Moser, Cora “Lela”

Lela Moser, c. 1896.

Class of 1896

Birth: 4 Mar 1875, North Carolina
Death: 2 May 1963, Cabarrus County, North Carolina

Titus Augustus Moser (1851-1915)
Mary Catherine Boyette (1850-1923)

Isabelle “Belle” Moser Meisenheimer (1871–1905)
Clarence Edward Moser (18721942)
Clara Irene Moser Barnhardt (18771974)
Margaret Lenora Moser Misenheimer (1878-1950)
Walter Frederick Moser (18811946)
Ralph Herbert Moser (18821923)
Dora Moser Misenheimer (18881931)
Ruth Moser Dry (18911951)
Pauline Moser

Spouse: George Franklin Barnhardt (1863-1943)
Marriage: 26 May 1897

Voight McKinley Barnhardt (1898-1957)
Helen Gladys Barnhardt (1899-1987)
Alma Eloise Barnhardt Foil (1905-1989)
Vera Gwendolyn Barnhardt Winecoff (19081987)
Doris Evelyn Barnhardt Parker (19121987)

Oakwood Cemetery, Concord, Cabarrus County, North Carolina, USA
Source:,# 139109971


The Standard (Concord, NC), 11 Jun 1896, p. 1.

…A medal was awarded to Miss Lela Moser for highest grades in all departments. The medal was presented by Dr. Voigt in his own witty and impressive style. The diplomas were then presented, when Miss Lela Moser delivered the valedictory in a very tender and affectional manner. An instrumental sextet followed, when it was announced that Misses Lela Moser, Rosa Wyse and Connie Cline had attained to first honor and Miss Julia Hentz to second honor.


The Standard (Concord, NC), 3 Jun 1897, p. 4.


The marriage of Mr. George F. Barnhardt and Miss Cora L. Moser, which occurred Wednesday night at the home of the bride’s father, Mr. Titus A. Moser, in No. 8 township, was quite a pretty affair. There were no attendants, the wedding being of a quite nature.

Promptly at 7:30 o’clock the bride entered the parlor on the arm of the groom, and there in the presence of the home circle and a few intimate friends, Rev. S. D. Steffey, of St. Johns’, assisted by Rev. J. C. Moser, of Hickory, performed the ceremony that made the couple husband and wife.

After a round of congratulations another important feature occurred. It was the wedding supper – an elaborate spread of good things to eat, and to which all present did not fail to do ample justice.

To Mr. and Mrs. Barnhardt The Standard extends its heartiest congratulations and wishes for a long, happy and useful life.


The Charlotte News (Charlotte, NC), 17 May 1933.



Please accept the heartfelt thanks of a sorrowing mother for the kind words of sympathy for my son expressed in an article headed “A Hero’s Reward” which appeared on the editorial page of a recent issue of your paper, and which I have just had the pleasure of reading.

I feel that you have summarized the case so truly and just as I have thought for the last few years, but I could not put into words so well.

Such sympathy and understanding have been so rare in his and my experience that we are indeed grateful but it is hard to find words to express that gratitude. But I am sure you are very understanding and I know will understand with few words what I try to tell.

When Voight first spoke of volunteering to reassure me he said the Government would care for him should he be disabled and I told him then I feared the only reward or glory he would get would be to be forever after known as “that one-legged or one-eyed Barnhardt,” and now insane is added.

Soon after my son went ot France he wrote me he had applied for the full amount of War Risk insurance so that I need have no further fear but that he would be provided for if he became disabled. Then the day before they were sent into the trenches, his commander called his men together and almost in tears told them that unless they were killed or entirely disabled, their insurance policies were as worthless as that other famous “Scrap of Paper.”

After being discharged, when he asked to have his insurance converted he was curtly informed that owing to the great extent of his disability, he would not get it done, except at a cost hrohibitive to one of his impaired earning ability.

Now the profiteers and slackers go blithely on their way and when he asks for simple justice is sneeringly told to “quit bellyaching and show a little patriotism.”

One is moved to ask, with the veteran from South Carolina a few weeks ago in The Observer, “What price patriotism?” and to exclaim to that Democracy for which they fought to make the world safe, Oh Democracy: What crimes are committed in thy name!

Gold Str mothers or many of them at least had a quick ending of suspense and afterwards a trip to their son’s graves. I had almost two years of terror and dread and except for a brief respite 15 years of almost constant anxiety and care. And now I cannot even assure him that his few precious toos will be saved for him, ” So that I may at least have a little something to look forward to when I get out of here” as he so pitifully begs and which assurance I have no doubt would hasten his recovery.

I read of poppy sales and various kinds of organizations to care for the comfort of disabled soldiers. I wonder if any of these has seen that he has anything to read to help pass the lonely hours, or any food suitable for one in his condition?

Perhaps I should not bother you with my poor troubles but maybe you will understand that after so many years of worry and repression, it is a case of “The Heart Compelled.”

And the end is not yet. What, Oh what I ask myself almost hopeless years ahead hold for my poor broken boy”



The Charlotte Observer (Charlotte, NC), 4 May 1963, p. 2.

CONCORD – Mrs. Lela Moser Barnhardt, 88, died Friday at a local nursing home. Funeral 4 p.m. today at St. John Lutheran Church.

Survivors daughters, Miss Gladys Barnhardt, Mrs. Eloise B. Foil, both of Charlotte. Mrs. James H. Parker of Somerdale, N.J., Mrs. R. Glenn Winecoff of Concord: sisters, Mrs. Scott Haddick of Monroe, La., Mrs. J. O. Barnhardt of Badin.