Greenwood County Kansas Obituaries

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Newspaper unknown date: 23 Dec 1914
Mrs. Emily A. Booth was born in Indiana on the 7th day of April, 1849 and passed away at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Towner, Dec. 23rd, 1914. She moved to Kansas when a small girl. At the age of 18 she was married to Mr. James Vandaver. Two children were born to this union. She is survived by one, Mrs. Lillie Gallagher of Hawk Point, Mo. On Nov. 11, 1873 she was married to Mr. Wm. Booth of Greenwood County, Kans. Eight children were born to this union five of whom survive--Preston, Roy, Lesley, and Wayne and Mrs. Sherman Knight.

She has been a member of the Methodist Church since fifteen years of age. Having always been a devoted wife and mother, life will never be the same to the bereaved ones. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Louis Kraft at 2:30 p.m. Friday after which the body was laid to rest in the Tyrone cemetery. [Tyrone is in Texas Co., Oklahoma]

James Barr Gallagher was a newspaper editor in Hawk Point, Missouri when his mother-in-law, Emily A. Roe Vandaveer Booth died. This is the tribute he wrote in the Hawk Point Transcript, Vol. 3 No. 43 Hawk Point, Lincoln County, Missouri.

Joy Turned to Sorrow.
What had been looked forward to as a happy Christmas in the home of the editor of this paper was clouded with sadness and sorrow Wednesday evening when a telegram was received which announced the death of Mrs. William Booth, at Tyrone, Oklahoma. Mrs. Booth is the mother of Mrs. Gallagher and a visit from her had planned during the holidays and the spirit of expectancy of her arrival to make happy our household during the Yuletide season, was darkened when the sad message came announcing her departure to the (?) world instead of her de (Missing word) our home, and it was ..."joy turned to sorrow" after all, the taking ....grand old mother...the courses of and is the destiny of every living soul. And why should we be selfish in the matters that is destined by God. "It is the way. His will be done." But we cannot help but sorrow for those we love and sympathize with those whom the pangs of sorrow most keenly strike. It is the tender chords of sympathy that dwells within us that brings forth a response to our inward feeling and that is why we are writing these few lines in memory of one departed from this life of tears, one not known to most of our readers, but her sainted spirit shall always find a fond recollection in our own hearts and home. ...dead is the ...from which we re..proceed. Every other to heal - every .. to forget; but this ..consider is a duty to be done - this afliction we ..and brood over in solitary... Where is the child that .. and willingly forget the most..parents, though to remember too he but to lament? Who, even in the hour of agony would forget the friend over whom he mourns? Who, even when the tomb is closing upon the remains of her most loved - mother - when she feels in his or her heart crushed in the would accept of ..must be bought by forgetfulness. Not you - not I. If thou art a child, and hast ever added a sorrow to the soul or a furrow to the silver brow of an affectionate parent; if thou art a husband, and hast ever caused the fond bosom that ventures in its whole happiness in thy arms to doubt one moment they kindness, or thy truth; if thou art a friend, and have ever wronged in thought, word or deed, the spirit that generously confided in thee; if thou hast ever given one unmerited pang to the true heart which now lies cold and still beneath thy feet, then be sure that every unkind look, every ungracious word, every ungentle thought, every ungenerous action will come thronging back upon thy memory and knocking dolefully at thy soul. Then weave the chaplet of flowers and strew the beauties of nature about the grave; console they broken spirit, if thou canst, with these tender, our futile tributes of regrets. This is our only living consolation. IN MEMORIAM. All that was mortal of this grand old mother in Israel has been tenderly conveyed to our Silent City where they now rest in peace. The deceased was the mother of a large family of boys and girls, some of whom are now in the world beyond, and others who have "Silver Threads Among the Gold," as reminders, that they too, are nearing life's sunset. The deceased at the time of her death was nearing the age allotted to men, three score year and ten. All during her life none ever entered her home without a warm welcome, and her many years of affliction did not destroy her kindly and indulgent disposition, nor old age diminish her unselfish solicitude for her friends and loved ones. Adhearing to the faith of her ancestors she united in early life with the church and took up the Cross of Jesus. Though her health has been shattered for a number of years she uncomplainingly bore the burden of the care of her home and comforts for those about her, realizing all this time, that her active life was over and with a resignation awaited the Divine call. We know that in years to come the memory of her unselfish devotion will make us better men and better women and her precepts be our guiding star.

Contributed by Leanna Eversmeyer, 10721 Eastlake Circle, Oklahoma City, OK 73162-6821 email:

Mrs. Florence Whitaker
Florence Vandaveer
Severyite newspaper, date unknown
WHITAKER. - At her home east of Severy Tuesday morning, March 7th, 1893, at 8:15 a.m. Mrs. Florence Whitaker, wife of F.A. Whitaker, aged about 23 years. Funeral services were held at the Congregational church Wednesday afternoon after which the remains were interred in Twin Groves cemetery. The grief stricken husband and relatives have the heartfelt sympathy of all in their sad bereavement. [Florence Vandaveer, daughter of James Henry Vandaveer and Emily A. Roe Vandaveer Booth]

Contributed by Leanna Eversmeyer, 10721 Eastlake Circle, Oklahoma City, OK 73162-6821 email:

E. C. Whitaker
Severyite, March 1892
Died--At the home of E.C. Whitaker, in Severy, Wednesday, June 29th, 1892. Charlie, the two year old son of Mr. and Mrs. F. A. Whitaker. Funeral services held yesterday. The parents have the sympathy of all in their sad bereavement.

Contributed by Leanna Eversmeyer, 10721 Eastlake Circle, Oklahoma City, OK 73162-6821 email:

George William GANT
George William GANT ws born at Dawajiac, Michigan, July 3, 1852, and died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Louise GRANT, 103 East Fifth Street, Eureka, Kansas, December 18, 1932, aged 80 years, 5 months and 15 days.

He was united in marriage to Mary Gearhart in 1875, to which union four children were born. Three sons died in infancy, and one daughter, Mrs. Olive Lallman, of Eureka, survives.

He was united in marriage to Elizabeth Limbaugh, at Anita, Iowa, October 9, 1886. Nine children were born to this union, four of whom died in infancy. Those surviving are: Elgin and Eddie Gant of Eureka; Mrs. Louise Grant and Mrs. Maud Culler, of Eureka. One son, Marian B. Gant, a World War veteran, died December 17, 1923. In addition to the immediate family, he leaves six grandchildren, and seven great grandchildren.

Mr. Gant went to Iowa from Michigan, and moved to Kansas in 1896, and had lived in Greenwood couonty since 1905.

The funeral services were held from the home of the daughter, Mrs. Maud Culler, at 217 North Poplar street, Tuedsday, December 20, at 10:30 a. m. Burial was in the Greewood cemetery.

Contributed by Gene Gant OneCeltic@AOL.Com

Elgin Ewing Gant
The fureral service for Elgin Ewing Gant who passed away Tuesday, October 30, was held this afternoon at 2:30 o'clock at the Baird Funeral Home conducted by Rev. Eugene Gramer, pastor of the Methodist church.

Mr. Gant was born Decemer 4, 1896, at Strasburg, Mo., He was a son of Mrs. Lizzie Agard and a brother of Mrs. Louise Grant and Mrs. Harry Culler, of Eureka.

Interment was made in Greenwood cemetery.
-------- Elgin Ewing Gant died Tuesday night at the Greewood Community hospital where had been a patient for some time. He was the sone of Mrs. Lizzie Agard and was thirty-seven years old.

Funeral service was conducted at 2:30 o'clock this afternoon from the Baird Funeral Home by Rev. Eugehe Kramer, of the Methodist Church. Interment was in ghe Greenwood cemetery.

Contributed by Gene Gant OneCeltic@AOL.Com

Elizabeth Gant-Aagrad
Elizabeth Gant-Aagrad was born February 25, 1868, in Shenoah, Illinois, and passed away on Sunday, March 22, 1942, at her home in Eureka, at the age of 74 years and 25 days.

She is survived by her husband, Robert Aagard; three daughters, Mr.s Dee Grant, and Mrs. Harry Lallman, of Eureka, and Mrs. Harry V. Culler, of Sand Diego, Calif.; one son, Pete Gant, of Chase, Kansas; five grandchildren; ten great grandchildren, and two step-sons.

She was united with the Methodist Church in early childhood. Mrs. Aagard resided in Greenwood county since 1905.

Funeral service, conducted by Rev. S. L. Chase, was held from the Baird Funeral Home Tuesday, March 26, at 2:00 p. m. Interment was in Greenwood cemetery.

Contributed by Gene Gant OneCeltic@AOL.Com

Clair V. Curry
Unknown Source - October 1980
Madison - A native of Madison, Clair Vincent Curry, died Oct. 15 (1980) at his home in Phoenix, Ariz., where he had lived since 1964. He moved there from Garden City, where he had been associated with the Jones Cattle Company. He also had been the owner of a grain elevator in Tribune and served for two years as a representative to the Kansas State Legislature from Greeley County in the 1940's. Before going to western Kansas, he worked for a time at the Emporia State Bank in Emporia and at a bank in Texas.

Mr. Curry was married to Viola Lantz on June 19, 1924, and she died in 1968. In recent years, Mr. Curry had been cared for by his sister-in-law, Hazel Lantz, who survives. Other survivors are five nephews and nieces, Fred and H. C. Curry of Madison, Evelyn Reno of Eureka, Nellie Farthing of Olpe and Marjorie Gunn of Versailles, Mo.

Services in the Wilson Funeral Home in Madison will be held Saturday at 2 P.M., and burial will be in Blakely Cemetery.

A memorial fund, not yet designated, will be established. Contributions may be sent in care of the funeral home.

Contributed by (James Holland)

Isaac Wyant
Isaac Wyant was born in Hamilton County, Indiana, April 13, 1842, and died September 1, 1913, aged 71 years, 4 months and 19 days. He was married to Margaret Wertz August 28, 1866. To this union eight children were born, seven of which survive. He leaves to morn his loss, his beloved wife, two sons, Ora who lives at Eldorado, Kansas, and Charles of Jackson, Michigan; five daughters, Mrs. Amanda Dougherty of Canton, Oklahoma, Mrs. Mattie Dunn of New Meadows, Idaho, Mrs. Maggie Latta of Klamath Falls, Oregon, Mrs. Pearl M. Evans of Butler, Oklahoma, and Mrs. Ella Daily of Eldorado, Kansas.

In the spring of 1870, he came to Jefferson County, Kansas, and in September 1871 located on the farm northeast Of Severy where he lived until his death. He was a member of Severy A. O. U. W. Lodge which had charge of the services at the cemetery. He was a veteran of the civil war, enlisting in 1861, in Co. D 12th Indiana Volunteers and serviced over two years for his country. He joined the U. B. Church in 1886 and died in the faith.

Mr. Wyant was first taken sick last January and had been ailing ever since, though able to be up and about most of the time. He was taken down again on Tuesday August 26 and gradually grew worse until death came Monday September 1st at 3:45 P.M.

Funeral services were conducted at the Wyant home Tuesday afternoon at 3 o'clock by Rev. G. H. Dicks pastor of the United Brethern Church. Interment was in Twin Groves cemetery.

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EUREKA HERALD, January 15, 1987. page 4
Clinton Oscar Barrier, 74, Eureka, died Wednesday, January 7, 1987 at St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Wichita.

Barrier, the oldest son of Earl Ernest and Ernestine Claydean Briggs Barrier, was born in Wichita on May 6, 1912. In 1920 he moved with his parents to a farm 12 miles northwest of Eureka. Eight years later the family settled here, where Barrier worked in the trucking business with his father.

On October 16, 1931, Barrier married Catherine Simmons in Eureka. She survives.

Barrier enlisted in the Army in February 1944 and remained in the service until he was honorably discharged in December 1945. He then returned here and went to work for himself as a paperhanger and painter.

In 1958 Barrier opened Barrier Davis Pain Store, which he operated for nine years. After closing his business, he worked as a self-employed painter until his retirement.

Additional survivors are two sons, Carl and Glenn, both of ElDorado; two daughters, Evelyn Walford, Emporia, and Sharon Woods, ElDorado; a sister, Norma Jean Montgomery, Yuba City, Calif.; nine grandchildren, Kathy Seaman and Stephanie Craver, both of Atlanta, Ga., J.L. Walford, Grand Island Neb., Terrie Scott, Emporia, and Carla Barrier, Shannon Barrier, Eric Barrier, Gregg Woods, and Rebecca Woods, all of ElDorado; and seven great-grandchildren. Barrier was preceded in death by two sons, a brother and a sister.

The funeral service was held at Campbell Funeral Home in Eureka the afternoon of Saturday, January 10, 1987. Dr Gilbert Daniel, pastor of the Christian and Congregational Church, officiated. Interment was in the Barrier Cemetery northwest of here.

Memorials have been established to the Christian and Congregational Church Building Fund and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2712.

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Sidney Grant Johnson, youngest son of Andrew and Elizabeth Ann Johnson, was born June 16, 1868, near Lima, Ohio. In 1869 he with his parents came to Carroll County, Mo., locating near the town of Norborne. His father passed away in 1871 leaving the mother and older brothers and sisters to look after the family. In 1880 he came to Greenwood county, Kansas, in company with his mother and brother, Dick, locating on a farm near Piedmont, and has lived in and near this vicinity since that time.

On December 13, 1893, he was married to Minnie May, of near Piedmont, kansas. To this union was born one son, W. H. Johnson who survives. His wife, Minnie, passed away in May, 1912. Some time later he was married to Anna Polquist, of Severy, who died in June, 1934. On October 10, 1935, he married Mrs. Tressa DeVier, who survives. She gave him good care and was a real companion to him during his protracted illness. He passed away at his home south of Severy, October 2, 1942, aged 74 years, 3 months and 14 days. He was a kind husband and father and loving grandfather, a respected citizen and will be missed by his many friends.

He leaves to mourn his passing, his wife, of the home; one son, W. H. Johnson, and Mrs. Johnson, Piedmont; five grandchildren, Cpl. Ernest Johnson with Uncle Sam's army, now in Alaska; Mrs. Herman Wade, Wichita; Mrs. Harold Edwards, Eureka; Irene and Bill Johnson, Piedmont; also five great-grandchildren, Rex, Larry and Garry Wade, frances Irene and Willa Florine Edwards; two brothers, I. A. Johnson, Fall River, and W. R. Johnson, near Climax; also nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

Funeral services were conducted Sunday, October 4th, at 2:30p.m. from the Maben Funeral Home, with Rev. Landon officiating. Burial was in South Lawn cemetery, Severy.

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Isaac Cooper May, son of John and Eliza Rutter May, was born on a homestead in Greenwood County near Piedmont, Kansas on June 2, 1876 and departed this life in the Fulmer Convalescent Home in Dodge City, Kansas on October 12, 1957 at the age of 81 years, four months and ten days.

His early life was spent on the home place. He was united in marriage to Carrie C. Gilleland, on February 16, 1904 at Piedmont. In November of 1904 he brought his bride to a farm in Pawnee County, Kansas. Nine children came to bless their home.

In October, 1928, the family moved to a farm east of Ulysses, Kansas, which continued to be his home until the time of his death. Here, on February 16, 1954, after a half-century of wedded bliss with its sunshine and its shadow, he, with his beloved companion, celebrated their golden wedding. He was a devoted and faithful husband and father, a friendly and helpful neighbor. In young manhood he accepted Christ as his Saviour and united with the Methodist Church at Piedmont, Kansas. Later, with his family, he transferred his membership to the Methodist Church at Ulysses.

Those who survive him are his surviving wife, Carrie; five daughters; Mrs. Jennie Curnitt, Eureka, Kansas; Mrs. Helen McGillivray, Los Alomos, N.M.; Miss Margaret Ellene May, Bremerton, Washington; Mrs. Charlotte Dick, Dodge City, Kansas; Mrs. Dorothy Dean Tredway, Houston, Texas; four sons, Thomas of the home; Clarence, Las Animas, Colorado; Oscar, Portland, Oregon; and John Eldon, Port Orchard, Washington. A brother, Harry May, of Howard, Kansas; one sister, Mrs. Ida Aikens, whose home has been at Mound Valley, Kansas; 13 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren, besides many other relatives and a host of friends.

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Anna Irene Hull, 58, of Hutchinson died September 27, 1991 in Wichita. She was born December 26, 1932 in Eureka the daughter of William Henry and Florence Hillman Johnson.

She had been a resident of Hutchinson since 1953. On February 4, 1951, she married Billy D. Hull at Piedmont.

Survivors include her husband of the home, one son, Steven, of Norwich, one daughter, Lynda Barr of Galva; mother Florence Johnson-Key of Colwich; brother Grant of Wichita; sister Vola Hotvedt of Wichita; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Services were held Monday, September 30 at 2 p.m. at the Elliott Mortuary in Hutchinson with Brad A. Richardson officiating. Interment was in Fairlawn Cemetery in Hutchinson.

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Carl W. Garner
El Dorado Times Online - May 10, 1999
Carl William Garner, 92, of rural Piedmont, died at the Greenwood County Hospital in Eureka, Saturday, May 8, 1999. Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 12, at the Campbell-Kelley Funeral Home in Eureka with the Rev. Don Harper, pastor of the Piedmont United Methodist Church officiating. Interment will follow in the Piedmont Cemetery in Piedmont.

He was born July 2, 1906, near Holton, in Jackson County, to William Henry and Martha (Herde) Garner. The family moved west of Eureka when Carl was 3 years old and in 1913, they moved to the family farm north of Piedmont, where Carl remained until ill health caused him to move to Eureka. He attended North Maple grade schools and was a graduate of Piedmont High School in the class of 1925, and later attended Wichita Business College.

On Nov. 21, 1933, he married Viola Mae Wilkinson at Olathe. They made their home in the Piedmont community on the family farm. He was a farmer and rancher and had served on the school boards of North Maple and Piedmont Schools. He was also an active member of the Severy Coop and Farm Bureau and held membership and served on committees for the Greenwood County Cattlemen's Association, the Kansas Livestock Association, the Soil Conservation Board and County Extension Board. He was a member of the Piedmont United Methodist Church. Viola preceded him in death on Sept. 8, 1982.

He married Helen Mabel Simmons-Seimears on Sept. 20, 1985, at Eureka. They also resided on the farm. She preceded him in death on Jan. 30, 1995.

He is survived by a son, Dr. Harold Garner and his wife Patsy of Eureka; three stepsons, John Seimears of Henderson, Texas, Martin Seimears of Garnett, and Frank Seimears of Ottawa; three stepdaughters, Connie Dunnaway of Liberty, Mo., Betty Jo Seimears of Topeka, and Nancy Taylor of Vassar; four grandchildren, Dustin Garner of Irving, Texas, Genell Garner of Columbia, Mo., Gayle Garner of DeSoto, Texas, and Tony Garner of Eureka; two great-grandchildren, Jozie and Casey Garner of Eureka; 18 step grandchildren and 20 step great-grandchildren; one sister, Alice Collinson of Eureka; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his wives, he was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials by made to the Piedmont United Methodist Church. Contributions may be sent in care of the funeral home.

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J. D. Webb (Joseph Dailey)
J. D. Webb Killed Feb. 12 1904
Accidentally Shot Himself Wednesday.
Street Commissioner.
A Young Man of Eureka Meets with Untimely Death--Was Just Starting for a Hunt.--Funeral This Morning.

J. D. Webb fatally shot himself at his home in southeast Eureka by the accidental discharge of a 22 rifle which he was placing in his buggy preparatory to going hunting. He died at 2:30 p. m., Wednesday without having regained consciousness.

Wednesday morning, Mr. Webb who was the street commissioner for Eureka City, planned to go to the Charles Couchman place about three miles from town to spend the day hunting. He went to the barn to hitch his horse to the buggy and carried with him his loaded rifle. Going into the shed first, to push out the buggy, in some manner the gun was discharged, the ball striking Mr. Webb in the middle of the forehead. It is probable that as the rifle was being placed in the buggy the hammer struck the whip socket with sufficient force to discharge the gun as it was found lying in the buggy.

John Kirk, who lives near the Webb home, and Mrs Webb, mother of J. D. Webb, both heard the report and ran to the barn, where they found young Webb lying unconscious in the buggy shed. He was carried to the house, a distance of about 100 feet. Physicians were immediately summoned, but the victim was beyond human help, and lived but six hours.

Joseph Daley Webb was the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Webb, of Eureka, with whom he lived together with his two sisters. He was born 32 years, 3 months and 5 days ago. He was a gentleman every inch of him and had the respect and friendship of all who knew him. He was absolutely honest and faithful to duty. As street commissioner he was particularly efficient. He was a member of the Christian church having united with that body about two weeks ago.

The funeral services were held at the family residence at 10:30 o'clock this morning conducted by the Rev. G. F. Bradford. The interment was in Greenwood cemetery and was in charge of Ossian Lodge No. 58 Knights of Pythias.

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Lillie Webb
Lillie Webb dies in Arkansas City, a longtime resident of Eureka, died Jan 24, 1979 in Arkansas City. She resided with a niece there for the past two years.

She was born October 11, 1882.

Graveside serives were conducted at Greenwood Cemetery Monday, January 29, by Rev. Gilbert Daniel.

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Florence Beedles Weirshing
Weirshing - At the home of the family, in Spring Creek township, Wednesday, December 2, 1896, at 5 o'clock in the morning, Florence, wife of Mr. John Weirshing.

Florence Beedles Weirshing was born in New York about 28 years ago. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Beedles of this city, and became a resident of this county, with her parents, early in the year 1870. About ten years ago she became the wife of John Weirshing, one of the most prosperous and industrious farmers in Spring Creek township, and to them were born three children, two sons and a daughter, viz: Andrew, Inez and Eddie, aged 9, 7 and 4 years, respectively.

The deceased was a noble woman, kind, loving and tender, and her friends were many and sincere. She leaves a bereaved husband, three children, a father and mother, and a brother, William, of Otter Creek township, to mourn the sad and untimely death of a loving wife, mother, daughter and sister, and for them, one and all, there is a deep and tender sympathy in every heart.

The funeral services were held Thursday morning at the home, so recently made desolate, followed by the interment in Greenwood Cemetery.

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John Wiershing
John Wiershing was born on Long Island, New York, March 15, 1871. He died at his home southwest of Eureka, Sunday night June 25, 1911, at 11 o'clock. The family lived for a while in Ohio and Illinois and on March 4, 1871, came to Kansas, locating in Greenwood County. In March, 1886, he was married to Miss Florence Beedles and from this union four children were born, one of which is dead and three are living: Clarence, Donald, Ray, and Otto. Mr. Wiershing was one of the substantial business men of the community, and being public spirited, took an interest in all movements which tended to make his community and country a better place in which to live. His untimely death, which resulted from a blow on the head, an account of which was given in last week's Messenger, is a matter of sincere regret. Besides his family, he is survived by a mother, Mrs. A. Bressner, and two brothers, G.G. and Ed Wiershing.

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