More than three decades ago, Debra Underwood, CPA, opened Underwood and Associates in Neosho with one employee - herself - on Nov. 1, 1989.

More than three decades ago, Debra Underwood, CPA, opened Underwood and Associates in Neosho with one employee - herself - on Nov. 1, 1989.
According to Underwood, her first location was on the Neosho Downtown Square.
"We've been in Neosho the whole time," Underwood said. "We moved here, to this house, in 2001."
The current location at 335 S. Wood Street is one Neosho's most familiar vintage homes, often known as the Heaton House, named for the original owner.
"It was built in 1902," Underwood said. "By a man named Heaton. He built it as a castle for his queen and they, or she, lived her a long time, until the late 1950s."
The house is a Queen Anne style and original owner, Warren Heaton was a local businessman at the turn of the last century, involved with the Neosho Foundry and Machine Shop, cigar factory, a milling plant, and the Mutual Manufacturing Company. He is also known as the original inventor of the augur post-hole digger. Later owners of the property included Clarence M. Schultz, a park superintendent at George Washington Carver and his wife, Emily.
A hitching post from the Heaton era remains in the yard and a wall separating the lawn from the public sidewalk still bears the Heaton name. A plaque designating the home as a local favorite in 1992 is also set in the wall.
"The house has a lot of the original (features), including 5 fireplaces," Underwood said.
Underwood and Associates provides tax management services, estate planning, elder accounting, payroll services, small business associates, household accounting,
Underwood's background in accounting, payroll, tax services and auditing provides the basis for the firm's success.
The firm's mission statement, according to their website, is "Our mission is to help clients maintain financial viability in the present, while taking a proactive approach to achieve future goals. This requires open communication to reach an understanding of our clients' needs through research and sound analysis. Underwood & Associates, PC is dedicated to meeting these goals with high standards of excellence and professionalism. We have been a staple of the area's business community for years, and pride ourselves on the level of esteem we have earned.
Our dedication to hard work has earned the respect of the business and financial community in and around the area. We believe this to be a direct derivative of our talent and responsiveness to our client base. Whether you are a current or prospective client, rest assured that individuals and businesses who choose Underwood & Associates, PC receive competent and timely advice."
Underwood and Associates PC, Certified Public Accounts is located at 335 South Wood Street in Neosho. Their hours are 8-5 Monday through Friday year round and from 9-1 on Saturdays from January 1 through April 15 (tax season). Visit their website at http://www.underwoodcpa.net/ or call 417-451-5749.