Barber County Kansas

The Barber County Index, April 1, 1937.

Obituary: Peter Frederick Harbaugh

Peter Frederick Harbaugh, son of Eli and Catherine Engle Harbaugh, was born in Washington County, Iowa, January 2nd, 1861. Died in Medicine Lodge, Kansas, March 29, 1937, aged 76 years, 2 months and 27 days.

He grew to manhood in Iowa, and came to Kansas in the fall of 1863. He first stopped in Sumner county. In the summer of 1884 he filed on a claim on land in what was known as the Osage Trust Lands, proving up in 1885. He then went back to Sumner county working on a farm until 1886, when he came to Barber county.

Always being of a roving disposition in a few years he went to the Pacific Northwest, settling on land on the Chehalis river, near its mouth on Grays Harbor.

After spending a few years there, he came back to Kansas. The lure of the Northwest was too strong for him, and he went back to Washington. He did not stay long this time and returned once more to Kansas. Soon tiring of Kansas again, he bought land in Arkansas, and made that state his home for a year or two. Leaving that state he came back to Barber county again, where with the exception of a trip to the Canadian Northwest and several winters in southern California, he remained until his death.

About forty years ago he had a terrible illness which incapacitated him for several years, being almost helpless at different times. In fact, he never fully recovered.

Of late years he made his home most of the time with his brother, either on the home farm south of Medicine Lodge, or here in town. For a year his health had been failing, but he continued to get about, and was down town, when he became confined to his bed. From then he failed rapidly until the end.

Of his brothers and sisters there is but one survivor, J. B. Harbaugh, __ nephews and nieces. He was never married.

He was a beloved brother and uncle. He will be greatly missed by the brother, nieces, nephews and friends.

Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at the Forsyth Funeral Home with Rev. C. A. Miles in charge. Burial was made in N______ cemetery south of Gerlane.

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