SOLOMON T. UPTON FAMILY
By Jane (Martin) Hurley, 1981
Solomon T. and Lucy Alice (Sconce) Upton were refugees from the waters of the Lake of the Ozarks. When the Lake filled up their former home was under water. They moved to the Aurora Springs area and their children all remained not far from there the rest of their lives. Mr. Upton was a farmer. He had been afflicted with what would probably be diagnosed as polio as a child and he was crippled but still worked and provided for his family.
These people spent their young years in the post Civil War period and lived through the Great Depression years. These were times of economic hardships for the whole country and the Lake of the Ozarks area faced them too. Mr. and Mrs. Upton were like many people of their times, the days were filled with hard work.
Solomon Turpin and Lucy Alice (Sconce) Upton are buried at Salem Cemetery near Eldon. His father, her parents and several grandchildren are buried there also. Their children are Lola, Bessie, Dessie, Noble and Emmaline. Lola Hicks is deceased after a long life. Bessie Martin, Dessie Wells, Noble Upton and Emmaline Teal all live in or near Eldon.
Both Mr. and Mrs. Upton's fathers served in the same regiment of Union soldiers in the Civil War. They had flour and corn meal ground at the Mill at Gravois Mills when mills were important commerce institutions and they moved to Aurora Springs when it was a striving health spa.