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Allen County, Kansas

News Items and other information extracted for these dates: November 1917 thru June 1928

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Information for these surnames,
extracted from source dated Monday, November 19, 1917 by Gayle Campbell

Taken from the Friskel Funeral Home files

W. E. Rutledge, died Nov 1917 Buried 19 Nov. 1917
Last residence - Wichita Falls - Quanah, Texas

Information for these surnames,
extracted from source dated Tuesday, February 20, 1923 by Al2006

Taken from the Iola Dailly Register, Monday Evening, February, 26, 1923.

An Obituary of Mrs. Rebecca Mazona Morgan

Miss Rebecca Mazona Harvey was born May 14, 1843, in North Carolina, Halifax County, near Halifax in 1844 and moved with her parents to Virginia in 1852, then moving with her parents to Jeffersonville, Ind. At the age of 20 years she united with the Methodist church and has ever lived a devoted Christian. In the year 1871 she moved with her parents to Bourbon county, Kansas. In 1873 she was united in marriage to J T Morgan. In the year 1911 she moved with her husband to Gas City, Kansas, where she resided until death. Our step-mother was 79 years, 9 months and 4 days old. She leaves to mourn her loss one brother, James Harvey of Gas City, one step-son, J D Morgan of Redfield, Kans., and one step-daughter, Rebecca Hixon of Bronson, Kans. and a number of other relatives and friends. Funeral services were conducted by the Rev. B.W. Hugg at the Gas City M.E. Church Monday morning at 10 o'clock. Interment was made in the Gas City cemetery.

Information for these surnames,
extracted from source dated Wednesday, February 21, 1923 by Al2006

Taken from the Iola Daily Resgiter, Wednesday, 28-February-1923. Pg 4

Obituary - J.M. Plouch

J.M. Pouch was born February 18, 1851 at Fairhaven, Illinois. At the age of eighteen, he left Illinois, coming with his parents to Uniontown, Kansas, where he settled. He was married to Docia V. Armstrong on September 6, 1883. To this union was born five girls, Lizzie, Golda, Katie, Bessie and Gertrude. He resided in Uniontown until the year 1901 when he came to Gas, Kansas, where he lived until 1913 at which time he moved to Colorado and proved up a homestead. After five years in Colorado, he came back to Gas, Kansas, where he resided until his death, which occurred on Wednesday, February 21, 1923 at 12:45 a.m. aged 72 years and 3 days. He is survived by his widow, Docia U. Plouch of Gas, three daughters, Mrs. A. R. Thornton of Colorado Springs, Mrs. L. L. Black of Bartlesville, Okla., and Mrs. Jack Provolt of Bartlesville. Okla., six grandchildren and two brothers, Albert Plouch of El Dorado Springs, Mo., and Westley Plouch of Eureka Springs, Ark., and a sister, Lucinda Wilson of Coal, Missouri, and a number of nieces and nephews. He was a man who had suffered many years but waa only confined to his bed of sickness a few days. He was of Christian faith, living a straight and honorable life, always a kind and loving husband and father.

The funeral services were conducted by the Rev. Benn Wynn Hugg at the Gas Methodist church on Sunday, February 25th. Interment was made in Highland cemetery Iola.

Information for these surnames,
extracted from source dated Thursday, February 22, 1923 by Al2007

From the Iola Register, Saturday Evening, March 3, 1923.

Obituary - William T. Davis

William T. Davis was born somewhere in New York State Dec. 25, 1834 and departed this life Feb. 22, 1923, his age being 88 years, 1 month, 27 days. When a small child he with his parents moved to Ohio. Both of his parents died when he was 12 years of age. He later worked his way through the college of Columbus, Ohio. He came to Savannah, Mo., and later was married to Betty Hankins of that place who preceded him to the better world 40 years ago.

When the call for volunteers was made for the civil war he enlisted in Company C. 12th Regiment of the Missouri Cavalry on the 7th day of Sept. 1863. He server three years and was honorably discharged on the 16th of April 1866 at Ft. Leavenworth, Kans.

He then served two years in the Indian was, traveling by wagon train under Gen. Sherman to Cheyene, Wyoming. Then with his family he came back to Kansas and settled on the farm on Deer Creek in 1869 on which he has resided ever since.

Three children were born to this union, Mattie Bell Hackney of Delta, Colorado, James A Davis and Emma Mae Robinson of this place. Three grandchildren, Beulah May Johnson of Topeka, Kans., Vernon William Drennen of Marceline, Mo., and Leo Davis Robinson of this place and one great grandchild, Mary Jean Drennen of Marceline, Mo.

"Uncle Billy" as he was familiaryly known was a man of culture and refinement, kind and considerate of others and to know him was to love him. His illness was brief only lasting 24 hours - when he fell asleep - the sleep of peace, leaving the memory of a beautiful life.

Information for these surnames,
extracted from source dated Sunday, March 4, 1923 by Al2007

From the Iola Register, Monday Evening, March 5, 1923.

Doctor Bass is Dead

It is with deep regret that the Register announces the death of Dr. J.S. Bass which occurred at one o'clock Sunday afternoon, March 4, death resulting from pneumonia following an attach of the flu.

Doctor Bass, a full-blood Negro, was born a slave, but he made himself a man. In the face of obstacles that innumerable multitudes of men would have deemed insuperable, he drove his unaided way through the schools until he becamse a college graduate and was admitted to the practice of medicine. He came to Iola many years ago and soon established himself as a good physician, a good man and a good citizen. His professional skill was such that he numbered many white people among his patients, while his personal character was so conspicuous for lofty ideals and high-minded integrity that he very soon came to command the respect and confidence and dordial good will of the entire community. His influence among his own people was always steadying and uplifting. He was deeply devoted to them and the great motive of his life was to help them to overcome the handicap of their color and condition. For the past two years he has given all the time he could possibly spare from his own work and much that he ought not to have spared, to the effort to secure for the Colored people of Iola a community center, a place where they could gather for the promotion of their social life and to consider matters that speciallly interested them. For some time he has not been in the best of health and repeatedly he has expressed to the writer of these lines the hope that he might be spared to complete that work. That wish was not granted for there still remains some hundreds of dollard to be raised before the property will be all paid for. But the Colored People of Iola could not do anything that would so honor themselves as to press forward with this enterprise, complete it, and make it a memorial to Doctor Bass. In his last illness Dr. Bass had the constant, skilled and loving attention of his son, also a physician, who dropped his practice in Pittsburg in order to be with his father. The white physicians of the town were called into consultation, a call to which they readily responded, for there is not one of them who has not held Dr. Bass in the highest personal and professional esteem. Everything, therefore, was done that could be done, but in his weakened condition there was not vitality enough left to overcome the attack, and the end came at one o'clock yesterday. The entire community will deeply sympathize with the bereaved family and will feel that Iola has lost an honored and very useful citizen.

The funeral will be held at 3 o'clock on Tuesday afternoon from the A. M. K. church and will be followed by burial in Highland Cemetery.

From the Iola Register, Tuesday evening, March 6, 1923.

Obituary - Dr. J.S. Bass

John Silas Bass, whose death on Sunday afternoon as 12:49 o'clock was noted in yesterday's Register, was born in Giles County, Tennessee on Decemter 2, 1848, and died at his home, 424 North street, Iola, Kansas on March 4, 1923.

Dr. Bass lived in Tennessee until 1902. Having finished the medical course at Meharry Medical College at Nashville, Tenn., he practiced medicine in Murfreesboro until he moved to Iola, Kansas. Here he has resided continuously, going in and out among its citizenship, making a host of friends. He has practiced medicine actively since 1878. Dr. Bass was one of the volunteers that went to Chattanooga, Tenns., during the Yellow Fever epidemic, for which service he was highly complimented by the public in many published and oral communications.

Dr. Bass was the father of six children, one which, Hattie Bass, having preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife, Fannie N. Bass, and his five children, John S. Bass, Jr., of Iola, Dr. L.N. Bass of Pittsburg, Kansas, Mrs. Nannie M. Gordon of Kansas City, Mo., Mr. William George Bass of Kansas City, Mo., and Miss Lillian F. Bass of Iola. Also four grandchildren, Fannie E. Gordon, Evenlyn L. Lucas, George Bass Lucas and Lewis Bass, Jr., also a brother, Rev. L.N. Bass of Horation, Arkansas.

Dr. Bass was the oldest living graduate of the school from which he graduated. He also was in the second class ever graduated by the school, there being only three member of the class of 1878. He was born a slave, went through the civil war as a cart boy to Capt. Summer, went through the reconstruction period, Ku Klux Klan and the drawbacks that followed his freedom. He immediately began to acquire an education, taught school for awhile, became an ordained minister in the African Methodist Church. Then he began to study medicine.

Dr. Bass's life has been one of action and his one aim in life was to be of service to his friends and to his community.

The funeral services were held this afternoon at 2 o'clock from the A.M.E. Church with a large number of friends in attendance. The floral tributes were numerous and beautiful attesting the esteem in which he was held and the sympathy of hir friends and neighbors. Burial was made in Highland cemetery.

Information for these surnames,
extracted from source dated Saturday, August 30, 1924 by Al2006

Taken from the Iola Daily Register, Tuesday Evening, 02-Sep-1924.

Obituary - C.A. Wentworth

Charles Wentworth was born at Burlington, Ia. March 30, 1854 and died at his home, 806 East street, Iola, Kan., August 30, 1924, aged 70 years and 5 months.

Mr. Wentworth grew to manhood in Iowa, coming later to Eldorado Springs, Mo., and for the last twelve years has lived in Iola, from which place he has covered the most of Kansas as a traveling salesman.

He was united in marriage to Miss Sarah Jones in Marshall County, Ia. on December 25, 1877, to which union ten children were born, three of whom have proceded their father.

Mr. Wentworth was a member of the W.O.W. lodge. Prior to coming to Iola, he was a member of the Methodist church but recently was a member of the Central Christian church having enlisted during the ministry of Rev. A.P. Wilson in Iola. He leaves to mourn his loss, his devoted wife and sever children: Byron of San Pedro, Cal.; Mrs. Grace Peterman of Fort Scott; Mrs. Nelle Hamill of Griswell, Ia.; Miss Gladys Wentworth of Iola; Mrs. Cora Baker of Iola; Chancey Wentworth of Long Beach, Cal.; and Mrs. Elsie Wells of Iola; 13 grandchildren and a host of friends.

The funeral services were held from the Sleeper chapel Monday morning at 10 o'clock with the Rev. Noah W.A. Gilber, pastor ot the Trinity Methodist church officiating. Music was furnished by Miss Phillips, Mrs. Landis, Felter Huntley and Prof and Mrs. Geo. Waite..

Information for these surnames,
extracted from source dated Sunday, May 13, 1928 by Al1928

Obituary from the Iola Register, Wednesday, May 16, 1928.

Mrs. Silas Long Emily J. Pottinger Long was born at Crawfordsville, Ind., December 19, 1845, and departed this life at Iola, May 13, 1928, at the age of 82 year, 4 months and 13 days.

She spent her girlhood days in Indiana. She was united in marriage to silas Long, September 29, 1862, who departed this life December 21, 1926. This happy union extended over a period of 64 years. Ten children were born to this union.

She leaves to mourn her going six living children: Elmer of Miami, Okla; Ora of Blue Mound; Dave, Irving, Walker and Mrs. Eva McKean, of Iola. Four children are dead, two dying in infancy; Lucky D., who died December 14, 1926, and W.A., who died April 12, 1928. There are 27 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren.

Mrs. Long confessed her faith in Jesus Christ at the age of 15, uniting with the Chirstian church. During all these years she has been true to her Christ and very few church services were held that she was not present.

She and her husband came to Kansas and homesteaded near Bronson where they lived for 31 years. They then moved to Gas City, Kans. where they made their home for 20 years. The last seven years were spent in Iola.

Funeral services were held Monday at the Christian church, conducted by the Rev. J.Lee Releford. The services were uniqaue and very impressive. The church choir sang some of the old hymns. Dr. Frantz offered and impressive prayer and the sermon was extemporaneous. A great number of scripture references were used, all of them selected from markings from her own thumb-worn Bible. The lesson showed a beautiful walk with Christ on earth, until the gates swung oopen in the next world. Mrs. Wade Adams sang as a solo "In the Garden."

Burial was in Highland Cemetery.

Information for these surnames,
extracted from source dated Wednesday, May 16, 1928 by Al1928

from the Iola Register, Wednesday, May, 16, 1928.

Harry Grimm, who passed away at his home in Iola, was laid to rest in the LaHarpe Cemetery last Sunday.

Information for these surnames,
extracted from source dated Thursday, June 14, 1928 by Al1928

from the Iola Daily Register, Monday, June 18, 1928.

James A. Smith of 401 North Third Street, died June 14, 1928, at 2:05 o'clock at the Johnson hospital, Chanute, Kansas, aged 48 years.

Mr. Smith was born September 20, 1879, at Athelston, Iowa. He was married July 5, 1901 to Maude M. Burchett of Neal, Kan. To this union ten children were born, five of whom died in infancy.

Mr. Smith is survived by his widow, Mrs. Maude Smith, and five children: Fred Lee, Eldorado; Mrs. Lyle Lindsay, Nowata, Okla; Mary, Roma and Buddie Smith, Jr. of the home; a brother, Jess Smith, Imogene, Iowa; one sister, Elizabeth Shaw of Tabor, Iowas, his father, Mr. James Smith, of Tobor, Iowa and 2 grandchildren.

Burial was in Highland cemetery.

Information for these surnames,
extracted from source dated Friday, June 15, 1928 by Al1928

from the Iola Daily Register, June 16, 1928.

Miss Mildred Oliver, of Carlyle, and Mr. John Baker, of Iola, were married June 16, at Erie, Kansas, by the probate judge.

The bridegroom is a young farmer of this vicinity, and they will reside in Iola for the present.

Information for these surnames,
extracted from source dated Friday, June 15, 1928 by Al1928

from the Iola Register, Friday, June 15, 1928.

Storminger-Ensminger Miss Gladys Ann Storminger, daughter of Mrs. Frances Storminger, of Mount Vernon, N.Y., and Mr. Alpha A. Ensminger, son of Mr. Phillip Ensminger, of near Moran, were married this morning at 9:30 o'clock, June 15, at the iola courthouse, the Rev. G.T. andrews of the Methodist Episcopal church of LaHarpe officiating.

They were accompanied by Miss Grace Ensminger, sister of the bridegroom, and Mr. Hardy Green.

Information for these surnames,
extracted from source dated Saturday, June 16, 1928 by Al1928

from the Iola Daily Register, Tuesday, June 19, 1928

Oscar M. Kunkelman Oscar Kunkelman, son of Monroe and Mary Kunkelman, was born in Illinois, April 29, 1859, and passed away at his home in Iola at 8:16 o'clock Saturday evening, June 16, 1928, at the age of 69 years, 1 month and 18 days.

He was united in marriage to Hattie E. Herring, February 24, 1890, at Columbus, Kansas. To this union were born four daughters and two sons.

When a young man he was converted to the christian faith and joined the Methodist Episcopal church in which he has been a faithful worker. His membership was transferred to the Trinity M.E. church, Iola, Kansas, in 1918, and was continued there until his call to the Church Triumphant.

Mr. Kunkelman had been in poor health for several years. Death came from complication hastened by erysipelas contracted ten weeks ago.

He is survived by his wife, Hattie E. Kunkelman; four daughters, Mrs. William H. Palmer, of Gas City; Misses Edith, Mae and Clarice Kunkelman, and one son, Floyd Oscar of the home. One son, Earl Newton, preceded him in death in 1908 at the age of twelve years. Two grandchildren, Elmer and Elizabeth Palmer, two sisters, Mrs. Barbara White, of Centralia, Ill, Mrs. Mary Crandall, of Rolla, Mo, one brother-in-law, John W. Garritson, of Columbus, Kansas, and many ot her relatives and friends also survive.

Funeral services were held at the home, 230 South Tennessee street, June 18, 1928, and his body was taken Tuesday to McCune, Crawford County, Kansas, where it was laid to rest beside that of his son, Earl.

Information for these surnames,
extracted from source dated Monday, June 18, 1928 by Al1928

from the Iola Daily Register, Monday, June 18, 1928.

Mrs. S.T. Enfield, who lived near Lincoln, dies at home in Iola.

Mrs. S.T. Enfield, 81 years old, died at her home, 401 South Jefferson street, at 7:07 o'clock this morning after a serious illness of only a week.

Mrs. Enfield lived in Allen county from 1899 until her death.

Having lived in the neighborhood of Abraham Lincoln during her girlhood, Mrs. Enfield could recall having seen the martyred president several times.

Christened Lieutisha a. Wilcox, Mrs. Enfield was born in Boone County, Indiana, April 23, 1847.With her parents she moved to Illinois and later to Boone County, Iowa, where she met S.T. Enfield. They were married October 16t, 1870, at Boone, Iowa, living there until 1899 at which time they settled on a farm southwest of Iola.

In 1910, the Enfield family moved to Iola. Mr. Enfield died in March 1918. One son, A. R. Enfield, city attorney, sailed for France the day of his hather's death and did not receive news of the event until nearly two months later.

Survivors include: four sons, William H., north of Iola; Arthur C., an employe of the Iola Ice company; Charles M., 401 South Jefferson, and A. Ray, 617 East Broadway; four daughters, Mrs. Cora Burns, 401 Sourth Jefferson; Mrs. D.A. Wisecup, Longmont, Colo., and Mrs. E.L. Sloan and Mrs. Arden W. Williams both of Kennesburg, Colo.; two brothers, J.E. Wilcox and W.H. Wilcox, both of Cooper, Ia.; a sister, Mrs. Mattie Bundy, Boone, Ia; eighteen grandchildren and four great grandchildren. One son, Clifford Enfield died at the age of 12.

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