Marshall County Obituaries

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Catherine B. Madden

Marysville Advocate (no date given)


Catherine B. Madden,89, formerly of Marysville, died April 25, 1995 at Longmont, Colo. Services were at 11 am Monday from the Kinsley Chapel. Earlier services were at 10 am Friday, April 28, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. The Rev. Frank Maroney officiated.

Burial was in St. Gregory's Catholic Cemetery here with arrangements by Kinsley. Rosary was at 7 pm Sunday at the Kinsly Chapel.

She was born Aug. 6, 1905, at Vesta, Neb., the daughter of James and Mary Hauswirth Power. She married William P. Madden April , 1929, at St. Bridget. She was a homemaker. She moved to Longmont in 195 from Marysville.

Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband, and a brother, William Power.

Survivors are her daughter, Mrs. Bob (Mary) Fobes, Longmont, Colo; three sons, Bernie Madden, Kansas City, Mo., Jim Madden, Fort Collins, Colo., and Jerry Madden, Arvada, Colo.; 18 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.


W. B. Madden

Marysville Advocate, December 27, 1928

This community was grieved when it received the news of the death of W.B. Madden, well-known farmer of east of Summerfield, Friday morning, December 14.

Death came unexpectedly following an accident Thursday night, when Mr. Madden stepped out on the front porch, which was rendered slippery by the rain. Mr. Madden fell and received grave injuries from which he died at seven o'clock the next morning.

At the time of the death, Mr. Madden was sixty-two years, two months and twenty-three days old. He is survived by his wife and one son, William, also one brother and three sisters.

Funeral services were held at St. Bridget's church Monday morning and interment was made at the Madden family cemetery. -Summerfield Sun.

Note: His wife was Mary Jane "Jenny" Cassidy


Services Today for William P. Madden
U.P.R.R Employee

Marysville Advocate, June 1, 1961

Funeral services will be held this morning at 9:30 from St. Gregory's Catholic Church for William Patrick Madden, a resident of Marysville 22 years and Union Pacific railroad employee. He died at Community Memorial Hospital early Tuesday, May 20, 1961, following a brief illness.

He was 60 years and 23 days of age, having been born at Summerfield on May 7, 1901.

Rosary services were held at the Kinsley Chapel at 8 p.m. yesterday evening. Fr. Patrick Fitzgerald officiated at the funeral service and interment was in St. Gregory's cemetery.

Survivors are his wife; his mother, Mrs. Mary McGrath, Marysville; a daughter, Mrs. Robert Fobes, Denver, Colo; and three sons, Bernie, Des Moines, Ia; James, Marysville, and Jerry, Marysville, also several grandchildren.



Marysville Advocate, April 22, 1965

Mrs. Mary Jane McGrath, 91, native of Marshall County died at the home of her daughter-in-law, Mrs. Catherine Madden of Marysville on Sunday evening, April 18, 1965

She was born Mary Jane Cassidy on April 13, 1784 *, at Home City. She was united in marriage to William B. Madden of Summerfield in August 14, 1896 and they became parents to three children. Marie, born June 15, 1898, who died in infancy, and twin sons, Willard and William, born May 7, 1901. Willard died in June of 1928 and William died in May of 1960. Her husband died in December of 1928.

On November 17, 1936 she was married to James McGrath at St. Bridget's Church in Axtell. He died on December 18, 1947 and since his death she had made her home with her son, the late William P. Madden of Marysville.

Rosary was recited at the Kinsley Mortuary on Tuesday evening April 20, at 8 o'clock. Funeral services were held at St. Bridget's church on Wednesday, April 21, 1965 at 10 o'clock a.m., with Father Denis Pickert officiating.

Interment was in St. Bridget's cemetery. Casket bearers were Glennon Wuester, Francis McGreeney, William Coughlin, William Keating, Roy Manly, Herman Kuckelman.

*this is obviously a typo- the date is 1874


James McGrath

Marsyville Advocate January 1, 1948

Longtime Axtell Resident Dies December 18

Funeral services for James McGrath, 81,resident of St. Bridget vicinity for 80 years, were conducted December 20 from St. Bridget's church, and interment was in the parish cemetery.

He died December 18 at his home.

Born March 17, 1866, son of Patrick and Catherine McGrath, he moved with his parents to the farm in St. Bridget at the age of one year, and made his home there until his death. He married Novemeber 17, 1936, to Mrs. Jennie Madden.

Surving, in addition to his widow, is a sister, Mrs. T.J.Coyne.

Contributed by Dianne Fulwider


Chehalis Bee Nug July 24, 1925
(Chehalis, Washington)

Mrs. Nancy Mahar, 77 years of age, died Friday night at the family home here.  Deceased had resided in Centralia six years.  The family for some years lived on Coal creek, near Chehalis.  There sons, Charles and Earl Mahar of Centralia; William Mahar of Morton; and three daughters, Mrs.Vinnie Strobel of Centralia, Mrs. Louise Irvin of Blue Rapids, Kan., and Mrs. Lydia Pilkington of Cenebar survive the mother.


Unknown publication (Washington newspaper)

Philip Mahar Dies - This morning Philip Mahar, aged 73 years, a resident of Washington since 1907, died at his home on Coal Creek.  The remains were removed to the Sticklin parlors pending the arrival of a sister from Kansas.  Mr. Mahar was born in New York state and served throughtout the Civil war, having been confined in both the Libby and Belleville prisons. He was a member of the G. A. R. His wife and six children survive.  The latter are Charles and Earl Mahar, both of Coal creek; Mrs. Winnie Strobel and W. A. Mahar, both of Centralia; Mrs Louisa Irwin, of Blue Rapids, Kans., and Mrs. Lida Pilkington, of Raymond, Wash.

Contributed by Mary Ahrens


Frank McCoy, a Lillis farmer, met instant death, late Friday morning, when his car collided with the U. P. motor, about two miles northwest of Lillis. He was traveling toward the McClary farm, to engage the assistance of Mr. McClary for harvest, and it was necessary to cross the tracks at a point where visibility is poor. McCoy was thrown clear of the car, which was demolished. Frank McCoy was born September 27, 1885, in Irving. He graduated from high school there, and spent his life in the vicinities of Irving, and Lillis. He is survived by his widow, son Junior, and daughter Ellen Grace, of Lillis; daughter, Mrs. Clark Caron, Syracuse; his brothers, James McCoy, Marysville; and A. W. McCoy, Kansas City, Mo.; his sisters, Mrs. B. W. Forbes, Irving; Mrs. J. W. Thelan, Wahoo, Nebr.; and G. L. Boyd of Blue Rapids. One brother, John McCoy, preceded him in death some 18 years. Funeral services were held in St. Joseph's church, near Lillis, and interment was made in the Irving cemetery. The Blue Rapids Times (Kansas) - 2 July 1936

Contributed by James A. Nethery


James McCoy of Irving died at his home in Irving soon after one o'clock Saturday afternoon, his death being caused by a dose of carbolic acid, administered by him own hand. The cause of the act is unknown, except that for some time he has not been in good health. Funeral services were held at his late home on Tuesday morning. James McCoy was born 67 years ago of Scotch parentage, but came to the United States when a boy, the family locating in Wisconsin. He came to Irving 35 years ago and for a time worked in the old mill there and then went to work on the section. In less than two years he was made section foreman, a position he had held for 33 years-a record with but few equals. He was know up and down the Branch as an excellent foreman. He was a frequent visitor to Blue Rapids and had many old friends here. He was a beneficiary member of the Woodmen here and also the K. & L. & S. at Irving. Mr. and Mrs. McCoy were the parents of 9 children, 7 of who are still living, together with the widow, to mourn his departure.
The Blue Rapids Times (Kansas) - 15 June 1911

Contributed by James A. Nethery


James McCoy was killed shortly afternoon on Friday when he slipped and fell beneath a train in the Union Pacific railroad yards at Marysville. Mr. McCoy, about sixty years of age, was well known I the Irving and Marysville communities, and had been a switchman for the U. P. in Marysville for about twenty-six years. He is survived by his wife, two sisters, Mrs. B. W. Forbes, now of Rochester, N. Y., and Mrs. George Boyd, of Marysville, and a number of other relatives. Three of his brothers lost their lives in railroad accidents. Funeral services were held at the Christian church in Marysville Sunday afternoon.
---------------------------------- James Sidney McCoy, second son of James and Mary McCoy, was born at Irving, Kans., Oct. 12, 1883, and passed away at Marysville, Kan., on March 3, 1944, at the age of 60 years 4 months and 24 days. He attended the Irving schools graduating in 1903. After his schooling, he clerked for a time in the Frank Thomson store. Being interested in railroad work, he went to Atchinson, where he worked in the Missouri Pacific round house for some time. At the death of his father, he filled his place as foreman of the section at Irving, which position he held for several years. And he went back to clerking in Thomson's for twelve years. He was a member of the Methodist church in Irving, joining when he was quite young and living in Irving. In 1918 he moved to Marysville to work for the Union Pacific where he worked as switchman until his death. He was up for retirement in the fall, but due to shortage of help, kept right on working at his job. On September 3, 1919, he was married to Ella Nester, of Bigelow, Kan., establishing their home at 410 North 8th., in Marysville. He is survived by his widow, three sisters, Mrs. Addie Boyd, Home City; Mrs. Anna Phelan, Wahoo, Neb.; and Mrs. Carrie Forbes, of Irving; nieces and nephews and a host of friends who mourn his loss. Funeral services were held from the Christian church in Marysville, Sunday afternoon at two o'clock, and burial was in the Greenwood cemetery in Irving. Pall bearers were B. Lynwiler, Abe Fletcher, H. M. Douglass, Leon Leeds Raymond Williams and John Kessenger. Those from here who attended the funeral in Marysville were Mr. and Mrs. Filey Dawkins, Mr. and Mrs. John Carlson, Mr. and Mrs. Venton Osborne and John D. McCoy.

The Blue Rapids Times (Kansas) - 9 March 1944

Contributed by James A. Nethery


Mrs. Jas. McCoy, who had been very sick with pneumonia died at her home in Irving Saturday night, after a week's illness. The deceased was an old resident of this locality and had a large acquaintance. Her son John McCoy, also died with pneumonia at Irving a few weeks ago.

The Blue Rapids Times (Kansas) - 18 January 1917

Contributed by James A. Nethery


The Blue Rapids Times (Kansas) - 19 February 1948

Tom McCoy, Irving Killed In Car Wreck - tom McCoy 33, of Irving, was instantly killed between 8 and 9 o'clock Tuesday evening, when his Chevrolet 2-door sedan went off the small bridge about a quarter mile east of Blue Rapids on the road to Irving. He had been to Blue Rapids and was enroute home when the accident occurred. The car apparently missed th small wooden bridge by about half the car's width, and came to a halt in the dry stream bed. The car landed squarely on its top. Some time after the accident, Mr. McCoy's cousin and her husband, Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Parker, crossed the bridge enroute to Irving, and noticed the side rail of the bridge was missing. They immediately returned to the scene and found Mr. McCoy. Officers were notified and the body extracted from the car. Examination, according to officers, showed that the victim's neck was broken, which indicated he was instantly killed. The body was brought to the Hill Funeral Home in Blue Rapids. The Parkers proceded to Irving, where notified Mrs. McCoy, and expectant mother, of her husband's death. Tom McCoy is the son of Mrs. Julia Dawkins, of Salem, Oregon. The mother and her husband were immediately informed by telephone of their son's tragic death. Besides his wife, mother and her husband, surviving are two sisters, Mrs. John Carlson, Irving, Mrs. Charles Wagoner, of Lockwood Mo., and one brother John D. McCoy, of Denver, Colo. Tom McCoy is a veteran of World War II, and was in the Army for five years, considerable of which time was spent overseas. Because of the time necessary for Mr. and Mrs. Dawkins to arrive from Oregon, it is thought this Wednesday morning that the funeral services will not be held for several days.

Contributed by James A. Nethery


Patrick McGrath, one of the very oldest settlers in Marshall County, died at his home three miles northeast of St. Bridget at nine o'clock on Wednesday morning.

Mr. McGrath was born in County Waterford, Ireland, nearly ninety-five years ago and came to America in middle life, first settling in Ohio and then moving to Illinois and in 1860 came to Marshall County and settled on the farm near St. Bridget on which he died on Wednesday morning. He was the oldest man in the county with perhaps one exception, and in the early days endured the hardships and privations incident to the life of the early settlers. Through hard work and economy he managed to gather together a goodly store of this world's goods.

Little do the younger generations of today know of the many trials of the early settlers of forty years ago and Mr. McGrath's lot was no easier than many others in this neighborhood. Their early privations made it possible for the present generations to enjoy life.

He leaves a wife and seven children to mourn his death. The children are John, Joseph, James and Patrick McGrath, Mrs. Patrick Egan, Mrs. Thos. Coyne and Miss Mary McGrath, all of whom were present at the time of their father's death.

The funeral services were held this morning at the St. Bridget church, conducted by Rev. Patrick Sullivan and the remains were interred in the St. Bridget Cemetery.

Axtell Anchor, April 25, 1902

Contributed by Father Tom Dolezal, Pastor of St. Michael's in Axtell.


Lyle B. McKinley Dies In Florida - Mr. Lyle B. McKinley, 65, Naples, Florida passed away last week. He was a patient at the Heart Institute, Miami Beach, Florida. Cremation followed a Memorial service at the Naples Presbyterian Church, November 6. He leaves one daughter, Margaret, of New Jersey, a son Robert of Chicago, and his wife, Marie Forbes McKinley. Mrs. McKinley is the daughter of Mr. B. W. Forbes who was the editor of the Irving Leader for many years. Mr. McKinley taught school in Irving some years ago and retired tow years ago from his position with a Chicago optical company. At that time the McKinleys moved from their home in Evanston, Illinois to a new home in Naples, Florida.
Blue Rapids times - 9 November 1967

Contributed by James A. Nethery


Inurnment services for Marie Forbes McKinley, Naples, Florida, formerly of Irving, will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 29. The Rev. James Nelson of the United Presbyterian Church, will be in chare of the service at Greenwood Cemetery, south of Blue Rapids. Mrs. McKinley died March 21, 1989, in a Naples, Florida, hospital.

Blue Rapids Times - 20 April 1989

Contributed by James A. Nethery


(From the Beattie Journal)

Elizabeth Mae McMahon was born in Beattie, Kansas, January 31, 1896 and passed away on December 30, 1930, aged 34 years, 10 months and 30 days, practically all of her life having been spent in this immediate vicinity. She was united in marriage with Edward C. Nieman, October 2, 1925, who with her mother and stepfather and an untold number of friends mourn her untimely departure. The Deceased was a devout member of St. Malachy's Church of this city and was an enthusiastic worker in al l church activities, from which she will be greatly missed as well as from the business circles where she met everyone with a contagious smile and a cheery invitation to "come again."

She was preceded in death by her father, Pat McMahon on April 10, 1903.

Funeral services were conducted by the Rev. Fr. W. L. Nelligan at St. Malachy\rquote s Church on Friday morning, January 2 at 10 o'clock and were attended by hundreds of people from all parts of the county, after which the body was laid to rest in St. Malachy's cemetery. The floral offerings were profuse and beautiful.

The sorrowing relatives have the sincere sympathy of the entire community in their bereavement.



(Beattie Kansas newspaper, April 17, 1903)


How many times within the past two years the people of this community have been called to the station to greet their dead friends. It is a sad but sweet privilege to be present to soothe the pillow and moisten the fevered lips of a dying friend. It is heart breaking to be deprived of the last farewell, to last blessing and to be permitted to gaze only on the silent, expressionless face of the dead who died from home and among strangers.

Sunday last the body of Patrick McMahon was received at the station. He had died quite suddenly and unexpectedly at his home at Hydro, Oklahoma, on Saturday morning at 3:20 o\rquote clock, and the body was brought here for burial in the family lot in the Catholic cemetery. The funeral services were held Monday at 10 o'clock by Rev. Father Burke. Members of the Workmen and Woodmen lodges, of which orders he was a member, acted as pall bearers and a goodly company of sympathizing friends were present at the services.

Patrick McMahon was born in Lafayette county, Wisconsin, April 29, 1870, and was therefore 32 years 11 months and 12 days old at the time of his death.

April 22, 1894 he was united in marriage with Mary E. Root and to this union was born one child, May McMahon. He had gone to Oklahoma at the opening of the Wichita County two years ago and lately had made his home at Hydr o, where he died. He had made provisions for his family b y an insurance of $2,00 in the Workmen and $2,00 in the Woodmen, $3,000 of which goes to the widow and $1,000 to his daughter. He had not enjoyed good health for some months, the trouble being a disposition to pulmonary hemorrhage, and he died within a few hours from the last attack.

Contributed by: DorothyBailey


Michael Menehan, well known to residents of this neighborhood and those of St. Bridget, died at St. Mary's Hospital in Kansas City last Saturday. The remains were brought to this place on Tuesday and taken to St. Bridget, where the body was interred in the St. Bridget cemetery on Wednesday. Mr. Menehan was a bright young man in his prime, having been admitted to the bar some years ago, but he never practiced his profession very much. He was postmaster at St. Bridget for some time and was considered the best penman in this part of the country. A year or two ago he was taken to the asylum at Topeka and was discharged from there last summer, but his malady kept on growing and finally was taken to St. Mary's hospital, at which place he died last Saturday. The Axtell Anchor, January 25, 1901

Contributed by Father Tom Dolezal, Pastor of St. Michael's in Axtell, KS.


Isaac Lockington Miller was born July 2, 1861 in the county of Durham, Province of Ontario, Canada. When thirteen years of age he had completed the schooling provided by the public schools of that time. His parents having died, it became necessary for him to make his home with the Lockingtons, his grand parents. While living with them, he served an apprenticeship in painting, a trade with which he was associated interruptedly throughout the remainder of his life. Leaving the Lockingtons, he entered the Canadian military service. At the age of 20, he had served his enlistment and came to Kansas. Here he worked at his trade, first at Marysville and then in Waterville. He was united in marriage to Helena Lena Rethemeyer at Waterville, Kansas, on September 23, 1888. To this union were born four children: Walter Lockington, Mary Elizabeth, who died in 1892, Alton Isaac, and James Marshall. In Waterville, at different times, he owned a wallpaper store two restaurants, contracted painting and decorating and built Waterville's moving picture theater. He was united with enduring faith to the Christian Church in 1908. In September 1917, he with his family moved to Manhattan, where, on January 8, 1921, he lost his wife. While in Manhattan, he contracted decorating, owned a restaurant and confectionery and finally opened a paint and wallpaper store. In 1917, he became overheated to an extent that his heart was affected. This heart trouble recurred at intervals up until April 26 this year, when it became necessary for him to leave his business. From this he had alternate spells of sickness and apparent improvement until June 15, when suffocating spells began. He gradually weakened until June 20, at 7:20 P.M., when his breathing became slower - then with his forgiving spirit, he quietly passed away. At the age of 61 years, 11 months and 18 days, he preceded his sister and three sons, leaving an example well worthy of imitation. The remains of the deceased were brought to Waterville on Saturday last and taken to the home of J. A. Nordquist, his neighbor while residing in Waterville. The funeral was held Sunday afternoon at the Christian Church, conducted by the minister of that church from Manhattan, after which the burial took place in Riverside cemetery, the services at the grave being in charge of the local lodge of Oddfellows, of which order the deceased had been a loyal member for some twenty-three years. Ike Miller was a citizen of Waterville for many years. He was the friend of everybody and he will be missed by all who knew him. The sympathy of many friends is extended to the bereaved relatives.

contributed by Georgia Miller Quintana

Jacob Miller

Advocate Democrat
12 Nov 1936 pg 6, col 6


Body of Widely Known Bandman is Brought to Marysville and Laid to Rest Tuesday

     Jacob Miller died Saturday morning at 10:45 o'clock at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Gus Faulk (Falk), in Peru, Ill.  The body arrived here Monday noon and funeral services were held Tuesday at 2 o'clock at the Kinsley chapel.  The Rev. D. H. Moritz officiated.
     Mr. Miller was born in Reichenbach, Germany, September 17, 1854.  At the age of fifteen he began traveling with a band, later forming his own organization.  With it he toured Europe for eight years.
     He was united in marriage to Katherine Yeckel in Reichenbach, March 1, 1882.
     In 1885 Mr. Miller came to the United States with a German band and toured the country from New York to Nebraska.  He settled near Marysville with his mother and two sisters.  The following year Mrs., Miller and their oldest son, Oscar, joined him.  Their home was ten miles southwest of Marysville, and here the couple lived twenty-three years, when they retired, moving to Marysville.  They lived here until the death of Mrs. Miller, May 7, 1935.
     Mr. and Mrs. Miller celebrated their golden wedding in Marysville March 1, 1932.
     Surviving are two sons, Oscar and Lou of Marysville, and the daughter, Mrs. Gus Faulk (Falk) of Peru, Ill; three grandchildren, Dolly Miller, Harold and Autis Faulk (Curtis Falk); and one sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Johnson, Guthrie, Okla.


Katherine Miller

(No date or paper)
Died 7 May, 1935


Was Seventy-three Years Old and Had Resided in Marshall County Since the Year 1886

     Mrs. Katherine Miller, wife of Jacob Miller, died at 4:45 o'clock, Tuesday afternoon at her home, 919 North Tenth street.  Mrs. Miller, who was seventy-three, had been ill about two years and in a critical condition the last month.
     She was born July 1, 1861, at St. Julian, Germany.  She was married to Jacob Miller, March 1, 1882, and came to the United States July 4, 1886. They lived on a farm two miles south of Blanchville until November 1, 1908, when they came to Marysville.  They have since resided here.

Three Children Survive

     There are three children:  Two sons, Oscar and Louie, Marysville; and one daughter, Mrs. Gus Falk, Peru, Ill.  There are three grandchildren.
     Mr. and Mrs. Miller celebrated their golden wedding March 1, 1933.
     The deceased had been a member of the Evangelical Lutheran church since childhood.  She was a true Christian, hard working and suffered untold misery the last two years but bore it faithfully.
     Funeral services will be at 2 o'clock this, Thursday afternoon, at the Evangelical church with the Rev. D. H. Mortiz in charge.  Burial will be made in Marysville City cemetery.


Louis A. Miller

(Probably from the Advocate Democrat)
Feb. 5, 1970


     Louis A. Miller, 81, 803 Elm, retired Blanchville community farmer, died Sunday, February 1, 1970, at Community Memorial hospital after being in ill health the past several years.  He had been hospitalized the past two weeks.
     Funeral services were held yesterday afternoon at 2 p.m. from the Kinsley chapel.  The Rev. Jerome Ulmer, pastor of the Evangelical United Church of Christ of which he was a member, officiated at the rites.  Burial was in Marysville cemetery.
     He was born October 17, 1888 at Marysville, the son of Jacob and Catherine Miller.  He was married to Margaret Reifel March 11, 1914, and they were the parents of one daughter.
     Their first home was on the Yaussi farm five miles south of Marysville where they lived one year, then moved to the Blanchville vicinity where they resided until 1956 when they moved to Marysville.  Mr. Miller had served 20 years as township treasurer of Walnut township.
     Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Margaret Miller; his daughter Dolly, Mrs. Dale Mace, Omaha, Neb.; and one granddaughter LuAnn Mace.
     Jerome Lueers sand How Great Thou Art at the services, accompanied by Mrs. W. D. Stockard.
     Pallbearers were Alfred Iles, Chester Schultz, Raymond Scheller, Weldon Eddy and Charles Eddy.  Honorary pallbearers were Harry Bair, Van Brodrick, Charles McLeod, Elvin Drever, Elvan Griffee, and John Pacha.


Margaret (Reifel) Miller

(No publication date)


     Services for Mrs. Louis A. Miller, 83, Marysville, who died Nov. 23 at Bryan Memorial Hospital, Lincoln, were conducted Nov. 26 morning from the Kinsley Chapel.
     The Rev. Drexel von Forell, pastor of First Christian Church, officiated.  Burial was in Marysville Cemetery with arrangements by Kinsley.
     Margaret Reifel, daughter of Chas. and Margaret Kunz Reifel, was born Jan. 18, 1892, at Salt Lake City, and moved to Kansas with her family in 1893.  She married Louis G. Miller March 11, 1914, and they were the parents of one daughter, Margaret.
     The Millers lived in the Blanchville community until moving to Marysville in 1956.
     She was a member of the First Christian Church.
     Preceding her in death were her husband on Feb. 1, 1970; both parents; a sister, Emma, on Jan. 28, 1959; a brother, Paul on March 14, 1962; a half-sister, Mary Moser and a half-brother, Chas. Reifel.
     Survivors are her daughter, Mrs. Dale Mace, Lincoln, and one granddaughter, LuAnn Mace.
     Mrs. Delmar Falen was organist at the service.


Melissa Miller

Advocate Democrat (probably)
Feb. 20, 1964


     Funeral services were held from St. Mark's Lutheran church at Waterville Saturday afternoon February 15, 1964 at 1 p.m. for Mrs. Oscar Miller, who died February 12, 1964, at Community Memorial hospital her. Rev. Richard B. Anderson officiated, and was assisted by Rev. Martin Ashley of Morningstar Lutheran church of Omaha, Neb., a long-time friend of the
     She was 83 years, two months and five days of age, having been born Melissa Miller, December 6, 1880 at Blue Rapids, daughter of Mr. and Mrs.Charles Miller.
     She lived with her parents on their farm until she was married to Oscar Miller on December 6, 1923.  They moved to his farm north of Waterville where they lived for more than 40 years.  She and her husband were members of the English Lutheran church until it disbanded in 1955, when they transferred their membership to St. Mark's church.
     She was a member of Blanchville Homemakers club.
     She is survived by her husband, Oscar Miller of the home; a sister, Mrs.. Florence Morris of Fullerton Calif.; and several nieces and nephews.
     Music was by Merle Reitzel, who sang "Beyond the Sunset: and "Going Home," accompanied by Mrs. Glen Anderson.
     Pallbearers were Luis Larson, Orval Scheller, Elvin Drever, George Schell, J. F. Rowland and Frank Behm.  Arrangements were by Kinsley Mortuary.


Oscar Miller

(Probably from the Advocate Democrat)


     Funeral services for Oscar Miller, 91, Marysville, native of Germany, who died Saturday, September 14, 1974, were held Monday afternoon from St.Mark's Lutheran church in Waterville.
     Burial was in the Marysville cemetery with arrangements by Kinsleys.
     The son of Jacob and Katherine Miller, he was born in Manheim, Germany May 25, 1883, and came to the United States with his parents July 4, 1886, locating southwest of Marysville where he spent the remainder of his life.
     He attended Blanchville school, and following the retirement of his parents to Marysville in 1909, he took over the family farm.  He retired in 1956, but continued to reside on the farm, renting his land, and continuing to care for a small cattle herd.
     Preceding him in death were his parents, his brother Louie Miller and his wife, Melissa to whom he was married December 5, 1924.
     He was a 50-year member of Pawnee Lodge No. 108 and Modern Woodmen of America, also a member of St. Mark's Lutheran church.
     Survivors are his sister, Mrs. Lizzie Falk, Manchester, Ind., nieces and nephews.
     John Steenson sang Beyond the Sunset and Going Home, accompanied by Mrs. Glen Anderson.
     Pallbearers were Dick Wanamaker, Richard Strifler, Luis Larson, Orval Scheller, all of Waterville; Harold Downard and Elvin Drever, Marysville.

Contributed by Cyndi Fowles

Rolen Montgomery

Daily Index
Frankfort, Kansas
7 April 1922, pg. 38

    "Rolen Montgomery was born in Wayne county, Indiana, May 19, 1833, and departed this life April 5, 1922. Had he lived until May 19th, he would have been 89 years old. When two years old, his parents moved to Madison county, Indiana, where he grew to manhood. At the age of 21 he came to Knoxville, (Knox County), Illinois. Here he joined the United Brethren Church, which faith he kept until death. September 29, 1854, he married Serepta Thomas, who preceded her husband many years to the Heavenly home. To this union were born three children: James Montgomery, who died at Marysville (Marshall County), Kansas, October 7, 1903; William Montgomery of Barrett, (Marshall County, Kansas), and Mrs. Lorena Barrett of Hubbell, (Thayer County), Nebraska, who were reared to manhood and womanhood by a devoted father's care. He came to Kansas in 1878. He was married to Mrs. Mary J. Curry at Knoxville, Ill. She died Aug. 2, 1898.
    "The remaining years of Mr. Montgomery's life were spent in Barrett, where he was familiarly known as "Grandpa." All who knew him loved him. From the youngest child to the oldest person in the community there was room for all in his great and gentle heart. Always ready with a cheerful greeting, ever willing to aid a worthy cause, his life was a living example of Christian manhood.

    "Mr. Montgomery was a member of the Masonic lodge.
    "Besides his daughter, Mrs. Lorena Barrett, son William Montgomery, and daughter-in-law, Mrs. Minnie Montgomery, he leaves six grandchildren: Miss Mabel, Rex and James Montgomery of Marysville, Mrs. J. Conklin, Mrs. Roy Posey, and Rolen Barrett of Hubbell, Nebraska, two great-grandchildren, Wilberta Montgomery and Ruth Conklin, and a host of friends to mourn his loss.

"CARD OF THANKS: We wish to thank those who were so kind to us, during the illness, and after the death of our beloved father. Your loving kindness will never be forgotten -- Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Barrett, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Montgomery, Mrs. Minnie Montgomery, and the grandchildren."

Mrs. Rolen Montgomery

Weekly Review
Frankfort, Kansas

5 August 1898

    "At her home in Barrett, at 11 o'clock p. m. Tuesday, August 2nd, Mrs. Rollen Montgomery, aged 70 years, 4 months and 27 days.
    "Funeral services were held at 11 o'clock a. m. Thursday, August 4th, Rev. A. P. Hamilton officiating. Interment was made in the Barrett cemetery. "Mrs. Montgomery had been in failing health for about three years past, but her death was due to neuralgia of the stomach and bowel troubles. "Deceased was one of the pioneer settlers of this county and was well known throughout the county. She was a lady very highly respected by everyone who knew her and greatly beloved by her family.
    "She leaves an aged husband, one son, Mr. G. D. Curry, two daughters, Mrs. Wilson, of Tecumseh, Nebraska, and Mrs. Walton, of Muscatine, Iowa, two stepdaughters, Mrs. R. K. Osborn, and Mrs. William Barrett; two stepsons, Messrs. James and William Montgomery, all of whom were present at the funeral, besides a large circle of friends to mourn her loss.
    "The funeral services were held in the school house, and there were so many present that but little more than half of them could get into the house. "The sermon was pronounced by those who heard it to be one of the best they ever heard."

Note RWE: Rolen MONTGOMERY and his 4th wife, Mrs. Mary J. CURRY, were married 22 Dec 1872 in Knoxville, Knox County, Illinois.

Contributed by Dick Edmonson and Nikki Nickell

Gerald Mosher

The Frankfort Daily Inquirer
Tuesday, August 4, 1942
Page 1

Gerald Mosher Falls Under Wheels of U. P. Train and Is Instantly Killed.

Gerald Mosher, 16-year-old son of Elton and Louisa Mosher, was instantly  killed last evening at about 9:00 o'clock, when he fell beneath the wheels of a Union Pacific freight train two miles northwest of Winifred.

Gerald, together with Harold Pittenger, son of Mr.. and Mrs. C. A. Pittenger, was "bumming" a ride on the train to Marysville where they planned to attend a  picture show.  The boys were riding in a coal car, but shortly after leaving Winifred they decided to climb on top of a freight car.  In some manner Gerald lost his footing and fell from the ladder on the end of the train.  When Harold saw his companion fall he jumped from the train and ran back to the place where the tragedy had
occurred.  He discovered Gerald's badly mangled body, then ran to the Arthur Argo home to summon help.  Mr. Argo notified the sheriff and coroner and after these officials made their investigation the remains were brought to the undertaking rooms here.  The boy's body was so badly crushed and mangled by the wheels of the train that it will be impossible to open the casket at the funeral.

Gerald was born on a farm in the Mound Chapel community, northwest of Frankfort on May 16, 1926.  All of his life was spent in this community and for the past several years he resided in Frankfort with his mother at their home on West Fourth Street.  He would have been a sophomore in Frankfort high school this fall.  He was a good, energetic boy and worked hard to help his mother.  For several years he delivered the Kansas City papers here, and later worked on an extra gang for the
railroad company, but was not allowed to keep that job on account of his age.

He is survived by his mother, Mrs. Louisa Mosher of Frankfort; his father, Elton Mosher of Manhattan; one sister, Mrs. W. R. Parmentier of Barrett; his grandfather, W. F. Miller of Frankfort, and a number of other relatives who have the sympathy of all in their great sorrow.

Funeral services will be held at the Oelkers Funeral Chapel Wednesday morning at 10 o'clock and burial will be in the Frankfort Cemetery.

Contributed by Earl Hoffman


Mrs. Catherine Murray, relict of the late Michael Murray, died at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. James Ragan, three miles northeast of town on Monday Morning.

Mrs. Murray's maiden name was Coogan, and she was born in the parish of Kilberg, County Meath, Ireland, about 82 years ago. She came to America when a girl and in 1851 was married to Michael Murray at Plank's Point, N.Y. Mr. Murray died in January, 1886. They came to Kansas in the early days and settled in the St. Bridget neighborhood, afterward moving to what is now Axtell, Mr. Murray being one of the first to establish a business house in this city. After her husband's death, Mrs. Murray retained her residence in Axtell and lived alone a great portion of the time till the past year, when her health became poor and she was looked after by her children. She leaves two children, Mrs. James Ragan and Mrs. John Montgomery.

Thus the old residents of this neighborhood are leaving for the other world one by one. Coming here in the early days, Mrs. Murray with her husband suffered the privations of frontier life and did her share in transforming the country from a dreary prairie to one of the best countries under the sun.

The funeral services were held in the Catholic church in this city on Wednesday morning, conducted by Father Burk, and the remains were laid to rest beside those of her husband in St. Bridget Cemetery. The Axtell Anchor, September 26, 1902

Contributed by Father Tom Dolezal, Pastor of St. Michael's in Axtell, KS.


Venton R. Osborne passed away Friday, March 28 at Community Memorial Hospital at the age of 81. He was born February 7, 1905 at Sabetha, Kansas the son of Roy and Jennie Osborne and grew up and attended school at Irving, Kansas. He married Agnes Boyd April 11, 1927 and to the union was born six children. They moved to Blue rapids and their present home in November of 1957. Venton worked for the Blue River Sand and Gravel Company for 40 years before retiring in 1970. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church and Masonic Lodge, both of Blue Rapids and liked out of doors activities like fishing and gardening. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and two grandsons. He leaves to mourn his passing, his wife, Agnes of the home; three sons, Gene and wife Naomi of Nampa, Idaho; Boyd of Lincoln, Nebraska and Duane and wife Leanne of Nickerson, Kansas; three daughters, Donna Smith, Marysville, Norma Akin and husband Howard, Topeka, Mary Hazzard and husband, Charles, Bellevue, Nebraska; thirteen grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Maude Harris and Mrs. Ada Worthington, Blue rapids; two brothers, Farrell of Blue rapids and Lynn of St. Petersberg, Florida, other relatives and many friends. Memorial services were held Tuesday, April 1 at the Presbyterian Church in Blue Rapids wit Rev. Craig Rackliffe, officiating. Organist was Mrs. Ralph Gallup who also accompanied Mr. Dan Moses who sang "Beyond The Sunset" and "How Great Thou Art". Pallbearers were grandsons.
Blue Rapids Times - 10 April 1986

Contributed by James A. Nethery

Emeline (Parker) Parrish

From the Blue Rapids Times
May 14, 1891


At the residence of her son, Chas. H. Parrish, of this city, on the morning of May 11th, 1891, Mrs. Emeline Parrish, aged 80 years.

Deceased, who was the daughter of the late Alexander Parker, was born in Watertown, N.Y., where she resided until her marriage to Mr. W. R. Parrish, when they moved to Cape Vincent, N.Y., where she spent the most of her days. She later, with her husband, moved to Odell, Ill., and for the past ten years has resided with her sons in Kansas. Early in life she became a member of the Episcopal church, and has ever stood firm in the faith, leading an earnest and active life for good. She leaves three sons and one daughter to mourn her loss--Chas. H. of Blue Rapids, O. W. of Marysville, Fred F., of St. Joseph, Mo., and Mrs. F. A. Howard, of Rockford, Ill. Funeral service was held at the residence of her son in this city on Tuesday morning, and the remains taken to the family burying ground at Odell, Ill., to be placed by the side of those of her late husband.

(Note: This obituary was found on the same page as one which was submitted to the Obituary page. Since it was so informative, I included it here to help other Parker/Parrish researchers).



Funeral services for Mrs. W. D. PATTERSON, 67-year old Marshall county pioneer and resident of this city 35 years, who died at her home, 208 N. 10th Street were held Monday at Rice's Funeral Home with burial following in Marysville cemetery.

Her death came as a shock as she had been ill only the day previous. She had a wide acquaintance and had many friends.

The Rev. Frank E. FUNK, Presbyterian pastor, was in charge of rites, assisted by the Rev. M.W. WHITLOW, Methodist minister.

Maiden name of the deceased was Sarah Mable THOMAS and she was born at Dawn, Mo., October 21, 1872. She came to Marshall county with her parents in 1880 and had lived in the county ever since.

She was married to Dr. W. D. PATTERSON April 24, 1895 at Home City.

Mrs. PATTERSON is survived by three brothers: Daniel S. THOMAS, Grand Junction, Colo., A. E. THOMAS, Norman, Okla., B.J. THOMAS, Hastings, Neb.; four sisters: Mrs. Wm. THOMAS, Blaine, Mrs. C. N. KIRKWOOD, Marysville, Miss Nannie THOMAS, DeBeque, Colo., and Mr. Robert CRANE, Wathena: three children: W. D. PATTERSON, Jr. and Preston PATTERSON O Marysville, and Mrs. Edna N. VAN EPPS of Omaha, Neb.; and three grandchildren: David and Ben PATTERSON and Charles VAN EPPS.

Her husband preceeded her in death December 3, 1936.


William Dowie PATTERSON



Funeral services for Dr. W. D. PATTERSON, 76, well known pioneer physician of Marysville were held Saturday afternoon at his home, 208 North Tenth Street.

Death called the doctor last Thursday morning unexpectedly following a few hour's brief illness. For some time he had been a victim of angina pectoris, which was attributed to the cause of his death.

He became ill during the night, complaining of pains across his chest. However, the condition improved, and he went to sleep. Soon after he arose at 7:30 o'clock, he became seriously ill, and death followed within half an hour.

Dr. PATTERSON was well and favorably known over a wide section of Marshall county. His long practice as a physician had aided him in gaining his extensive acquaintanceship.

Born near Andes, N.Y., October 19, 1860 he migrated to Illinois, southern Kansas, and then went on a farm 4 12 miles southeast of Oketo.

Later he moved with his father to Wymore, Neb. where he became assistant postmaster.

Moving to St. Joseph, Mo., the deceased took up the study of medicine and was graduated from Ensworth Medical college in 1891. He began his practice in Claremore, Mo., where he resided a short time before moving to Home City. He served as physician for the former St. Joseph & Grand Island railway in connection with his private practice while at Home City.


Since September, 1905 he had made his practicing headquarters in Marysville as well as his home. He maintained an office in the downtown district until two years ago when he moved it to His residence, and carried on his practice from there.

Dr. PATTERSON was health officer here some 25 years ago at the time of a smallpox epidemic in this city.

For many years he served as clerk of the local Modern Woodmen of America lodge.

He always took an active interest in civic affairs of his city and community.

A lover of dogs, Dr. PATTERSON was seldom seen about his home or downtown without "Boots" and "Gov", a couple of animals which had been his pals for nearly a decade.

Dr. PATTERSON liked flowers, too. He had a garden of flowers every summer at his home.

In his funeral sermon, Dr. MUNNEKE said of the deceased, "A man who likes dogs and flowers is a good man."

Coincidental was it that the doctor died on the birthday of his sister who was 81 years old.

Dr. PATTERSON was wedded to Miss Sarah M. THOMAS April 24, 1895, and she, with the following survive: his sons, W.D.PATTERSON Jr., 800 Jackson street;

Preston PATTERSON, of the home; his daughter, Mrs. Ralph VAN EPPS, Omaha, Neb.; and his sister, Mrs. Belle DAIKERS, Beatrice, Neb. Also three grandchildren.

One child died in infancy.

Following the rites at the home with Dr. S. A. MUNNEKE officiating, assisted by Rev. M. W. WHITLOW, local Methodist pastor, burial was made in the Marysville cemetery.

Contributed by Dianne Richards


William David PATTERSON Jr., 76, 208 North Tenth, city retired Union Pacific railroad chief clerk, died Thursday, April 5, 1973, at Community Memorial hospital after a lengthy illness.

For many years he was ticket agent at the local office of the Union Pacific where he sold thousands of dollars in fares for passengers on the railroad. He was known over a wide segment of the railroad system.

Services were held Monday afternoon at 2 p.m. from the Memorial Presbyterian church of which he was a member. The Rev. Leo JEAMBEY officiated, and burial was in the Marysville cemetery with arrangements by Kinsleys.

Born June 17, 1896, at Home City, he was the son of Dr. William David PATTERSON, Sr., and Sarah Mabel THOMAS, pioneer Marysville families.

He was graduated from Marysville high school in 1916.

He was married July 14, 1919 to Hilda Vera STAUF and they were the parents of two sons. They had made their home at 208 North Tenth since 1945.

He was a member of the Brotherhood of Railroad Clerks, and the Union Pacific Old Timers club.

Preceding him in death were his parents, and a sister Ann who died in infancy.

Survivors are his widow, Mrs. Hilda PATTERSON, of the home; his sons David PATTERSON, Carol Gables, Fla.; Ben PATTERSON, Clinton, Iowa; a sister Mrs. Edna VAN EPPS, Omaha, Neb.; a brother Preston PATTERSON, Washington D.C.; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Mrs. Gordon DOWNARD, soloist, sand Rock of Ages and Beautiful Garden of Prayer, accompanied by Miss Marie GRAUER, Organist. The Pallbearers were Howard WAKEFIELD, Howard GOINS, Harold FUNK, George STANTON, Sylvester SCHMIDT and James TRACY



Mrs. Hilda PATTERSON, 75, 208 North Tenth St., Marysville, widow of W. D. PATTERSON, longtime Union Pacific Passenger agent here, died at Community Memorial hospital, December 17, 1974 at 8:20 p.m. after an illness of nine weeks.

Funeral services were held Friday at 11 a.m. at Memorial Presbyterian church, Marysville, of which she was a member, with Dr. James SEEBER, interim pastor officiating.

The daughter of Henry and Elizabeth STAUF, Hilda Vera STAUF was born April 26, 1899 in Marysville where she lived her entire lifetime.

She was gratuated from Marysville high school in 1918 and was married to William David PATTERSON, Jr., July 14, 1919, and they were the parents of two sons, David and Ben.

Active in church, lodge and social organizations she was a life member of United Presbyterian Women, and had served as president of its predecessor, the Social Circle. She was a 50-year member of Hilda chapter, Order of the Eastern Star, which she served as worthy matron in 1936, past president of Chapter BB, PEO sisterhood, past president of Union Pacific Old Timers auxiliary, and was knitting chairman of Marshall county chapter, American Red Cross during World War II.

She was also a member of Jollettes, Sun Valley and L.L.S. bridge clubs.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry STAUF, and three sisters, Mrs. Emma LINDENBERG, Mrs. Olga CALHOUN, and Mrs. Alma VAUGHN.

She is survived by her sons, David J. PATTERSON, Cincinnati, Ohio, and Ben PATTERSON, Clinton, Iowa; her sister, Nora, Mrs. R. G. ANDREWS, Mary Marshall MANOR and her brother, Arthur STAUF, Wichita, six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Jerome LUEERS, soloist, was accompanied by Miss Marie GRAUER, organist.

Casket bearers were Melvin KRAEMER, Ernest LANGE, Kenneth V. MOSES, Sylvester SCHMIDT, Walter SCHWARZ, and Howard WAKEFIELD.

Contributed by Dianne Richards

AMERICA PAULEY (1832 - November 22, 1916)

(From an unnamed paper)

America Smock was born in Kentucky in 1832. Moved to Indiana and grew to womanhood there. At the age of 15 she united with the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Kentucky. She was married to Solomon Pauley August 17, 1849, remaining in Indiana until they moved to Iowa in 1857, living in Mahaska county two years, then coming to Monroe county and has lived half a century in the home from which she passed away.

To this union four children were born, three of whom are living the other one passing away only a week before her mother. They are R.S. Pauley, of Beattie, Kans., Mary A., of Cherryvale, Kans., but recently of near Avery, and deceased; Mrs. Lessinger of Avery and J.A. Pauley of Albia. She was a sturdy, strong woman, and remained very active until recent years. For the last three of four months her health had been failing, but she was under the constant care of her children. Her son, R.S., of Kansas, came a month ago to help care for her and was such a comfort and help to his mother in her last days. Her children, one grandchild and one great grandchild were with her when the end came, Wednesday forenoon, November 22, having lived to the ripe old age of nearly 85 years.

Mrs. Pauley is the last old settler on the road from Albia to Eddyville.

Those left to mourn their loss are the three children, 16 grandchildren, a number of great grandchildren and relatives and friends.

The son, R.S. Pauley, has served his home state of Kansas as Senator and it at present serving from his District as Senator. He also served his county as Treasurer for four years.

Funeral services were held at her home Friday, Nov 24, 1916, conducted by Rev. J.A. Barnes of Service. Interment at Coventer Cemetary. The floral offerings were many and beautiful.

Those from out of town attending the funeral were Mrs. C.A. Corum and Mrs. Paul Little and son of Cherryvale, Kans., and R.S. Pauley of Beattie, Kans.



(Topeka Daily Capital, Jan 9, 1976)

Jess Pauley, 88, 127 Holman, died Thursday [Jan 8, 1976] in a Topeka hospital following an extended illness.

He was born Nov. 17, 1889, in Beattie. He was a retired farmer and farmed in Marshall, Pottawatomie and Shawnee counties. He had lived in Topeka about two years.

He was a veteran of World War I and was a 50-year member of Jimmy Lillard post No. 131 of the American Legion, Rossville. He was also a member of the Jayhawk council of World War I veterans, Barracks No. 1113.

He was married to Ida E. Peterson on Feb. 16, 1915, in Seneca. She survives.

Also surviving is a daughter, Mrs. Wilam Ensley, 1919 N. Jefferson; a sister, Mrs. Cora Wuester, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Services are pending at Parker mortuary. Burial will be in Beattie Cemetery, Beattie.



Jan 17, 1907 - Jan 22, 1973

Mrs. Wayne Pauley, 66, former Marysville resident, died early Monday morning, January 22, 1973, of cancer at Sunnyside, Wash.

Survivors include her children, Nora Lee, Roland, Patricia (Mrs. Arvine young) and Wayne, all of Washington state, and several grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held today at the Smith Funeral home, followed by burial at Sunnyside.

[handwritten notes under clipping: Nellie Pauley - Wayne\'s wife, BORN Jan 17, 1907]. This is not the same person as Nellie E. Pauley, June 16, 1886 (Axtell) - November 25, 1967}}



(unknown paper, 1940)

Mrs. Nora Pauley passed away at her home in Marysville, Monday afternoon, July 17, [1940] after a prolonged illness. She was past 74 years of age.

Funeral services were held at the Beattie Methodist Church, Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 following short services at the Rice Funeral Home in Marysville. Rev. J.D. Goldsmith, pastor of the Marysville Baptist Church gave the funeral sermon. Interment was in the Beattie Union Cemetery.

Mrs. Pauley was the daughter of Joseph and Susan Totten who were among the earliest pioneers in this community. She was born here September 22, 1865. She was educated in the schools of this community.

On December 22, 1881 she was married to R.S. Pauley. They established their home on a farm northeast of Beattie, and continued to live there until 1920, when they retired and moved to Marysville.

Nine children were born to them, five of whom survive. Mr. Pauley passed away July 27, 1935.

Surviving are three sons and two daughters: Ray S. Pauley, Westmorland; Jesse T. Pauley, Silver Lake; Wayne R. Pauley, Marysville; Mrs. Elsie Simpson, Hays; and Mrs. Cora Wuester, Centralia. One brother, Joseph Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, also survives. There are thirteen grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Mrs. Pauley became a member of the Baptist Church when she was twelve years old and continued faithful to her church during the remainder of her life. She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star.


R. S. Pauley

(unknown paper, 1935

Roley S. Pauley, son of Solomon and America Smock Pauley, was born in Monroe County, Indiana, June 23, 1849. He passed away at his home in Marysville, Kansas, at 4:15 p.m., Saturday July 27, 1935, aged 86 years, one month, four days.

At the age of seven he moved with his parents to Monroe County, Iowa where he lived until 1878, when the pioneer spirit urged him to come to Kansas, where he settled on a farm southeast of Beattie. On December 22, 1881, he was united in marriage with Nora. E. Totten. To this union were born nine children, four of whom preceded Mr. Pauley in death: Susan, A., and Roland in infancy and Della E. on November 16, 1928. Mr. Pauley is survived by his wife and five children: Ray S. Pauley, Fostoria, Kansas; Elsie Simpson, Springfield, Missouri; Cora Wuester, Centralia, Kansas; and Wayne R. Pauley of Marysville, Kansas; by twelve grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He is also survived by his only brother, A.J. Pauley, Albion, Iowa, and many other relatives and a host of friends.

In 1882 Mr. and Mrs. Pauley moved to the home farm northeast of Beattie, where they lived until 1920, when they retired from active farming and moved to the present family home in Marysville.

Mr. Pauley came to Kansas as a pioneer and from the first took an active interest in the welfare and affairs of his community. He served Marshall County two terms as County Treasurer and four years as State Senator. Mr. Pauley has for years been a member of the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons and took an active interest in the work of the Beattie Lodge; also in the Marysville chapter of Royal Arch Masons.

Short funeral services were held at the home in Marysville, Monday morning, followed by services at the Beattie Methodist church at 10:30 a.m. Rev A. Eckert of Randolph, a former pastor of the Beattie church, delivered the funeral sermon. Burial was made in the Beattie Union Cemetery, the Beattie Lodge A.F. & A.M. having charge of the services at the grave.

The preceding Pauley obituaries were contributed by Terry Wuester Milne


Marysville Advocate
12 June 1930

John Peter Paxton, a resident of Marysville for the past twenty years, died at the family home, 409 May Street, at 4:25 o'clock Sunday morning after an illness of five days from pneumonia. He was aged 70 years, 5 months and 21 days.

Born at Hillard, O., December 17, 1859, he resided there eleven years, coming to Kansas with his parents in 1870. In 1875 he moved to Marshall county and settled at Oketo that fall. On February 10, 1878 he was united in marriage with Miss Rebecca Schultz and to this union thirteen children were born, ten of whom with the widow survive. The children are: C.F. Paxton, of Lookeba, Okla.; B. E. Paxton, residence unknown; G. R. Paxton, of Steele City, Nebr.; L. G. and R. A. Paxton, of Marrysville; Mrs. Rose DeGroff and Mrs. Bertha Holle, of Marysville; Mrs. Sarah Edgar, of Hanover and Mrs. Violet Gillespie, of St. Joseph, Mo. Mr. Paxton is also survived by fifty-three grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, one brother, one half-brother and one half-sister.

Funeral services were held at the residence at 2:30 o'clock Tuesday afternoon, conducted by Rev. S. A. Munneke, of the Presbyterian church and interment was made in the Deer Creek Cemetery.

(note: one of the children, Mrs. Milton Johnson, was omitted from the obituary)



Marysville Advocate
17 September, 1936

Mrs. Rebecca Paxton, a life-long resident of Marshall county, died Tuesday afternoon at 1 o'clok at her home, 417 May street. She suffered a stroke Labor day and her condition after than was critical. Mrs. Paxton had lived at the home where she died seventeen years and in Marysville twenty-six years.

Funeral services will be held Friday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock at the Guthrie funeral home with the Rev. M. W. Whitlow officiating. Interment will be in the Deer Creek cemetery.

Rebecca Schultz was born on a farm two miles south of Marysville February 13, 1862. She was married to John Paxton February 10, 1878. With the exception of three years in Idaho, both spent all their lives in this county. For many years they lived on a farm east of Marietta. In 1910 they moved to Marysville. mr. Paxton died June 7, 1930.

The Paxtons were the parents of thirteen children. Two daughters, Clara and Mary, died in infancy and another, Mrs. Alice Yeatman, in 1924. Surviving Mrs. Paxton are five sons, C. F. Paxton, Lookeba, Okla.; B. E. Paxton, San Diego, Calif.; G. R. Paxton, LaGrande, Ore.; L. G. Paxton and R. A. Paxton, Marysville; five daughters, Mrs. Milton Johnson and Mrs. Oliver DeGroff, Marysville; Mrs. George Edgarr, Hanover; and Mrs. S. E. Gillispie, St. Joseph.

(note: a daughter, Mrs. Phillip Holle, was omitted from this obituary)

Submitted by Alice Allen


Word was received Saturday by Mrs. B. W. Forbes that her brother-in-law, Phil Phalen of Wahoo, Nebr. Had passed away. Mr. and Mrs. Forbes and Mrs. George Boyd of Blue Rapids left immediately for Wahoo. Mr. Forbes and Mrs. Boyd returned Sunday evening. Funeral services where held at Wahoo Tuesday with burial at Lincoln. He leaves his widow, the former Anna McCoy, well known in Irving, and one son and daughter.
Blue Rapids Times - 27 August 1936

Contributed by James A. Nethery

William Power

Marysville Advocate, February 10, 1994


William "Bill" Power, 86, Washington, died Saturday, Jan. 22, 1994, at Community Memorial Hospital. Services were at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 25, from St. Augustine's Catholic Church, Washington. The Rev. Louis Mattas officiated.

Burial was in St. Bridget's Catholic Cemetery, Axtell, with arrangements by Ward Funeral Home of Washington.

Music was by Donna Noll, organist, and Rosemary Anderson, soloist.

Pallbearers were Leo Glynn, Bill Sunneberg, Charles Krogman, Tom Young, Galen Runnebaum, and Vince Buessing.

He was born Aug. 2, 1907 at Vesta, Neb., the son of James and Mary Hauswith Power. He was a retired farmer. He was a member of St. Augustine's Catholic Church, Washington.

He married Elsie Carroll May 8, 1935, at Axtell.

Survivors include his wife; and a sister, Catherine Madden, Longmont, Colo.

Contributed by Dianne Fulwider


"The Courier Tribune, Seneca, Ks
March 30, 1942 

John Purcell was the third eldest of nine children born to James and Johanna Brazil Purcell in Chicago, Feb. 28, 1866.  James Purcell moved with his family and the families of two brothers, Michael and Patrick, to Marshall County, Ks., in the spring of 1879 and settled on farms in the Windy Ridge School District (Nemaha Co).  After years of hardship, including grasshoppers and drought, the children left the Ridge and sought other means of livelihood, the parents returning to Chicago, with the exception of Michael, who died and lies buried in St. Joseph's cemetery, Irish Creek. 

John Purcell married Catherine McCarthy, the daughter of a Windy Ridge farmer and Irish Creek Family.  After marriage he disposed of his farm there and purchased another near Blaine, where his three children were born.  One of these children died in infancy, Frank, the surviving son, is married and lives on a farm south of Atchison, and with his wife was present for the funeral.  Mary, the daughter was a school teacher and married John Flentie, the son of a pioneer.  John Purcell's wife died some 20 years ago.  For several years he carried on at Blaine and finally retired from active work and came to live with his daughter, where his years of retirement were made happy by her devotion and that of his grandchildren and son-in-law.

All the brothers and the only sister were present at his funeral, at the old Saint Joseph's on the Prairie; Church of the family at Irish Creek (Lillis), Saturday morning.  Michael W., an attorney in Los Angeles; James, a retired official of the Santa Fe, from Kansas City; Patrick, a retired engineer of the Santa Fe, from Santa Fe, New Mexico; Monsignor Francis, a Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago and Pastor of St. Mel's Church; Thomas, Dean of the School of Dentistry, Saint Louis University, St. Louis, Mo.; Joseph, retired vice president of the Dearborn Chemical Co., Chicago; Mary Owens, widow of a police sergeant of the City of Chicago Police Force, and Johanna Beahen, a cousin.  Many devoted friends of the Purcell families were present at the Solemn Requiem High Mass in St. Joseph's Church, Friday at 10:00 o'clock.  Monsignor Francis Purcell, Celebrant, was assisted by Rev. Wm. Lobeck, Pastor of St. Joseph's Church as Deacon and Rev. Timothy Burke, Pastor of St. Michael's Church,  Wheaton as Sub-Deacon.  Burial was by the side of his wife and infant daughter.  Pallbearers were Will Watson, Robert Shafer, E.M. (Matt) McAtee, Andy Brophy, Dan Caffrey, and Leo Mitchell.

We wish to express appreciation to our relatives, friends and neighbors for their kindness and thoughtfulness during our bereavement.-Mr. and Mrs.
John Flentie and family, The Brothers and Sister.

Contributed by William Brady

Charles F. Pusch


Thursday, October 4, 1923
Page 1, Vol. 39 No. 7


During the past week Marysville suffered a material loss in the death of Charles F. Pusch, a long time resident; enterprising and successful manufacturer; for ten years mayor of the city and one who had ever been in the front rank in promoting its welfare.

Charles F. Pusch was born in Marienburg, West Prussia, Germany, October 16, 1851, died at his home in Marysville, Kas., Friday, September 28, 1923, aged 71 years 11 months and 12 days. Funeral services from his late home Monday afternoon, October 1, at 3:00 o'clock, conducted by Rev. Fred E. Brooks of the Memorial Presbyterian church, interment in Marysville cemetery.

The father of Chas. F. Pusch was engaged in the tobacco and cigar business in Marienburg so that the boy acquired a close knowledge of the business at an early age. The elder Pusch came to the United States in the middle 60's and established a cigar business in New York City at Forty-second street on ground now covered by the New York Central Railroad station. Through the influence of an uncle young Charles secured a three year respite from military service and came to this country in 1868. His father had already become a citizen of the United States and the young man automatically acquired citizenship on obtaining his majority.

For a period of a year Charles F. was associated with his father at the New York City location and in 1869 went to Troy, N. Y., and there worked for nearly three years at the cigar business. In Troy he became acquainted with Miss Margaret Elizabeth Barringer, who was afterward to become his wife and when the Barringers came to Kansas in 1871 Mr. Pusch decided to make the trip in the following year with the sole intent of marrying the woman of his choice and returning to Troy.

The young man became immediately impressed with the country around Marysville and with that keen business vision which was characteristic of him he sensed the future of the growing country and decided to permanently cast his lot here.

On June 30, 1872, Mr. Pusch was united in marriage to Miss Barringer, the ceremony being performed by Judge McCurdy at Waterville. In that year he took his small capital, which amounted to only $600, and established his first factory, locating at Eighth and Broadway in the little building which now stands to the rear of the Barlow Grocery. He built up a business on quality and square dealing and needing larger quarters he purchased the ground on which the Landes Meat Market now stands and put up a factory on the lot. But the business continued to expand and in 1879 he purchased the ground at the corner of Tenth and Broadway and put up a two-story frame building, using the lower floor for his factory and living quarters on the upper floor. In 1892 the growth of the business demanded still more room and the splendid three-story factory was put up on its present location, a factory much larger than the business then demanded but built to show the vision of the founder and his faith in the future. ....

The business career of Mr. Pusch is too well known to need elaboration. To an unusual degree he possessed financial ability, judgment of tobacco which gave to him a national reputation and qualities of salesmanship which brought to him the marked success which crowned his business career.

In 1911 Mr. Pusch was chosen major of the city of Marysville and in the same year chosen a director of the St. Joseph & Grand Island Railroad. As mayor he gave to the business of the community the close personal attention which governed his business life. He found that conditions had been allowed to drift so that no provision had been made for the retirement of the city debt. At once he demanded the establishment of a sinking fund and when this was done he put every department of the city government on the basis of efficiency and labored incessantly to the end that the interests of the people should have full protection.

Zealous for improvement based on his belief in the future of his community, Mayor Pusch sponsored municipal improvement, but always with the idea in mind that the money of the city should be invested in improvements which would be permanent. He had no patience with makeshifts, but in the belief that municipal improvement should be a solid investment on which these who came afterward would realize dividends, he sponsored permanent paving, extension of sewers, extension of water mains and the development of a city park and as we look around Marysville today we can see how much we owe to his initiative.

To his union with Miss Barringer two sons were born, Oscar C. Pusch of this city and Herbert V. who makes his home in Detroit, Mich. Mrs. Margaret Pusch passed away January 28, 1918, and on June 28, 1920, Mr. Pusch was married for a second time choosing as his wife Miss Ethel Parker of Kansas City. He is survived by his widow, two sons and one sister, Miss Johanna Pusch of St. Louis, Mo. ....

The usefulness of a citizen is rarely appreciated in the world in which he lives and moves. It takes the passage of time to give to us the proper perspective, but as we look back at the career of Charles F. Pusch as business man, employer, citizen, father and friend it is easy to see how much of value he has been and all of us who are proud of the advancement of Marysville and who look to its further development cannot but see how much we owe to the initiative, sturdy faith and good judgment of this splendid citizen who has now departed from us.

Following were Tributes from officials of the Union Pacific Railroad with whom Mr. Pusch had been associated.

(Charles F. Pusch was elected to four consecutive terms as Mayor of Marysville.)


Mrs. Charles F. Pusch

Thursday, January 31, 1918
Page 1, Vol. 33 No. 23


Mrs. Chas. F. Pusch, wife of Mayor Chas. F. Pusch, passed away Sunday morning, aged 63 years, 11 months and 26 days, death resulting from meningitis.

Marysville was greatly shocked when the news of her demise was announced as it had been but a few days previously that she was evidently enjoying her usual health. On Thursday the family physician being called to the home to attend her little granddaughter saw that she was not in her usual health and advised her accordingly. She was in a feverish condition but nothing serious was feared. That afternoon she grew worse and the physician was called. Her condition gave indication of the cause of her illness being meningitis and specialists from St. Joseph and Kansas City were telegraphed for. Despite every effort made by the physicians and the best care of a trained nurse, Mrs. Pusch who had become uconscious, gradually declined until relieved of her suffering in death. Only once for a brief period did she regain consciousness.

The funeral, which was private, was held Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock. Prayer was offered by Rev. A. R. Williams in the front hall of the home and the body was interred in the Marysville cemetery. The services at the grave opened with a scriptural reading which was followed by the rendition of "Nearer My God To Thee" by a quartette comprising Messrs. F. J. Olson, M. J. Lee, John Sampson and Dr. F. W. Clark, after which the burial service was held. Those who served in the capacity of pall bearers were: Geo. T. Mohrbacher, Joseph Dwerlkotte, W. W. Potter, Dr. A. C. Ewart, A. B. Campbell and C. M. Chandler. As a token of respect the business men of the city closed their respective places of business during the obsequies.

Margaret Elizabeth Barringer was born at Troy, New York on February 1, 1854. She came to Kansas in 1872 and located in this city and on June 30th of that year she was united in marriage to Chas. F. Pusch, the ceremony taking place at Waterville.

Besides her husband she is survived by two sons, Oscar C. Pusch of this city, and Captain Herbert V. Pusch, who is stationed at Camp Funston. She also leaves three sisters - Mrs. Jennie Cann of Troy, N. Y.; Mrs. Martha Hamilton of Oketo; Mrs. Mary Brainard of Kansas City, and one brother, Edgar Barringer of Nashville, Tenn.

Mrs. Pusch was a faithful and devoted wife, a kind, loving and indulgent mother, a true friend of all who had the pleasure of her acquaintance. In her death the family circle is broken, one is removed whose place can never be filled and she will be sadly missed in the home. Her friends and acquaintances will, too, greatly miss her in their daily rounds. The sincerest sympathy of the community is extended the family in their hour of sorrow.

Contributed by Ruby L. Ewart


Benjamin Franklin Rethemeyer, son of Mr. and Mrs. Herman Rethemeyer, was born January 2, 1881, in Waterville, Kans., where he grew to manhood, attending the public schools, always a bright lovable boy. In childhood he was baptized in the Lutheran faith. While in his youth he was afflicted with white swelling, and through several years of suffering was never know to complain, always looking on the bright side of everything. After losing both father and mother, the responsibilities of his younger brothers, Fred and Herman, were thrown upon him, which he bore faithfully without a word of complaint. Leaving Waterville, with his younger brothers he went to Topeka and from there to California, where he thought the possibilities greater. He remained there until the great World War, when his brothers left him to go to the aid of their country. From there, until his condition grew serious, he traveled back and forth from one climate to another trying to find some climate where he would be relieved, as tuberculosis had begun to take away his strength. Realizing his condition, he remained single throughout life. November 24, 1923, he quietly departed this life at Phoenix Sanitarium, Phoenix, Arizona, his age being 42 years, 10 months and 21 days. He leaves to mourn his death six brothers: Henry and George, of Topeka, Kans., Herman, of Manhattan, Kans., Charles, of St. Joseph, Mo., Walter, of New York, and Fred, who is in camp at Fort Snelling, Minnesota. The remains of the deceased arrived in Waterville on the afternoon train from the east on Wednesday, November 28th, his four brothers, Henry, George, Herman and Charles, having come here the day before. Funeral services, conducted by Rev. C. J. Ferster, were held in the Lutheran church, where the body had been taken from the train, and after the services in the church the burial took place in the family plot in Riverside Cemetery.

Contributed by Georgia Miller Quintana


Helena Lena Rethemeyer was born January 25, 1869, at Camp Point, IL. Here she spent her child life in loving associations of parents and grand parents. At the age of twelve she moved with her parents to Waterville, Kansas. In Waterville her task became that of a sister in a family of twelve. After devoting her girlhood to those about her, in 1888 she became the wife of Isaac Lockington Miller and the mother of a daughter, Mary Elizabeth, and three sons, Walter Lockington, Alton Isaac, and John Marshall, for whom she did all that a mother could do. After Mary's death in infancy the three sons were cared for into maturity, when she achieved the family's consent to baptism into the Christian church. In the fall of 1917 she with her family moved to Manhattan, Kansas, where she lived with bright hopes among pleasant friends until her Heavenly Father saw fit to call her to him on Saturday evening, January 8. She has gone to lead the way for her husband, three sons, and seven brothers.

Contributed by Georgia Miller Quintana


(Editor's note: The newspaper misspelled the last name. The correct spelling is Reilly).

Patrick Riley, one of the old settlers of St. Bridget neighborhood, died at his home on Tuesday evening after a short illness from heart trouble. His age was about seventy five years.

Mr. Riley came to America from Ireland about the year 1850 and ten years later he came to Marshall County and settled in the St. Bridget district, where he has lived ever since, with the exception of a couple years in Axtell. By hard work and thrift he managed to lay up considerable of this world's goods and at the time of his death was in comfortable circumstances. He had a wide cirle of friends, who regret to hear of his demise. While he had his peculiarities, yet as a neighbor no man in Marshall County could surpass him, and many times has he turned out in storm and sunshine to relieve the distress of the afflicted or needy.
About 1868, Mr. Riley was married to Margaret Myers, who survives him. To this union two children were born, Charles (now deceased) and Lizzie, now the wife of Michael Mealy.

The funeral services were held at St. Bridget yesterday forenoon and were conducted by Rev. P. R. O'Sullivan. The remains were laid to rest in the St. Bridget Cemetery.

The Axtell Anchor, August 3, 1900

Contributed by Father Tom Tom Dolezal, pastor of St. Michael's in Axtell, Ks.


(From the Beattie Journal, July 1, 1926)

Prince Albert Rooks died at his home in Beattie Saturday afternoon, June 26th, at 12:30 o\rquote clock, after a brief illness, at the age of 79 years and 5 months. The cause of his death was bowel trouble.

He was taken ill Monday evening and while given medical attention he gradually grew worse until his death ensued.

The funeral was conducted by Rev. C. L. Ruhlen from the late home at 9:00 o'clock Tuesday morning. The remains were taken to his old home at Kel ly, Kansas and interment was made in the Roots cemetery, 7 miles south of Seneca. The Nemaha Lodge No. 19, I.I.O.F., of Seneca, of which the deceased had been a member for about forty years, conducted their service at the grave. Members of Earl Taylor P ost, American Legion, of Seneca, fired three volleys and sounded taps in behalf of the G. A. R. of which he was a member.

The large number of old neighbors, relatives and friends who assembled at the cemetery bespeak the high esteem in which he was held in his old home community.

Prince Albert Roots was born in West Kent, England, January 26, 1847. He came to the United States with his parents when seven years of age and they set up their home in Nemeha County at Kelly, Kans.

He was married July 11, 1876 to Margarette Matilda Toole, with whom he lived until the time of her decease on January 23, 1921. Of this union three children survive both parents; Mrs. Mary King, Mrs. Belle Burnside and Mrs. Elizabeth Bigham. One son is deceased.

Besides the children, there are four grandsons, Will Moore, Charles Moore, Dale Roots and Glen Burnside, and two grandaughters, Mrs. E. C. Nieman and Miss Charlette King; also two great grandchildren, Lynn and Billie Junior Moore.

Mrs. Ella Kline, a step-daughter, also survives, and two step-sons are deceased.

Mr. Roots was married a second time, being united in marriage to Mrs. Carrie Allen on October 11, 1924. His second wife survives him.

Mr. Roots moved to Beattie about seven years ago and has since made his home here.

The passing of Mr. Roots takes one more from the very thin ranks of the veterans of the Civil war. He was a member of the 7th Kansas Cavalry. He served his country in the hour of her great need, during the dark days of civil strife and by a kind provid ence was permitted to survive that strife and live to see her grown to the first power in all the world. He remained true to the old flas as a private citizen through more than half a century since the war as he proved true duri ng the years of his active army service.

He was always a true friend to the sick and suffering, giving of his service wherever he found a human need. He suffered intensely but patiently during his last brief illness.

He leaves besides his own family many friends and neighbors, both here and at his former home at Kelly, who are bereaved at his passing.

Those from out of town who were in attendance at the funeral of Mr. Roots were: Mr. and Mrs. Carl King and daughter, Charletta, of Kansas City, K as., Mrs. Ella Kline and daugher, Mildred, Mr. and Mrs. Will Moore and sons William and Lynn of Wetmore, Chas. Moore of Shreveport, La., and Mrs. Jennie Vanderfort of Kelly

Contributed by: DorothyBailey

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