James w stobaugh b iowa interesting obit
James W. Stobaugh Jan^ W. Stobaugh. 79, of 8009 Campbell, retired Western Union area supervisor who dispatched telegrams to President Harry S. Truman and Russian Premier Joseph Stalin inviting inviting them to meet at his Independence residence to talk peace, died Friday at Research Medical Center. He was born in Fort Madison. Iowa, and lived in Independence 70 years before before moving to Kansas City. Mr. Stobaugh was in charge of wire chiefs at Western Union here in 1949 when he offered his 7-room bungalow in Independence as the site for a meeting meeting which he thought might ease Cold War tensions that had developed between between the World War II allies. In suggesting suggesting his home as the site rather than plush surroundings. Mr. Sto- bau^ said in the telegram to lYuman and cablegram to Stalin. “. . . My nei^bors and all Independence would be honored to be hosts to such a gathering, gathering, and we feel that the setting and the friendliness of this great Midwest will produce worthwhile results.” He began his 52-year career with the telegraph comimny in 1909 as a messenger messenger and retired in 1961 as operations operations supervisor for a 6-state area including including Missouri. Kansas, Nebraska. Oklahoma, Colorado and Wyoming. He was a founder of the Retired West- UnioP Employees Association. em Shortly before retiring in 1961 he assisted in the installation of a Western Western Union station for the Air Force in Japan. He was a member of the Dot and Dash Telegra^ Club and the North American Swiss Alliance. Mr. Stobaugh was an Army veteran of World War I and a member of the Tirey J. Ford American Legion Post. He was a member of the Reorganized Latter Day Saint Overland Park Church. He leaves his wife, Mrs. Helen E. Stobaugh Stobaugh of the home; a son, Kenneth E. Stobaugh, Nauvoo, 111.; two daughters, Mrs. Viola Smith, 1520 E. Kansas, Independence, Independence, and Mrs. Marjorie Trinkl, 9917 Mastín, Overland Park; two brottiers. Mason H. Stobaugh, Grain Valley in Jackson County, and Stanley J. Stobaugh. Stobaugh. Anaheim, Calif.; four sisters, Mrs. Viola M. Davidscm and Mrs. Edna E. Ladd, both of 9604 E. 9th, and Mrs. Mary E. Helm, 1510 S. Hardy, aU of Énde^ pendence, and Mrs. Effîe C. Hunter, E^yUm, Ohio; six granddiildren and two great-granckhildren. Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday at the Speaks Chapel; burial in Mound Grove CJemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the chapel. The family r^uests no flowers and su^ests contnbutions to charity.