Barber County Kansas

The Barber County Index, October 9, 1901.

Felix Reif Killed

The friends of Felix Reif and family are pained and shocked to hear that he met his death last Thursday by being thrown under a horse. The accident happened in Woods county about 40 miles southwest of Kiowa, on Wednesday evening October 2nd. A neighbor came to Kiowa for a physician but before the doctor got there the next day Mr. Reif was dead. On account of the condition of the body, interment was made necessary almost immediately after death and he was buried on the homestead.

Mr. Reif leaves a wife and three children. He was a member of the A. O. U. W. lodge of this city and carried $2,000 insurance. His grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Felix Reif, reside west of this city, his father in now in Mexico and a mother and brother live in Wisconsin.

The deceased had been a citizen of Barber county for a number of years, but about two weeks ago he moved to a claim on the Yellowstone about 60 miles south and west. He was a strong man and a natural horseman. He was one of the best riders, we ever knew, but it cost his life. He was breaking a very bad one at the time of the fatal accident, the horse threw itself backwards and caught Felix before he could get out of the saddle. He lived less than a day.

All who knew him are sorry to learn of his death. He was an industrious, upright young man devoted to his family, a nice neighbor ready at all times to lend a helping hand to those in need and distress. In sickness he was always a comforter and his charity was boundless. We extend in his widowed wife and fatherless children and aged grandparents our heartfelt sympathy.

Thanks to Shirley Brier for finding, transcribing and contributing the above news article to this web site!

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