Barber County Kansas

Kansas Prairie Dog, May 28, 1885.

Col. E.M. Beardsley

Last Sunday morning at 3 o’clock Col. E.M. Beardsley passed away in the presence of his wife and youngest son, of phlegmanous eryesipelas. After prayer, by Rev. Swartz, of Ashland, Dr. Hutchinson delivered an eulogy, when the remains were followed at 4 o’clock p.m., to its last resting place in the cemetery, west of the city, by the largest gathering every witnessed in this city on a similar occasion.

Col. E.M. Beardsley was born in Jennessee (sic) county, New York, October 4th, 1828, and emigrated to Rock Island, Ill., when 15 years of age, where he engaged in the practice of law shortly afterwards.

Entering the army he served four years as Colonel of the 126th Illinois Volunteers.

In 1870 he moved to Montgomery county, this state, and was one of the founders of Independence, and assisted in the organization of that county. He was twice elected to the legislature by Montgomery county. He has resided at Ottawa since 1883, and established a wide reputation as a criminal lawyer.

He came to this city in March to engage in the practice of his profession and real estate business, when he was stricken down with disease that never permitted him to leave his room.

He leaves a widow and five children, all married but one, to mourn the irretrievable loss of a kind husband and father. The eldest son resides in Memphis, Tenn., and only daughter, Mrs. Stockton, at Sharon, this county, and the three remaining sons at Ottawa.

Col. E.M. Beardsley is buried in the Lake City Cemetery.

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