Barber County Kansas
Died: Death has invaded one of the homes of our city again and another of our fellow citizens has answered the unconditional summons.
O.V. Lytle, who has been on the bed of affliction so long, found peace and rest on Monday, April 17, 1899, at 6 o'clock, p.m. The funeral services were held from the family residence yesterday at 5 o'clock p.m., and the remains laid to rest in Highland cemetery. Services were conducted by Rev. W.A. Cain, pastor of the Baptist church.
Orlando Vernon Lytle was born January 28, 1857, and died April 17, 1899, and was, therefore, 42 years, 2 months and 17 days of age. He was a Kansan from birth. He came to Barber county from Saline county, in 1878 and has since resided among us.
He devoted most of his years to agricultural pursuits on his farm north of this city, until two years ago when he engaged in the harness and saddlery business in this city.
The deceased was a sufferer from cancer during the past five years. He was treated by eminent physicians in Kansas City and Wichita but only received temporary relief. About three months ago he was taken down with the grip and has not been able to be up since.
A wife and four children - Blanche, Elmer, Pearl and Roy - survive. John A. Lytle, a brother, and Mrs. R.M. Woodward, Mrs. Green and Miss Mary Lytle, sisters, are among the close relatives left to mourn. Vernon was an exemplary citizen, a good neighbor and, though afflicted during recent years, was always pleasant, kind and obliging.
He was one of the posse which captured the bank robbers in the spring of 1884 and is a friend of all the old timers on account of his valuable services on that terrible occasion.
He was always noted for his great energy and tireless industry, and is greatest ambition was that of bettering the condition of his family and the community.
In his death, the sorrowing family has lost one who will be sadly missed from the household and their grief is the more intense when it is remembered that the deceased suffered untold agony in his last days. Yet a sympathetic community extends its sincerest sympathy in this dark hour and if kind words and cheerful assistance will tend to dispel the dismal clouds, so much at least will be accomplished.
The deceased was a member of the Masonic lodge under whose auspices the funeral was conducted.
"Clara May Lytle, the first girl to live in Medicine Lodge, came when she was twelve years old. She was born November 16, 1862 at Peoria, Illinois. On July 4, 1880, she married Orlando Vernon Lytle, son of John William Lytle and Catherine Schuyoer, who was born in Illinois, February 28, 1857. Vernon was a harness maker by trade and was employed at one time by the Comanche Pool Syndicate. He participated in the capture of the bank robbers, but was definitely against hanging them. One of the robbers had ridden to town behind his saddle and, fearing for his life, asked Vernon to let his mother know what had happened." -- Shepler-Lytle, The Chosen Land: History of Barber County, Kansas, page 413.
Attempted Bank Robbery in Medicine Lodge,
The Hazelton Express, May 8, 1884.
Two Killed In Medicine Lodge Bank Robbery (in 1884)
Barber County Index, May 11, 1944.
Bank Robbery - Medicine Lodge, Kansas - 1884 This is an excellent illustrated account of the attempted robbery.
Memoirs of Phoebe (Rogers) Gibson:
The Early Days of Barber County, Kansas
Barber County Index, May 16, 1929. (Includes an account of the capture of the robbers.)
The Great Flood of April 21, 1885, Barber County, Kansas. A collection of news articles and a poem about the flood in which 18 people are known to have died.
Thanks to Ellen (Knowles) Bisson for finding, transcribing and contributing the above news article to this web site!