Allen County, Kansas, News Items and other information extracted for these dates:

Allen County, Kansas

News Items and other information extracted for these dates: May 1930 thru February 1940

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Information for these surnames,
extracted from source dated Friday, May 2, 1930 by Al1930

reprinted from the Humboldt Union, Thursday, May 8, 1930.

Death of George McElheney

George McElheney, an old time Humboldt boy of the early day, passed away at his home in Wichita, late last week. His funeral was held Monday afternoon and burial was in Wichita. Acute indigestion is given as the cause of his death. George was a pupil in the Humboldt school in the days of the old stone school house and the McElheney family is well and favorably known by citizens of those days.

Information for these surnames,
extracted from source dated Thursday, May 8, 1930 by Al1930

reprinted from the Humboldt Union, , 1930.


Andy Ritter, an old timer, passed away at 4 o'clock this morning at his home, northwest corner Cherokee and 10th street. He has been ill for a number of years and for the past ten months practically confined to his home. Mrs. Ritter was Mary Lassman, daughter of the late Williams Lassman, Humboldt's first brick mason, and sister of the late Mrs. John Rath. His brother, Joseph Ritter, with his son, arrived from Independence, this morning. At this hour funeral arrangements had not been completed.

Information for these surnames,
extracted from source dated Monday, May 12, 1930 by Al1930

reprinted from the Humboldt Union, May 15, 1930.


Miss Lottie May Cation, of Savonburg and Mr. H.L. Behrnson , of Chanute were married Monday afternoon, May 12, at the Ralph Lister home in Humboldt. Rev. W.E. Hall, pastor of the Pilgrim Holiness church performed the ceremony. The service was solemnized in the presence of a number of relatives and friends.

The young couple will make their home on a farm near Savonburg.

Information for these surnames,
extracted from source dated Monday, January 5, 1931 by Al2006

from obituary in the Iola Daily Register, January 3, 1931.

Robert Gillespie Dies in Geneva; Burial Today

Robert Gillespie, 75-year-old retired Allen county farmer, died Saturday night at the home of his daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. John Cramer, in Geneva. Mr. Gillespie's death came on the 75th birthday of his wife, who survives him. The funeral was held this afternoon at 2:30 in the Waugh funeral home here. Burial being made in the LaHarpe cemetery. The Rev. J. Lee Releford officiated.

Mr. Gillespie had lived in Allen county for 24 years. He came to this part of the country from Kentucky, the state of his birth. He was a steam shovel operator in the days of the old Kansas Portland cement plant at Concreto. After the operation of the plant was suspended he became a farmer. During the past several years he and Mrs. Gillespie alternated their place of residence between Kansas City, where their son, Frank, lives, and the Geneva home of their daughter.

The son and daughter, besides the widow, are the only survivors of Mr. Gillespie's immediate family.

Mr. Gillespie was ill but a few days prior to his death.

Information for these surnames,
extracted from source dated Tuesday, August 23, 1932 by Al2003

Extracted from the Iola Register, 31-Aug-1932.

W.S. Lytle, son of Levi Mortimer and Mary Wright Lytle, was born in Illinois on 01-May-1858, and passed away at his home, 311 North street, Iola, Kansas, on August 23, 1932, at the age of seventy-four years, three months, and 23 days after an illness of several weeks.

He came to Kansas with his widowed mother at the age of twelve years and settled in Allen county, in which place he attended school and grew to young manhood.

He was married on June 9, 1889 at Iola to Miss Anna Montgomery. To this union were born seven children, two having died in infancy.

Mr. Lytle is survived by his wife, Mrs. Anna Lytle, and four children, Mrs. C.S. Stuteville of Humboldt, C.M. Lytle, of Erie, Kansas; T.W. Lytle, and A.B. Lytle of Iola. One daughter, Mrs. Floy Tweedy, preceded him in death May 4, 1921. Also he is survived by ten grandchildren.

At the time of his death Mr. Lytle was a member of the United Brethren church of Iola.

Information for these surnames,
extracted from source dated Friday, October 7, 1932 by Al2006

reprinted with permission from the Humboldt Union, October 13, 1932.


Sarah Ann Berger-Wilson

Sarah Ann Berger was born February 25, 1866, at Indianola, Iowa. She was the daughter of Darius and Elizabeth Berger. The mother died in Iowa in 1872. Soon after this the family moved to Butler county, Kansas, where the father died in 1878.

Mrs. Wilson was the sixth child of a family of ten children and was the last member of her family to receive and answer the call to her heavenly home.

She was married to James Wilson January 4, 1880 at Humboldt, Kansas and they made their home on the homestead four miles west of Humboldt, until the spring of 1902 when they moved to their home in Humboldt where she answered the call of her Heavenly Father October 7, 1932. Mr. Wilson passed away December 28, 1928.

To this union were born three children: William, who passed away in 1901; Mrs. Florence Strieby, and Miss Mary L. Wilson of Humboldt, Kansas.

Mr. and Mrs. Wilson united with the Methodist Episcopal church of Humboldt September 24, 1899, during the ministry of F W Fenn. She was a member of the Lawton Circle, Ladies of the G.A.R., and was very active in both church and circle as long as her health would permit.

Mr. and Mrs. Wilson were the last of the member of their families to pass out through the sunset of life.

Mrs. Wilson leave to mourn her departure, two daughters, Mrs. Florence Strieby, Humboldt, Kansas and Miss Mary of the home, and three grandchildren, Mary Helen, Charles and Margaret Strieby, with many friends in the church, circle and community.

Funeral services were conducted in the home Sunday afternoon, October 9, by the pastor, the Rev. C V Shulenber, and interement was in the Dewitt cemetery.

Information for these surnames,
extracted from source dated Sunday, June 28, 1936 by Marilynn Howard

Obituary from Iola Register, Monday, June 29, 1936:

Death of Mrs. E.M. East

Funeral Will be Held Tomorrow at Christian Church.

The funeral of Mrs. E.M. East whose death occurred at her home, 401 North Oak, yesterday evening will be held in the Christian church tomorrow at 2:30 p.m. THe Rev. J.Lee Releford will conduct the services and burial will be in Highland cemetery.

The body will lie in state at the Waugh funeral home until noon tomorrow.

Mrs. East was born in Bushnell, Ill., and came to Allen county with her parents while still a child. They settled on a homestead near Walnut where she lived until her marriage to Mr. East, at which time they moved to Pittsburg where Mr. East was associated with the smelters there. In 1901 they moved to Iola where they have lived since.

Mrs. East is survived by her husband, four sons, six daughters, 22 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.

Her sons are Denver and George, both of Henrietta, Okla.; Luther of Iola, and Ren of Burlington. The daughters are Mrs. May [Mae E.] Shiffler, New Orleans; Mrs. Bertha Peterman, Iola; Mrs. Rhoda Anderson, Mrs. Stella Martin, and Mrs. Ruth Scott all of Kansas City, Mo., and Mrs. Lena [Rena] Woodard of Pittsburgh, Kansas.

[Laura C. Snook was born 9/19/1862 and died 6/28/1936.]

Information for these surnames,
extracted from source dated Wednesday, May 10, 1939 by Al2007

From the Iola Register, Wednesday evening, May 10, 1939.

Death Today of Evan B. Tweedy

Evan B. Tweedy, 77, died this morning at his home at 902 South State.

Mr. Tweedy was born in Shelby county, Ill. He had lived in Iola for the past three years, coming here from Altoona. He was a retired farmer.

His wife preceded him in death some time ago, but he is survived by two sons, W.A. and Fred Tweedy, both of Iola; a daughter, Mrs. A.J. Burton of Eureka; two brothers, L.A. Tweedy of Iola and J.W. Tweedy of Humboldt; one sister, Mrs. J.R. Klein of Mound Valley, Kas.; 13 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

A short service will be conducted by the Rev. J. Lee Releford tomorrow morning at 10 o'clock at the Releford funeral home. The body will then be taken to Hartford, Kas., where the funeral will be held tomorrow afternoon at 3 o'clock at the Christian church. Burial will be in Hartford.

Information for these surnames,
extracted from source dated Thursday, January 25, 1940 by Teresa Hoddy

KS Newspaper Obituary

Mrs. Earl Hoddy (Nannie Olive Mitchell Hoddy), of Yates Center, died Thursday night at her home in Yates Center. She had been in poor health for several months. Besides her husband and two sons, Mrs. Hoddy is survived by three sisters, Mrs. B. E. McGinnis and Mrs. Stella Lineback, both of Iola, and Mrs. Lena Ketchum, of Chanute. The funeral will be held Sunday Afternoon at 1:30 o'clock at the funeral home in Yates Center. Burial will be in the Moran Cemetery.

Mrs. T. E. Hoddy Dies January 25, 1940

Mrs. T. E. Hoddy died about 11 o'clock last Thursday night, January 25, at her home at 709 W. Mary Street. The cause of her death was given as cerebral hemorrhage following a stroke of paralysis. She was 61 years old. Her husband, Tom Hoddy, operates a service station on West Mary street. She is survived by her husband, two sons, Roscoe Hoddy of Eureka, and Fred Hoddy of Ponca City, Okla.; three sisters,, Mrs. Jane McGinnis of Iola, Mrs. Stella Lineback of Iola, and Mrs. Lena Ketchum of Chanute. Funeral services were held from the Johnson Funeral Home Sunday afternoon with Rev. R. R. Schreiber of the Evangelical church in charge of the rites. Burial was made at Moran, Kansas.

Information for these surnames,
extracted from source dated Thursday, February 1, 1940 by Marilynn Howard

Obituary from Iola Register, Monday, Feb. 5, 1940:

Funeral Wednesday for E.M. [Ephraim] East

E.M. East, 82, died this morning at his home at 401 North Oak.

Mr. East was born in Highland, Ill., and came to Kansas with his parents at the age of 18. The family settled near Cherryvale, but East moved to Pittsburg two years later where he married Miss Laura Snook, who preceded him in death about 3 1/2 years ago.

The family moved to Iola in 1901, and Mr. East was employed for a number of years by the Lanyon smelters.

Six daughters and three sons survive. They are: Mrs. May [Mae E.] Shiffler, New Orleans, La.; Mrs. Bertha Alterman, Hollywood, Calif.; Mrs. Rhoda Anderson and Mrs. Stella Martin of Kansas City; Mrs. Rena Woodard of Pittsburg; Mrs. Ruth Scott, Austin, Tex.; George East, Hemmett, Calif.; Luther East, Huntington Park, Calif.; and Renric East of Iola. Three other children preceded their father in death. [Denver D., Addie Jane & Melvin R.] Twenty-two grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren also survive.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday afternoon at 1 o’clock at the Waugh funeral home. The Rev. Fay Clopine of Iola will conduct the services and burial will be in Highland cemetery. [Ephraim M. East was born 12/5/1857 and died 2/1/1940.]

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