Burlington Independent
February 25, 1898
Daily News.
Mrs. Margaret C. King, wife of Jas. S. King, of this city, passed away at the home of their daughter, Mrs. E. E. Hunt, in Kansas City, Mo., last Wednesday, February 15, 1898, after five years of suffering--much of the time helpless--invalidism. About a year ago she went to Kansas City to receive special treatment for her trouble, with such apparent benefit during the first few months that her family and friends became sanguine of an ultimate recovery. But the improvement probed deceptive, and for several weeks past the end has been expected, although the final changes occurred with an unanticipated suddenness. The remains were brought to Burlington Thursday night, after brief services in Kansas City conducted by Rev. R. L. Davidson, of the Tabernacle Baptist church. The funeral service in this city was held at the Congregational church Saturday morning, conducted by her pastor, Rev. E. Lee Howard, and attended by a large number of sorrowing friends.
Mrs. King was a daughter of Wm. Branson, a prominent citizen of Jacksonville, Illinois, and was born in that city February 19, 1843. She was educated at the Presbyterian Seminary in Jacksonville, and August 6, 1861, at the age of sixteen she was married to Jas. S. King. They lived in Jacksonville and vicinity until 1860, when they came to Kansas and made this city their home.
Mrs. King united with the Presbyterian church at Jacksonville when fifteen years of age, and all her life until stricken by disease, was active in religious and charitable work. She was a member of the Congregational church at the time of her death, but was always broad in her sympathies, believing fervently in "the communion of the saints." She will long be remembered in this city for her services as organist and musical director in the various churches wherein she seemed to be the most needed, her faithfulness in Sunday school work, and her interest in the W. C. T. U. and all charitable and reform organizations. Her death was especially felt by the church in whose fellowship the last few years of her life were spent. Mrs. King was the mother of sever children, all but one of whom survive her. She was a tender and devoted mother, a faithful wife and an earnest, consecrated Christian. The family have the sympathy of a host of friends.
Mrs. King also leaves two brothers, Hon. N. W. Branson, of Petersbury, Illinois, and S. C. Branson, of Chicago.

In Memoriam.
Mrs. Esther McCombs, of Ottumwa, passed to her rest in paradise on the morning of the 16th instant, after a lingering illness of several weeks, though it was thought a few days before her decease that she was convalescent. Esther Jordan was born at Hillsdale, Columbia county, N. Y., Feb. 13, 1831, and removed from there to Ottumwa in 1858, and was married to John McCombs who survives her, Oct. 25, 1859. She had been a most devout, noble Christian for forty-eight years of her life, manifesting a most worthy example of love and good works to all who knew her. The writer had known her for thirty-five years, and always found her constant in her devotion to her Master's cause; a meek and humble Christian; a most charming neighbor, and a friend whose worth was inestimable.

DEAN-- RATHER-- In Burlington, Kansas, Feb. 19, 1898, by Rev. J. W. Quay, Henry S. Dean and Maude M. Prather.
FRY--DAVIDSON--In Ottumwa, Kansas, Feb. 18, 1898, by Rev. E. V. McCormick, C. O. Fry and Lula Davidson.
SLEAD--LANE--In Burlington, Kansas, Feb. 17, 1898, by Judge Jenkins, Frank Slead and Sadie Lane.
FREEMAN--HUFFT--In Gridley, Kansas, Feb. 20, 1898, by Rev. V. Staley, Edward Freeman and Emma Hufft.
CUNNINGHAM--KERSHNER--In Burlington, Kansas, Feb. 19, 1898, by Judge Jenkins, J. E. Cunningham, and Eva Kershner.
THORNE--SHEPLEY--In Burlington, Kansas, Feb. 22, 1898, by Rev. J. J. Halbert, Geo. Thorne and Hattie M. Shepley.
GILLET--BENDER--In Burlington, Kansas, Feb. 24, 1898, by Judge Jenkins, W. Gillet and Fannie Bender.
STONE--LAKE--In Burlington, Kansas, Feb. 24, 1898, by Judge Jenkins, E. W. Stone and Vada Lake.
A Sad Death.
One of the saddest deaths which has occurred in Burlington in a long time is that of Mrs. I. B. Rhinehart. Few of our people knew the lady was sick. Mrs. Rhinehart, formerly Jennie Van Slyck, was born in Nenah, Wisconsin, in 1855. At an early day her parents moved to Burlington and she has lived here since with the exception of a short time she lived in Illinois after her marriage. She was married in 1885 to I. B. Rhinehart and two sons, aged seven and eleven years, are the result of their union. Few ladies in our city enjoyed a larger acquaintance among the people of this vicinity than Mrs. Rhinehart. She was a kind-hearted, pleasant lady who was admired by all for her true Christian qualities. Since a girl she has been a devout member of the M. E. church and her funeral will take place today at that church, Rev. S. S. Murphey, her former pastor, preaching the sermon. The INDEPENDENT extends the sympathy of this community to the family in their bereavement. May God comport the husband and children in the loss of a wife and mother, and the dark cloud which has cast a gloom of sadness over a loving and happy home soon pass away.

Too all friends and neighbors who so kindly aided us in our late sad bereavement we hereby tender our deepest heartfelt thanks.

BELLINGER--In Ottumwa township, Coffey county, Kansas, Feb. 20, 1898, of paralysis, Walter Bellinger, aged 64 years and 11 months.
Walter W. Bellinger was born in Utica, New York, and lived there until he was about twenty years old. He served three years on a man-of-war, after which he moved to Terre Haute, Ind. In 1857 he married Miss Sarah Pophan and continued to make that city his home. At the first call for troops in 1860 he was among the first to enlist. He enlisted in Co. E. 66th Ills., and served four years. At the close of the war he returned to his home in Terre Haute and lived there until the fall of 1871 when he came to Kansas and located in Coffey county, where he has resided up to the time of his death. His funeral was conducted on Monday last by Knowlton Post, G. A. R. of Ottumwa, of which he was a member. Rev. P. P. H. Monroe, of Strawn, preched the funeral sermon. He leaves a wife and three children. Mrs. Emma Gross, Fred and Sadie Bellinger. The funeral was attended by all the people of Ottumwa and surrounding country. In the death of Mr. Bellinger this county loses a good citizen. We have known him personally for a great many years and always regarded him as one of the most honorable men we ever knew. He had a splendid record as a soldier. Let us mingle our tears with those who mourn their dead.

Rev. S. S. Murphy, of Baldwin, is in town.
J. A. Kennedy, Sr., is in Chicago on business.
W. F. Grosbeck spent Sunday last at his old home in Concordia.
M. A. Crouse and A. W. Jones, were in Kansas City the first of the week.
Miss Anna Morris, of Parsons, is here visiting among her many old friends.
George R. Ross, of Yates Center, was in town on business the first of the week.
N. Van Slyck, of Topeka, is here to attend the funeral of his sister, Mrs. I. B. Rhinehart.
W. T. Tipton, chief clerk of the penitentiary, spent a couple days here the first of the week.
Dr. A. J. Eastman, Dr. H. T. Salisbury and C. M. Christy went to Topeka yesterday to attend the J. Mack Love's banquet.
Frank Hoffmans, the dry good man, accompanied by his chief clerk, E. B. Krenz, have been in Chicago this week buying goods.
The death of Dr. W. T. Wiseman occurred Thursday morning of last week at the family home one mile south of Gridley. He had been a great sufferer from asthma for many years, but the cause of death was diabetes, with which he had also been sadly afflicted for a long time.
The funeral took place Sunday afternoon and was largely attended by old friends from all parts of the county and particularly by members of the A. F. & A. M. and G. A. R., both of which orders he was an earnest and prominent member.
Dr. Wiseman's full name was William Trevitt Wiseman. He was born in Perry county, Ohio, May 18, 1835, and moved with his parents to Hancock county in 1850. In May, 1856, he was married near Thornville, Perry county, to Miss Ellen Aldred, the wife who has since shared with him the joys and sorrows of life and still survives him. After their marriage they resided in Wyandotte county, that state, until our country called American patriouts from their firesides to battle for freedom and right. He enlisted in the 49th Ohio volunteers the 23d day of August, 1861, and was discharged August 26, 1864. During the intervening three years' service he was engaged in the battles of Chickamauga, Stone River, Lookout Mountain and the campaign with Sherman to the sea. His record in the service is highly honorable, and in it he and his have always taken a just pride.
After the war he entered the Kentucky School of Medicine in Louisville. He graduated in the spring of 1866 and removed to Kirkersville, Licking county, Ohio, but in February, 1872, came with his family to Kansas and located in Coffey county, where he resided until his death.
They had two sons. The first, James M., was born July 29, 1857, and died September 6, 1863, and the second, Thomas A., was born February 29, 1860.
Dr. Wiseman become a member of the M. E. church in 1848 and always remained a faithful adjerent of that denomination. He became a Mason in the Spring of 1867 at Hebron, Ohio, and was the first Worshipful Master of the lodge of that name at Gridley. He was allowed to name the lodge in honor of the Ohio town in which he joined the order. He was also a member of the G. A. R. and an earnest and enthusiastic supporter of its purposes and objects. He was always quite prominent in public affairs and the politics of the county, having served six years as county commissioner and in other positions of less importance.
Dr. Wiseman was one of the kindliest of men. His disposition was the cheerful, uncomplaining, Mark Tapley order. He had much of the genuine milk of human kindness and was as nearly devoid of animosity and hatred toward his fellow men as it is possible for humanity to be. As a practioner he possessed exceptional skill and ability, and had it not been for his constant ill health he might have gained great distinction in that profession. He was always genial, quick witted, intelligent and companionable, and his influence was constantly directed toward dissipating the clouds of perplexity and trouble that hover over men and women everywhere. He cheered up far more than he cast down. He brought more of sunshine than of darkness in to the world. It was better for his having lived in it, and so is his reward in the world to come.
A good citizen and a true, manly man has gone to his reward, and to the bereft wife and son the heartfelt sympathy of all is extended.

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