Barber County Kansas
Died: Lester Douglass Sparks - Born June 4, 1899, died November 29, 1900.
The departed one was the little son and only child of Mr. and Mrs. L.D. Sparks. Death was caused from tonsilitis. The child was sick little more than a week and the disease took violent form only three days before death.
Mr. Sparks was in the territory when his boy died and knew nothing of the great misfortune until a message found him at Kiowa the following day on his way home.
Funeral services were held on Saturday forenoon from the residence of Mrs. Sparks' parents, Mr. and Mrs. T.M. Kidd, conducted by Elder McLain.
Little Lester was one of Medicine Lodge's most charming babies and his death leaves a vacancy in the home which can not be otherwise than a cloud of grief.
We frequently talk of sympathy and tender hearted and kind friends, and they are doubtless of invaluable assistance in such sad emergencies, yet how little can we realize the awful pangs of sorrow and heart-throbs of loving parents. There is indeed something missing when the little one - the gem of the home - is gone.
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