Barber County Kansas
Died: Robert H. Estill departed this life on Wednesday, July 12, 1899, at the advanced age of 71 years.
He was well known throughout Barber and Comanche counties and has been identified with live stock pursuits for many years. His ranch is located in the southeastern part of Comanche county, on Mule Creek, and is recognized as one of the leading stock farms in southwest Kansas.
Mr. Estill suffered a severe attack of grip during the winter but in the spring seemed well again, though his most intimate friends say he never completely recovered. His death was very sudden and the sad news was a great shock. He was confined to his bed less than 24 hours. It is supposed his death was caused from brain affection.
The funeral service was held on Thursday and the remains laid to rest in the Coldwater cemetery.
"Uncle Bobbie," as he was familiarly known, was a pioneer settler. He was an ideal Kansas ruslter and his accumulations, which are said to aggregate $25,000, were made through energy, honesty and sound business judgment. His motives in politics, religion and business always sprung from the deepest convictions and no honest man ever doubted his sincerity.
His life was a useful one; his family have an example in his work which they can safely follow and their hours of grief can be dispelled in a measure by paying tribute to his memory.
Estill Pioneer Ranch
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