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Mrs. Olive Ann Varner Came to Butler County 1878

Mrs. Olive Ann Varner, well known Butler county pioneer and said to have been the oldest woman in Augusta, died this morning after being confined to bed with the flu for more than a month. She was 94 years, eight months and 12 days old.

Mrs. Varner was born in Mahoning county , Ohio, July 11, 1837. She lived in Ohio till she was 16, when she moved with her parents to Illinois where she taught school for eight years. While in Illinois she was married to Jesse Varner, and they came to Kansas in 1878. Locating 12 miles north of El Dorado, the Varners endured the hardships of pioneer life. In 1893 the family moved to a location five miles southwest of Augusta, where Mr. Varner died in 1904.

In 1916 Mrs. Varner moved to the home on Osage street where she died this morning.

Mrs. Varner became a member of the Christian church while quite young, and was for many years an active worker in the church, living a consistent Christian life.

She is survived by four sons, E. C., C. O., and F. H. of Augusta; G. F. of Lawrence; and two daughters, Mrs. Dora Bost of Illinois, and Mrs. Ella Orr of Rock, Kansas. Another daughter, Emma, who had always lived at home with her mother, died a little more than two months ago. There are 12 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at the home Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock, conducted by Dr. W. H. Moore, pastor of the Methodist church. Burial will be at the mausoleum in the Elmwood Cemetery.
Transcribed and Contributed by Marland Boucher

Last Updated:  Monday, November 14, 2005 02:25:36

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