard, in Armourdale, when the weapon, in the hands of the elder child, was accidentally discharged. The bullet penetrated the 3 year-old boy's brain, killing him instantly.

"The father of the child, James Brightmier, is a Union Pacific switchman and was working in the yards opposite the home when the accident occurred. The mother was in the front yard. The father had left the pistol under his pillow in the bedroom and the children, playing there found it."

Carl is buried together with his brother in Maple Hill Cemetery, Kansas City, Kansas. Their gravestone is shown on the next page.

Picture by James E. Rightmire