Greenwood County Kansas Obituaries

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Matisha Worford Smith
Matisha Worbord (Worford) Smith was born near Centerville, Iowa, moved to Kansas in 1866, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Nevada Schwindt, December 20, 1921. Mrs Smith was the mother of six children of whom five are living: Mrs. Nevada Schwindt and Harry Smith of Quincy, Mrs. Carrie Balsom of Hamilton. Mrs Mary Crooks of Neall, and John Smith of Topeka, and Mrs. Vestilla Leeper, deceased. Mrs. Smith was an invalid for some time. She bore her suffering well, and was ready when the time came for her to leave this world. Funeral services were held in the U.B. Church, conducted by the U.B. pastor.

Contributed by Debbie Wafford

Stokes H. Smith
Stokes H. Smith, was born in Buck County, Pennsylvania, March 31, 1855 and departed this life at the home of his son at Quincy, Kansas, May 28, 1927 at the age of 72 years 1 month and 28 days.

On February 14, 1882 he was united in marriage to Martisha Wofford, to this union six children were born four daughters and two sons.

He leaves to mourn his death one sister, Mrs. Vestilla Mann of Perskie, Pa., Three daughters Mrs. Nevada Schwindt, Quincy Kansas; Mrs. Carrie Balsom, Hamilton, Kansas; Mrs. Mary Crooks, Quincy, Kansas. Two sons, Harry Smith of Quincy, Kansas; and John Smith; address unknown and fourteen grandchildren, one daughter and wife preceeding him in death.

When just a boy he came west walking most of the way as travel was mostly done by wagon or by foot, locating at Hamilton, Kansas, in the early 70's, here he raised his family. In 1905 he with part of his family moved to Gentry, Arkansas, where he made his home until 1910, when he came back to Kansas, locating at Quincy, where he made his home with his eldest son until his death.

Mr. Smith was a kind and loving father and a good neighbor always mindful of others. Funeral services was conducted by Rev. Hulbert of Quincy. Interments were made at the Quincy Cemetery.

Contributed by Debbie Wafford

Carrie May Balsom
Mrs. Carrie May Balsom of Hamilton died at her home Tuesday morning at 11:45 o'clock after an illness of three years. She was the widow of Dr. Woolsey Balsom, veterinarian, who died in 1942.

Mrs. Balsom was born October 21, 1885, in Bentonville, Arkansas, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Stokes H. Smith. She was married to Dr. Balsom March 16, 1904, at Eureka. She spent most of her life in the Hamilton community.

Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Maude D. Mills and Mrs. Ruth Helen Troll, and one son, Charles Wayne Balsom, all of Hamilton; a nephew, Woolsey T. Newton, of Englewood, Colorado, whom she reared; five granddaughters, three grandsons and two great grandsons; one sister, Mrs. Nevada Schwindt of Madison.

She was a member of the Baptist church of Hamilton, and the Rebekah lodge No. 300 of Hamilton.

Funeral services are to be held this afternoon (Thursday) at 2:30 o'clock at the Methodist church in Hamilton. Rev. J. S. Newsom, assisted by Rev. W. H. Zimmerman, will be in charge of the service. Mrs. Blanche Beevers will be the organist and Mrs. Virginia Powers, the soloist. Casket bearers will be Arch Johnson, Richard Mills, Otis Barngrover, Gene Rigg, William Brothers, and Charles Gutman. Burial will be in the Hamilton cemetery.

Contributed by Debbie Wafford

Margaret Call Balsom
Margurate Call was born in New York, June 14, 1836. In her early womanhood she was baptized into the Christian Church. On the 24th of November, 1853, at Harvester, New York, she was united in marriage to Abraham Balsom who died July 23, 1872.

There were born to this union seven children, Charles of Galena, Woolsey of Hamilton, Frank of Beaumont, Mrs. Melisa Kimberly of Denver, Colo., Mrs. Anna Williams of Armorita, Okla., and Edward Balsom and Mrs. Mary Newton who are deceased.

Grandma Balsom make her home with her son Woolsey, at Hamilton. For several years she was an invalid, being confined to her bed constantly the last seven months of her life. She passed away Jan. 24, 1920, at the age of 83 years, 7 months and ten days.

Funeral services were held at the home of Woolsey Balsom at Hamilton Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock, conducted by Rev. Claude Ruggles. Burial was made in the Hamilton cemetery.

[Additional info from Forest Smith : Margaret Call was born in Haverstraw, Richland County, New York]

Contributed by Debbie Wafford

Maude Delores Mills
Maude Delores Mills, daughter of Dr. Woolsey and Carrie May Smith Balsom, was born at Hamilton, August 22, 1907, and died at her home on Aug 12, 1977 at the age of 69 years.

She was married to Pierce A. Mills at Eureka, April 4, 1931. He preceded her in death on February 6, 1974. Mrs. Mills was a housewife and had resided in Hamilton all her life with the exception of three years when she resided in California. She was a member of the First Baptist Chirch of Hamilton. She was awarded a lifetime membership of the United Methodist Women's organization.

She was past president of WWI Auxiliary Barracks.

Those who survive her are three sons,, Benjamin P. Mills of Emporia, Carl A. Mills of Hamilton and William C. Mills, St. Louis, Mo.; two daughters, Mrs. Marion (Helen) Snyder of Hamilton and Mrs. Paul (Marla) DeGraffenfield, Sedgwick; one sister, Mrs Harold (Ruth) Troll of Hamilton; 18 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren, other relatives and friends.

Her husband, parents, one brother and one grandson preceded her in death.

Funeral services were held at the Campbell Funeral Home, Aug. 14, with the Rev. Robert F. Schaechtele officiating. Interment was in the Janesville cemetery, Hamilton.

Contributed by Debbie Wafford

Harry Adam Smith
Hamilton Grit Jan 3, 1929
Harry Adam Smith, son of Stokes and Martisha Smith was born near Hamilton, Kansas, December 2, 1889 and departed this life December 29 1928, age 39 years and 27 days, at his home 2 miles east of Quincy.

His sudden death came as a shock to the entire community. For that morning he had been husking corn in the field, but not feeling well, returned to the house, to take some soda water to relieve a severe pain in his chest, when death occured.

At the age of 15 years he moved with his parents to Decatur, Arkansas, remaining there about eighteen months, later moving to Quincy, Kansas, where he spent the remainder of his life.

He leaves to mourn his loss three sisters, Mrs. Carrie Balsom of Hamilton, Mrs, Nevada Schwint and Mrs. Mary Crooks of Quincy, Kansas; one brother John W. Smith, address unknown, seven nieces and seven nephews, besides a host of other relatives and one sister preceeded him in death.

Mr. Smith was a kind and loving brother, a good neighbor and friend.

Funeral services were held Sunday at 4 o'clock from the home. Rev. H. Halbert, pastor of the United Brethren church of Virgil officiating. Services at the grave were conducted by the Quincy IOOF No. 506. Interment made in the Quincy cemetery.

Contributed by Debbie Wafford

Harry Smith
Quincy News -- A Farmer Drops Dead
Harry Smith, a middle aged farmer living a mile east of Quincy, died about 10 o'clock Saturday morning.

Mr Smith was working in the cornfield. A man came to see him and during the conversation Mr Smith was asked how he felt. Mr Smith remarked if he would stay with the horses he would go to the house for some medicine. After a short time, Mr. Smith appeared at the door and asked that the horses be brought to the barnyard.

After waiting for quite awhile the man called to Mr. Smith and received no answer. Finally he went in to see why Mr. Smith did not answer. Mr. Smith was found lying on the floor dead.

Mr. Smith had the flu quite seriously three or four weeks ago. It is thought that this illness caused a weak heart and that he died of heart trouble.

The deceased man had a sister, Mrs. Carey Blossom, (Balsom) living at Hamilton, and a sister, Mrs. John Schwindt, who lives about two miles from the Smith place. Mr. Smith lived alone.

Contributed by Debbie Wafford

Elmira J. (nee) Willis
Elmira J. Willis Jones
The Eureka Herald, Thursday January 17, 1907
Mrs. H.S. Jones, one of the oldest settlers of Greenwood county, having been a resident of this county since 1859, died at her home about three miles southeast of Eureka, Tuesday January 15, at 2 o'clock p.m., after an illness of several weeks.

Miss Elmira J. Willis, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harrison Willis was born in Gibson county, Indiana, March 16, 1840. When but a small child she removed with her parents to Edwards county, Illinois, and in 1859 to Eureka, Greenwood county, Kansas, and later to a farm southeast of Eureka which is now owned P.E. Hull. While living on that farm with her parents she was married to H.S. Jones, March 16, 1861.

She was the mother of eight children, five of whom are living. The living children are: B.H. Jones of Eureka; Mrs. C.N. Cozad of Caldwell, Kansas; Guy C. Jones of Sawtelle, California; Mrs. H.P. McGuire of Sulphur, Oklahoma and Mary Jones of Eureka. All of the children were with her when she died except Guy who was unable to be present.

Mrs. Jones joined the Christian church in July 1862 and that her life was a consistent Christian life is a fact that is sustained by all who knew her and with Paul she might have said, "I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith, henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness."

Besides her husband and five children, she leaves one sister, Mrs. Edwin Tucker, and two brothers, Ezra and John Willis, to mourn her death. Funeral services conducted by Rev. Bradford were held at the Jones home today at 2 o'clock and interment made in the Greenwood Cemetery. The sympathy of the entire community is extended to the bereaved family.

Contributed by Betty Ralph

Alice Jane Stewart (nee) Forrest
Alice Jane Forrest Stewart
Eureka Herald, April, 1956
Alice Jane Forrest Stewart was born May 23, 1868 near Albia, Iowa, the eldest daughter of eight children of Jane and Milton Forest and passed away April 26, 1956 at the age of 87 years, 11 months and three days.

She was married to William Ellsworth Stewart on December 11, 1886. This union was blessed with four children, one son and three daughters. In April, 1889, the Stewarts moved to Greenwood county in the Farmington neighborhood and lived there until 1922 when they moved to Eureka to occupy the present home.

Both Mrs. Stewart and her husband were charter members of the Farmington Methodist church. Mrs. Stewart was also a charter member of the Ladies Aid Society of the church and was faithful in attendance and active in the support of the church and all of its activities.

After moving to Eureka she became a member of the First Methodist church of Eureka and took part in all of its activities as long as she was able to do so.

Mrs. Stewart was always ready and willing to lend assistance to her neighbors in time of need or in an emergency, regardless of the time of day or night.

Contributed by Betty Ralph

Mertie May Beedles (nee) Stewart
Mertie May Beedles
Eureka Herald, Thursday, September 2, 1976
Mrs. Harold H. Beedles, 409 N. Elm St. died Tuesday morning at the Greenwood County Hospital.

Mertie May, the daughter of William E. and Alice Forrest Stewart was born at Moberly, Missouri, Feb. 3, 1889. She came to Kansas with her parents at the age of 6 months. They settled in the Farmington community southwest of Eureka.

She was married to Harold H. Beedles Sept. 30, 1908. They made their home in Farmington untill 1944 when they moved to Eureka. Mr. Beedles died in 1960. Mertie was a member of the First United Methodist Church, the Eureka Garden Club and Queen Bess Ch. O.E.S.

Surviving are 2 sons, Dale of El Dorado and Floyd, of Great Bend, one daughter Mrs. Robert (Mildred) Pedigo of Vernon, Tex. and one sister Mrs. Vic Tanner of Wichita. There are 16 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at the Campbell Funeral Home, Thursday, Sept 2, 1976 at 10:30 a.m., Rev. Robert Darden, minister of the First United Methodist Church will officiate.

Contributed by Betty Ralph

Ethel Mae Conner (nee) Jones
Ethel Mae Conner
Eureka Herald, June 1993
Ethel Mae Conner, 102, of Augusta, died Friday, May 28, 1993, at Knudsen Manor in El Dorado.

She was born October 2, 1890 in Eureka, the daughter of Clark and Anna (Broddle) Jones. She attended Honeycreek Grade School and Eureka schools.

On February 10, 1908, Ethel was united in marriage to Fermer Leroy Conner at Eureka. He preceded her in death in August of 1934.

She was a farmer's wife and had worked in the aircraft plants during World War II and much of her life was spent as a commercial cook at schools and universities and on the Kansas Turnpike at the Matfield Green Service area.

She was a member of the Cassiday United Methodist Church and a charter member of the Eureka EHU.

She is survived by four daughters, Marlys Morgan of Augusta, Delores Roberts and Beryl Griffith of Eureka, and Irene Hunter of Baldwin; and nine grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, two sons, Leonard and Clark; one daughter, Norma Elaine; one brother and one sister.

Graveside services and interment were held at the Greenwood Cemetery in Eureka on Tuesday, June 1 with Rev. Carl Ellis, pastor of the Eureka First United Methodist Church officiating. Funeral arrangements were by the Campbell-Kelley Funeral Home, Eureka.

Contributed by Betty Ralph

Luke Shaw Broddle
Luke Shaw Broddle was born Oct. 18th, 1842, at Lincolnshire, England. He came to this country in 1866. In December, 1867, he was united in marriage to Miss Mary Moore. They lived in Chicago, Ill. until 1879 when they came to Greenwood county, settling on a farm south of Eureka. To this union were born 12 children, six boys and six girls.

In 1906 the wife and mother departed from this earth. The following children mourn the loss of father and mother: Anna Downs, Mary Lyons, William Broddle, Thomas Broddle, Fannie Mills, Liza Wagner, Luke Shaw Broddle and Peffer Broddle.

In March, 1911, Mr. Broddle was married to Mrs. Alma Wood, who with the following children survives him: Elmer Wood and Donald Wood of Kelso, Wash., John Wood, El Dorado, Mary Peterson of Howard and Rose Purkapile of Hamilton.

The departed moved to Eureka in 1917. About two weeks ago he went to Wichita for an operation. Death resulted January 20, 1920.

Funeral services were held at the Lutheran church Thursday afternoon conducted by his pastor, Rev. P. Mennepoeh. Burial in Greenwood Cemetery.

Contributed by Betty Ralph

Mrs. Shaw Broddle
Mrs. Shaw Broddle died at her home in Fall River township Saturday morning, August 11, 1906, of heart failure. Funeral services were held at the home Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock, conducted by Rev. George Johns and interment made in Greenwood cemetery. Mrs. Broddle was apparently in good health when she retired Friday night and at 2 a.m. she and Mr. Broddle were awake and held a conversation in regard to the next day's work. At 4 o'clock Mr. Broddle spoke to his wife but receiving no answer made an attempt to awaken her.

Failing in that he became alarmed and called the family, but all efforts to arouse her were in vain. Mrs. Broddle has lived in Greenwood county for many years and was the mother of a large family, who with the grief stricken husband survive her. She was an estimable lady and loyal friend and neighbor. He many friends were deeply grieved at her untimely death.

Contributed by Betty Ralph

Alfred Peffer Broddle
Alfred Peffer Broddle, son of Shaw and Mary Broddle was born on a farm near Eureka November 12, 1890, and died at the home of his sister, Mrs. Tom Mills, November 24, 1929, at the age of 39 years and 12 days. He was married to Eva M. Peebles March 20, 1912, at Eureka. To this union were born seven children, three daughters and four sons, one dying in infancy.

The living children, together with their mother, are left to mourn the loss of a loving husband and father. Besides these he leaves four sisters, Mrs. Charles Downs, Mrs. M.C. Lyons and Mrs. Tom Mills, all of Eureka, and Mrs. E.B. Waggoner, of Denver, Colorado; three brothers, Wm. Broddle, Kansas City, Tom and Luke Broddle of Eureka, besides a number of nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

Contributed by Betty Ralph

James B. Willis
On Friday, June 4, 1869, as Mr. James B. Willis was crossing the prairie between Fall river and his home, he was struck by lightning and instantly killed. His horse was also killed and a boy who was riding behind him on the same horse was stunned, but soon recovered and made his way to the nearest neighbor's house. He was severely burned.

Mr. Willis was a young man of excellent character and was highly esteemed by all who knew him. He had served in the army during the war, with credit to himself and had settled down to the quiet of a farmer's life with the purpose of making himself a useful citizen.

He had been married about a year, and leaves a wife and child.

Contributed by Betty Ralph

David Reeder Campbell
The Severyite, Dec. 13, 1923
Dr. David Reeder Campbell

David Reeder Campbell was born in Cass County, Indiana, February (sic!) 14, 148, and died at his home in Severy, Kansas, December 7, 1923.

He was reared on a farm and trained to agricultural pursuits until he was seventeen years of age, when he began teaching in the public schools of the country (sic!), which profession he followed for eight years. During his career as a teacher, he learned and pursued, during the vacation of his school terms, the trade of a plasterer, working at that trade at intervals for about seven years. In 1874, he entered upon the study of medicine with Dr. Moore, of Galveston, Ind. During the winter of 1875-76, he attended his first term of lectures at the Indiana Medical College of Indianapolis, and in the spring of 1876, began practice of his profession at Normanda, Ind. He graduated in his profession March 1880, at the same college where he attended his first term, his being the first name of the first class ever graduated from the Indiana Medical College.

Dr. Campbell moved from Indiana to Greenwood county in 1885, first locating at Climax but five years later selected Severy as a permanent residence.

His reputation as a physician of ability stands undisputed among the pioneers of this vicinity. The doctor was also the first registered pharmacist in Severy, the drug store now owned by Dan Mitchell, being known at that time as the "Durham and Campbell" pharmacy.

For a number of years Dr. Campbell has been a helpless invalid but until recently has been a constant reader and retained a keen interest in the latest developments in the science of medicine.

The funeral was conducted from the home by Rev. Engelhardt of the M. E. Church.

At the Twin Grove cemetery the beautiful service of the Three Links was read by Severy Lodge, No. 483, I.O.O.F.

Contributed by Oliver Phillips

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