Atchison County Obituaries

GRIMES, Dr. William H

GRIMES, Mrs. W. H. (Susan Harbine)




GRIMES, Dr. William H. (Obit. #1 
Atchison Daily Champion...Feb 1877
Died, at his residence, Feb. 17th, Dr. Wm. H. Grimes, aged 74 years and 26 days.
Born at Poplar Springs, Maryland, Jan. 22d, 1803.
Funeral from his residence Monday 19th, at 1 p.m.

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GRIMES, Dr. William H. (Obit. #2)
Atchison Daily Champion...Feb 1877

Dr. W. H. Grimes, one of the ____ and most respected citizens of our city, has gone the
way of all the earth after an illness of but a few day's duration, full of intense suffering.
Although past the allotted years of man, up to his recent and fatal sickness, he was as
active, healthy and robust as the majority of mankind who have attained but half his years.
But we know not what an hour may bring forth; the weak may become strong, and the
strong fade and pass away.

At one o'clock yesterday a large number of the relatives and friends of the deceased
assembled at the family residence on South Seventh street, to perform the last rites
and obsequies, and pay to a worthy fellow citizen the last sad tribute of respect.
Rev. Frank O. Osborn, Rector of Trinity Episcopal church, conducted the services,
that were very impressive, the chantings from the choir adding a solemnity justly
due the occasion.

The body was in an elegant casket, with a silver centre-piece on which was engraved:
"W. H. Grimes, died Feb. 17, 1877, aged 74 years and 26 days," the whole being
encircled with a wreath of flowers.

After the services, the Odd Fellows took charge of the remains, with Hon. George W.
lick, Hon. Thos. Murphy, Col. Jno. A. Martin, Hon. Wm. C. Smith, Jacob Poehler, Esq.,
and G. B. Buck, Esq., pall bearers, H. Clay Park acting as Marshal. The
procession then formed, and proceeded to Oak Hill Cemetery in the following order:

Phillip's Band.
Subordinate Lodge of Odd Fellows.
Uniformed Patriarchs, Reversed Swords.
Hearse, with Remains.
Rev. F. O. Osborn.
Relatives of Deceased.
Citizens in Carriages.

It was the largest and most imposing funeral cortege that has been witnessed in Atchison
for many years, and plainly evinced the great respect and high esteem in which the
deceased was held by those who had been his daily associates for many years past.

The services at the cemetery were conducted by Rev. Osborn and the Lodge, the order
depositing on the casket the sprig of evergreen, synonymous to the memory of the deceased.
Then the cortege turned away, leaving behind all that was earthly of Dr. Grimes.

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GRIMES, Mrs. W. H. (Susan Harbine) (Obit. #1)
Atchison Globe...Th, 6 Feb 1890
Mrs. Grimes, the widow of the late Dr. W. H. Grimes, died at the family residence, No.
701 South Seventh street, at 9:30 o'clock this morning. She was 79 years of age, and very
feeble, and her death was the result of an attack of influenza. The deceased was the
mother of Mrs. Eliza Graham, Mrs. Dr. Bryning and Mrs. Alice G. Smith. She was
also the mother of Howard Grimes, of Chase county, Dr. Grimes of Cheyenne, Malcolm
Grimes, of Atchison county, and of the late Major E. B. Grimes, who died a few years
ago. Mrs. Grimes came here with her husband in 1858, and she has lived here continuously
ever since. In her younger days she was active in social and charitable affairs, and was
one of the most popular women of Atchison. She leaves a considerable fortune, having
inherited largely both from her husband and son. The funeral will occur at 1 o'clock on
Saturday from the residence.

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GRIMES, Mrs. W. H. (Susan Harbine) (Obit. #2)

Atchison Daily Champion..Fri, 7 Feb 1890

Mrs. Susan Grimes Dead
At 9:30 o'clock yesterday morning death removed from our midst another of Atchison's
oldest residents, Mrs. Susan Grimes, widow of the late Dr. W. H. Grimes.
Mrs. Grimes was born in Clear Springs, Maryland, October 11, 1811. She grew up in the
town of her birth, and was married there to the late Dr. Grimes in 1829. Dr. and Mrs.
Grimes removed to Kansas in 1858, settled in Atchison, where both lived to the time
of their death.

Mrs. Grimes leaves three sons and three daughters, Mrs. Bryning, Mrs. E. J. Graham
and Mrs. A. G. Smith, of this city, Malcolm Grimes, residing three miles from the city,
Howard Grimes, now in Chase county, Ks., and Dr. R. B. Grimes, of Cheyenne,
Wyoming. Mrs. Grimes has one sister living in Virginia, Mrs. E. Calender, and a
brother, Colonel Thomas Harbine, of Fairbury, Nebraska.

Mrs. Grimes leaves a host of sincere friends to mourn her loss, and THE CHAMPION
speaking for itself and them conveys to the sorrowing family the heartfelt smpathy which
only the death of such a noble and good woman as this could excite.
The funeral will take place from the family residence tomorrow at 1 o'clock, the Rev. Mr
. Howie officiating. The pall bearers are: E. K. Blair, B. F. Hudson, H. Clay Park, J. A. Kinney,
S. C. King and David Auld. The remains will be taken to Mt. Vernon cemetery for interment.

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FINNIGAN, Elmo B. Obituary

Atchison Daily Globe - Thursday, Jan. 20, 1972

Funeral services for Elmo B. Finnigan, 75, St. Joe, Mo., formerly of Atchison, were held at 1 p.m. today at the Heaton - Bowman East Chapel in St. Joe. Burial was in Mt. Vernon Cemetery.

Mr. Finnigan, a veteran of World War I and member of Fleming - Jackson - Sever American Legion Post No. 6 of Atchison, died Tuesday at the Veterans Hospital at Leavenworth.

He had been employed 28 years in the transportation department of the Missouri Pacific Railroad and formerly operated a liquor store in St. Joe.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Elsa (Dosser) Finnigan; a son, Elmo E. Finnigan, Concho, Okla.; a daughter, Mrs. S. W. Ball, Kansas City, Mo.; a brother, Tom Finnigan, Los Angeles, Calif.; nine grandchildren and three great grandchildren.


Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Christian Church here for Rolly W. Freeland, 87, Effingham, who died Monday, Feb. 9, 1972 in a Winchester hospital where he had been a patient for about a week.

He was a former Kansas legislator and had specialized in producing and exhibiting purebred livestock and certified grains for many years. He was born December 9, 1884 near Effingham and spent most of his life in the Effingham community in Atchison county. He was a Representative in the Kansas Legislature from 1932 to 1936

He was a member of the Effingham Christian Church and was an elder in the church for many years. He was a charter member of the Atchison County Farm Bureau and served the organization two years as president. He had been cited as the "The Kansas Farm Bureau Leader of the Year" and had served in the state Farm Bureau policy committee.

Mr. Freeland was instrumental in forming the Atchison County Soil Conservation District in 1943 and since had served as a member of the District's board of supervisors. He had been cited for his efforts in the field of soil conservation by the Kansas Bankers Assn.

He was married to Florence Henry Sept. 14, 1908. She died in December 1959. He was married to Ida Cook in 1969. She also preceded him in death. Survivors include two sons, Marvin Freeland, Fort Dodge Iowa and Roy Freeland, Topeka; two sisters, Mrs. Mayme White, Effingham and Mrs. Alice Hoffman, Nortonville; one brother, Frank H. Freeland, Valley Falls; three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery at Effingham. Relatives and friends will meet from 7 to 8:30 Wednesday at Warren Funeral Home at Nortonville.

Freeland Rites At Effingham

Funeral services for Mrs. Rolly Freeland, 71, who died unexpectedly ay her home in Effingham early yesterday (Dec. 6 1959), will be held at the Effingham Community Church at two p.m. tomorrow, the Rev. Frank Johnson officiating.

The casket will be in state at the church from 1 to 2 p.m. Until then it will be at the Stanton Mortuary. Burial will be at the Effingham Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Ernest Congrove, Roy Eck, Tom Alderson, Glenn Nichols, Jess Stucker and Jim Cowley.

Mrs. Freeland was born April 24, 1888, near Nortonville, a daughter of Mr. And Mrs. William F. Henry. She was a graduate of Nortonville High School. Her marriage took place Sept. 16, 1908.

She leaves her husband, Effgingham, two sons, Marvin Freeland, Fort Dodge, Iowa, and Roy Freeland, Topeka; two granddaughters, Mrs. Jon DeRyke and Miss Sandra Freeland, both of Fort Dodge, Iowa, and a grandson, Kent Freeland, Topeka and a great grandson, Dennis DeRyke, Fort Dodge; two brothers, Raymond and James Henry both of Nortonville, a brother, Ralph Henry, is deceased.

Early in life Mrs. Freeland became a member of the Nortonville Christian Church. She was active in Church and community affairs. At the time of ther death she was serving as the regular teacher in the Effingham Christian Church.

Mr. And Mrs. Freeland celebrated their golden wedding anniversary in 1958.

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