MOSSAR Harry S. Truman Chapter Color Guard Photo Gallery
Harry S. Truman Chapter Meeting 305th Meeting Independence, MO November 13th, 2010
Pictured here is President Stapleton and MOSSAR Color Guard Comander Robert L. Grover, presenting Historian Brian Smarker with a directory on the Fort Osage Pioneer Cemetery, which is titled “Sibley (Fort Osage) Pioneer Cemetery 1809-1989”. The Fort Osage Pioneer Cemetery is located south of Fort Osage in Sibley, MO. This directory was published by the Harry S. Truman Chapter, in which it was compiled by edited by Harry S. Truman Chapter Compatriot Harry Dexheimer. Compatriot Dexheimer and his wife Inez M. Dexheimer, were able to write the directory from his field notes. The directory contains information on the history of the oldest cemetery in Jackson County. The manuscript provided an overview of the many remarkable people who are interred in this historic cemetery, the earliest being soldiers who were stationed at Fort Osage in 1810. During the winter of 1819-1820, over forty soldiers sickened by scurvy arrived at Fort Osage, a fort and factory trading post located by the Missouri River in Jackson County, Missouri. Despite attempts to save them, all the soldiers died. The soldiers stationed at Fort Osage dug a trench grave for the dead, creating a large unmarked mass grave. Historian Smarker will maintain this manuscript in the Harry S. Truman Chapter archives for future reference. Compatriot Dexheimer provided comments at the meeting on his efforts to prepare this manuscript. Compatriot Dexheimer and Historian Smarker were present for the presentation and photos taken after the presentation.
(L-R) Major General Robert L. Grover, MOSSAR Color Guard Commander; Compatriot Harry Dexheimer; Historian Brian Smarker; and President Dirk A. Stapleton.