The Bartlett Family
Roy and Daisy Seelinger
Roy and Daisy were married on September 15, 1909. The ceremony took place in the south room of the Seelinger Home, Poplar Heights Farm in Bates County, Missouri. To the strains of the Bridal Chorus, the pair marched down the ribbon aisle to the bay window, which was decorated with natural flowers and vines. Rev. Mayfield pronounced them man and wife. Immediately following the ceremony, all went to the dining room for a wedding dinner and cutting of the Bride’s cake. The evening was spent in visiting and music. They left on the night train for a two months’ honeymoon trip through Kansas City and on to Colorado where they were almost lost in the bottomless pit. On their return, they made their home on their farm southeast of town.
Roy was born May 10, 1885, the son of James Edmund and Florence Phillips Bartlett. The Bartlett family were early settlers of Bates County. Roy’s grandfather, Edmund Bartlett came from Virginia and purchased 600 acres of land in Walnut Township in 1843. Roy attended Brackney School and graduated from Butler High School. He played football on the school team and pitched in competitive baseball games.
Daisy was born May 8, 1884 in Bates County. She was the daughter of John and Agnes Magdalene Johannes Seelinger and grew up at Poplar Heights Farm. She was an excellent shot and was said to be able to shoot the eye out of a chicken. Her father would not allow any of the daughters to wear clothes with short sleeves nor cut their hair. Her daughter, Helen, remembers the day Daisy had her hair cut for the first time.
Daisy was an excellent cook and famous for her coffee cakes, fried chicken and cream pies. She was interested in many things and was very receptive to new ideas.
The Bartlett’s moved to Butler around 1913 where Roy opened his own business in loans, insurance and farm financing. He later worked for the Kansas City Life Insurance Company as farm loan inspector and operated the famous Sunnyside Plantation. After his retirement he assisted his son-in-law, Emmett Kling, in Kling’s monument business.
Photo taken at loan office:
117 West Ohio Street, Butler, Mo.
Daisy passed away September 11, 1969. Roy passed away August 30, 1976. They are buried in Oak Hill Cemetery, Butler, Missouri
Roy and Daisy had five daughters. Agnes Magdalene was born July 16, 1913 on the Bartlett farm near Highway 52 and Y in Bates County. Helen Bertha was born (date blocked - still living) in Butler. Ruth Esther was born on October 25, 1919. Maude Louise was born August 28, 1921. She died February 1, 1922 of pneumonia and was buried in a casket made by her father next to her grandmother, Agnes Magdalene Seelinger, in Oak Hill Cemetery, Butler. Royce Johannes was born two days later, on February 3, 1922 in Butler.