Luther Johnson Slavens, a former resident of Buffalo and Hermitage, died at his home in Washington, D.C., last week after a long illness. Funeral services were conducted there Satturday. His wife, Mrs. Josephine Lindsey Slavens, died two months ago. He was 92 years old.
Mr. Slavens as a youth lived in Buffalo and a number of years ago he wrote a number of articles concerning the early history of Buffalo and Dallas county, which were published in the Reflex. He spent most of his life in the Missouri Ozarks. He taught school and for four years was postmaster at Urbana. In 1884 he moved to Hermitage where he pubIished the paper for about two years. He was admitted to the bar in 1893 and one year later was elected judge of the probate court. He served two terms.
He also was in the mercantile business in Hermitage for several years. In 1918 he moved to Washington with his family to help organize a bank. He remained there as one of the bank’s attorneys. His father, James Slavens, was Springfield’s first Methodist minister.
Among the survivors are a nephew, Zenas Slavens, of 811 Cherry street; one son, Joseph Rountree Slavens of Caldwell, Idaho, and four daughters Mary and Nellie Slavens, Mrs. Bernice Binge and Mrs. Irene Donohoe, all of Washington.
The Buffalo (Missouri) Reflex, November 19, 1939.