Barber County Kansas
Samuel Madden died on Friday morning, September 27, 1901. Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon conducted by Elder W. T. McLain. Mr. Madden was 64 years, 7 months and 25 days of age.
He was taken sick in July and was a patient sufferer ever since that time. His sickness was caused from bowel trouble.
In parting with Mr. Madden, Medicine Lodge and Barber county loses an industrious and an excellent citizen. He has lived here a long time and, like many others, has had his ups and downs but his honor and honesty were always above question or suspicion.
A wife, three sons and two daughters survive him. One of his daughters lives in the east. The other daughter is Mrs. Thos. Soper, of this place. The sons are Noble and Johnson of Eagle township and Charley who lives at home.
The many friends of the family extend sympathy to the wife, sons and daughters in the loss they have sustained.
The Barber County Index, October 16, 1901.
Obituary: Samuel Madden
Samuel Madden died at his home in Medicine Lodge, Kansas, on Friday morning, September 27, 1901, at the age of 64 years and 25 days. He was the son of Gabriel Madden and Elizabeth Barber <(sic), his mother having married the second time. Mr. Barker <(sic) was a noted Baptist preacher of Platte county, Mo. He had been dead several years and is buried at Fair Mount, Kansas. She is also dead. Mr. Madden has one sister, Mrs. Johnson Williams of Grass Valley, California, and one brother, John Madden living, when last heard from, in the valley's of California, and a half brother, Marion Madden, also living in California.
At the age of 14 Mr. Madden left Camden, Mo., and crossed the plains in the year 1852, overland to California and stood guard many nights watching for the wild Indians. They stopped the train twice but no serious trouble resulted. On arriving in California Mr. Madden settled at Nevada City. He went from there to Grass Falls, where, as he grew older, he bought mining claims and did well. In 1862 he sold his interests in the mines.
In 1865 he married Anna Williams, daughter of Capt. Wm. Williams, living in Australia when last heard from. Mr. and Mrs. Madden spent many happy years together but the parting has come with all its sorrows and tears. But God does all things for the best.
Mr. Madden was laid to rest in Highland cemetery at Medicine Lodge where he rests in sublime peace.
Bert Madden, son of Samuel Madden.
Thanks to Shirley Brier for finding, transcribing and contributing the above news article to this web site! She noted that the original article gave Samuel Madden's mother's maiden name as both Barker and Barber.