Myrtle McElfresh Tatum

 

Written by Dr. Julian P. Tatum, Jr. One in a collection by Allen Bachoroski, Local Historical Writer and author of “Tales Along the Highway of Legends”

 

Born on October 1, 1885 in Palace Hotel in Osage City, Kansas, Myrtle Tatum was the youngest daughter of O.E. McElfresh and Elizabeth Baggerley McElfresh.  Her father owned a hotel and mortuary and served as Postmaster of Osage City and as Postal Inspector in Western Missouri.

Myrtle was of Scotch-Irish and Norman decent.  Her Baggerley relatives came to America in 1746 and seven Baggerley sons fought in the American Revolution.  Myrtle went to school in Osage City and attended the University of Kansas with her sisters, Elizabeth and Jessie.  She taught in Starkville, Colorado until her marriage in 1913.  Everyone was fond of Myrtle for her kindness and devotion to her family.  She is especially remembered for her fine Christian life and interest in others.

Myrtle was a member of the Tourist Club and belonged to the P.E.O. in Trinidad and Colorado Springs.  She was reared as a Presbyterian and was interested in the Presbyterian and Methodist Churches.  She died on October 17, 1953  at the home of her son, Julian P. Tatum, Jr., who was Superintendent of Myron Stratton Home.  She is buried in the Evergreen Cemetery in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

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