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MRS. ALICE C. MAXWELL Mrs. Alice Cary Thompson Maxwell, 78, of 300 Hillside, Topeka died Sunday morning in a Topeka hospital. She was born May 22, 1874, near Fostoria and spent her early life near Westmoreland and in Ness county. She was a graduate of the School of Nursing at Bethany hospital in Kansas City and of the National Training School for Deaconesses in Evanston, Ill. She was a member of the First Methodist church, West Side WCTU, and the Topeka Methodist Ministers Wives Association. Her husband, the Rev. Albert T. Maxwell, Methodist minister, died in 1943 in Norman, Oklahoma. She moved to Topeka four years ago. She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Huff of Topeka and Mrs. Ed Allard, Tuscon, Arizona; a brother, the Rev. Howard Thompson [sic] of Lawton, Oklahoma and two granddaughers. The funeral was held at 10 a. m. Tuesday at the Aldersgate Chapel of the First Methodist church with burial in Moore, Oklahoma. Mrs. Maxwell grew to womanhood in the Pleasant Run neighborhood and was a sister of the late Mrs. Belle Tibbetts, also an aunt of Mrs. Elsie Welter and Mrs. Vera Arnold. The relatives that attended the funeral from this community were Mr. and Mrs. Joe Arnold and son, Deane, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Welter, Mr. and Mrs. Cloyde Welter and family, Mr. and Mrs. Lee Tibbetts, Joe Arnold, Jr., of Topeka and Mrs. Vida Neyer of Manhattan. Source: WESTMORELAND RECORDER. [Death was on Feb. 1, 1953 with funeral on Feb. 3, 1953. Maiden name was Thomison.]
Contributed by: John Matrow
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MCALISTER, Daniel Frank

Daniel F. McAlister Daniel Frank McAlister, 83, long a resident of Kansas died Sunday at his home, 1501 Gage. Born January 12, 1863, near Cedar Rapids, Ia., he came to Kansas when an infant with his parents, who settled near Flush. He came to Topeka in 1913, where he had resided since. He was a member of the Orient lodge No. 51, A.F. and A.M. and the I.O.O.F. lodge Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Rosa McAlister of the home; a daughter, Miss Grace McAlister of the home; a sister, Mrs. Mamie Brown, of Manhattan and a brother, D.S. of Moline. Source: Collected by my gggrandmother, Johanna Tieking and her daughter. Submitted by: Bev Bird
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McFARLAND, Edard Thomas

Edward Thomas McFarland died at 507 South Sixth St. in Atchison, Kansas on Nov. 15.1912. He was born in Middleton, Indiana on April 11, 1845. Burial was in Effingham, Kansas on Nov. 17th. He was retired at the time of his death. During the civil War he served in Company E of the 175th Ohio Infantry. He had visisted the area before the war and after marrying Anna Leah Sommers moved to Pottawatomie County. He was a music teacher, had a music store and composed some hymns. Later the family moved to Effingham and Atchison. He was survived by three daughters., Inez, Daisy and Marie and three sons, Lee, Harvey and Harry, all were born in Kansas. NOTE from submitter: Edward Thomas McFarland was my grandfather and was a long time resident of Havensville, Kansas and Pottawatomie County. His daughters Inez and Daisy married brothers, Ray and Frank Stever, respectively. Marie married Vaun H. Benjamin, Sr., my father. All are decreased. Source: "Standard Certificate of Death" No. 203162. Submitted by: Vaun H. Benjamin
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MCFEE, Mrs. Philena

Graveside services for Mrs. Philena McFee, 83, of Colorado Springs, CO., were held in Ft. Login National Cemetery with the Rev. Paul A. Clippinger officiating. Mrs. McFee died Thursday, October 11, 1973 in a local hospital. She was born November 23, 1889, in Wheaton, Kansas to Samuel and Jannie (Allen) Shockey, and had been a local resident since 1944 when she moved to Colorado Springs from Kansas. She was a baptist. Survivors include four daughters, Mrs. Alice Purcell, Onaga, Kan., Mrs. Bessie Barker, Topeka, Kan., Mrs. Delpha Reese, Pueblo; and Mrs. Peggy Finch, Colorado Springs; a son John S. Holmgren, Pueblo; three sisters Mrs. Elsie Shaw, Colorado Springs, Mrs. Winnie Baughman, Lompac, CA; and Mrs. Hattie Cohig,, Lompac, CA; two brothers brothers Allen and Sam Shockey, both of California, as well as nine grandchildren, five great grandchildren and one great -great grandchild. Pallbears for the service were Spencer Lee Finch, Paul S. Finch and Harold Shaw. Source: This is a copy of what was in the Colorado Springs Gazette. Submitted by: Linda Sanborn
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McNAY, Cecil Jane (Snodgrass)

Obituary -- Mrs. J. W. McNay Celia Jane Snodgrass was born on November 8th, 1848, in Monongalia county, Virginia (now West Virginia). On the Christmas day following she with her parents, crossed the Ohio river and located near Matamoras, Washington county, Ohio, where she lived until she was 16 years of age. She then came with her uncle's family to Pottawatomie county, Kansas, locating about five miles northeast of Louisville near the Vermillion creek. On May 31, 1866, she was united in marriage with the late J. W. McNay at Louisville, Kansas. To this union ten children were born: Frank McNay of Bothell, Washington; S. L. McNay of Long Beach, California; Stacy McNay of Huntington Park, California; C. W. McNay of Louisville, Kansas; Mrs. Minnie Dawe of Abilene, Kansas. These are living. Those preceding here in death are: William, Thomas, Amelia and Clara Belle. She is also survived by 17 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren, two brothers, J. C. Snodgrass of Louisville, Kansas and Marion Snodgrass of Council Grove, Kansas; one sister, Mrs. Carrie Stinger of Council Grove, Kansas. Other relatives and friends join with the family in mourning their loss. Mr. and Mrs. McNay moved to Louisville in 1880, where Mrs. McNay resided at the time of her death May 25, 1929, at the age of 80 years, 6 months and 17 days. While still a young woman she united with the Methodist church and was a faithful member and attendant until ill health prevented her. She was a devoted wife and mother, and always lived a life of service to other relatives and strangers. In her young life as a pioneer woman she helped at the bedside of the sick and afflicted. She did all that she could to aid in the sorrows of others. She carried this gift down through her life as long as she was able. She was not afraid of death but was anxious to join her Savior and companion and children. Her favorite scripture promise was "Come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest". She has now obtained that rest which is promised to the children of God. She gave her help freely to all in need regardless of station, race or creed. The funeral services were conducted at the Louisville Methodist church by Rev. J. A. Westerman of Wamego. Her body was laid to rest in the Louisville cemetery by the side of her life companion of over 60 years. Source: The Wamego Times 30 May 1929
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Mary McWilliams Mrs. Mary McWilliams Dead Mrs. Mary McWilliams died at the hospital in St. Louis. Thursday, December 20th, after an illness which had endured for about three years but which did not become serious until a few days before her death. The remains arrived here last Sunday and were buried in the Catholic cemetery after benediction at the Church of Immaculate Conception being interred beside those of her husband who died in 1902. The pall bearers, chosen from old family friends, were: John Brady, John Mullen, John Powell, Tim Sullivan, Martin Sweeney and Thomas Mainey. Mary McDonnell was born in County Carlow, Ireland, in 1837, most of her early life being spent in Dublin. She came to America in 1866 settling at St. Louis. Later she moved to St. Marys where she made her home with her brother, Michael McDonnell and Mrs. Mary Byrnes. On February 22, 1876, she was married to Michael McWilliams at the old Cathedral by Father Kuppens, S.J., now at Florisant, Mo. Together they began to build a home on the land which they purchased from the Santa Fe southwest of this city. Besides her brother,Michael McDonnell, four children remain to mourn her loss, John, Alexander and Mary at home and James at the St. Louis University. No better eulogy can be read over any mother who has gone than to state that her children now grown command the respect of all and who have received a superb christian training. Source: The St. Marys Star, December 27, 1906 Submitted by: Tammy Stuart
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Michael Williams Born County Derry, Ireland, March 2, 1829, Died November2, 1902 Mike McWilliams died very suddenly of heart failure at his home south of Belvue in Wabaunsee County Sunday last. He had left home on horseback to drive cattle out of the stock field, and when found, was dead. The presumption is that he was leading the horse when stricken, as the bridle was off the horse when it came home a short time afterward. The funeral was held Wednesday from the Catholic Church and was largely attended. A native of Ireland, he resided in this vicinity for the past 30 years. He was highly respected, and his death was a shock to his many friends. He leaves a wife and four children, three boys and a girl, all grown, to mourn his passing. The children were all home at the time of his death, except James, who was at St. Stanislaus Novitiate at Florissant, Missouri preparing to study for the priesthood. He was telegraphed for, and was here in time for the funeral. To the bereaved family, we extend sympathy and condolences. May he rest in peace. Source: Recieved this from the town historian in St. Mary's. Submitted: Tammy Stuart
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MILLS, Laura Morse-Baldwin

Obituary for Mrs. J. B. Mills Laura Morse-Baldwin-Mills was born at Richmond Center, Ohio, July 19, 1861. She fell asleep in Jesus December 21, 1924, aged 63, 6 months, and 5 days. She was converted in early womanhood and united with the Baptist church then at the Jenkins schoolhouse near Westmore- land. Later she moved her membership to the Baptist Westmore- land of which she was a member at death. She was first married to Frank C. Baldwin of Adams Peak February 28, 1878. To this union were born five girls and five boys. Two of the boys, Arthur and Frankie, died when young. Mr. Baldwin passed away November 4, 1899. She was married the second time to J. B. Mills of Westmoreland, November 19, 1901. To this union was born one son, Royal. Her living children present at the funeral were Mrs. Eva Carpenter of Kansas City, Kansas; Forest Baldwin, Hiawatha, Kansas; Dea Baldwin, Sturges, South Dakota; Mrs Lulu Wizarde, Ivan Baldwin, and Royal Mills of Westmoreland. These with the sorrowing husband, J. B. Mills, and a host of friends mourn the departure of this good woman. Funeral services were held at the Christian Church, December 23, 1924, conducted by her former pastor, Rev. T. W. Henshaw, of Lyons. Interment was in the Westmoreland Cemetery. Source: Westmoreland Recorder, January 25, 1925 Submitted by: Bunny Mills
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OBITUARY MRS A. J. MORRIS Died:--Sunday morning, May 11TH at half past nine, of consumption, Mrs. A. J. Morris aged 60 yrs. Sunday morning was as bright as a pleasant May day could be. The children were all assembled in our three Sabbath schools and the older people were just assembling for church, little thinking that the much respected and much loved Mrs. Morris was breathing her last. But such was the case. She was born at Lynchburg Va. May 30th, 1829. Her maiden name was Ellen C. Butcher. In the year 1845 she was united in marriage to Mr. A. J. Morris. Out of the 10 children born to them 5 daughters, and 3 sons are living. Of whom all are married except two sons and one daughter- Ewing, John and Lizzie. Mr. Morris died in Texas in 1870 and the next year the family came to Kansas and settled near Blue Rapids. There they remained until 1887, when they moved to this place. Deceased was a devoted Christian for the past 35 or 40 years, was an excellent example to family and leaves a host of mourning friends and relatives. The funeral services were conducted at the M. E. church Monday afternoon at 3 o'clock by Rev. Estep and Elder Phillips, after which the remains were interred in the city cemetery. Source: "Havensville Register", May 16, 1890, Havensville, Kansas Submitted by: Aletha Fields
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MORRIS, Charles E.

Charles E. Morris, who was drowned Thursday, June 17, 1915, in the motor car accident as related in this issue was born in New York state February 7, 1849 and therefore at the time of his death 66 years, 4 months and 10 days old. When a small boy he moved with his parents to Ogle county, Illinois. At the age of fifteen he enlisted in Company B, Second Regiment, Illinois Volunteers Light Artillery. He managed to enlist as a drummer, though after he enlisted he was given the ordinary work of soldier and never brat a drum. He served one year and was mustered out after the close of the war. In the year 1870 he came to Kansas and homesteaded the farm northwest of where Wheaton is now located and liver there many years. Having gotten a home in Kansas, after two years he returned to his old Illinois home community and there on January 23, 1872, he married Miss Susie Baker and at once returned with his bride to Kansas and commenced in ernest to make a home in sunny Kansas. From the very first, he took an active interest in the community welfare about him, doing effective work in building up of that part of the county. He served his township many years as trustee and held various other offices of trust in his locality. He bought and shipped a great deal of stock. He raised also a large amount of stock and soon had one of the best inproved farms in that part of the country. In 1887 he was nominated by the republicans for sheriff and elected over J.H. Cooper, his democratice opponent by a majority of 147. The democrats selected that year the office of sheriff and treasurer as the ones to be captured by them and the campaign made by Mr. Morris is conceded to have been won after one of the hardest contests ever waged in the county. After serving as sheriff two years, he was reelected over George R. Cooper by a majority of 937, the largest majority given anyone on the ticket who had opposition. After serving the county as sheriff he continued to reside in Westmoreland where he managed his farms, bought stock, served as director and vice president of the Farmers State Bank, in various city offices, was head or one of the leaders of various organizations for the betterment of the town and community, member of the school board and a pusher for railroad enterprises and promoter of any sort of enterprise that appeared to be for the good of the locality in which he lived. He did not agree with everybody at all times about the manner in which various public and semi-public enterprises were done and the people knew it and frequently people did not agree with him and he knew it; but everyone will concede that as a general pusher and as a man who did things, few communities had his superior. In 1907, twenty-one years after he had asked for the office of sheriff, he sought and obtained the nomination of the Republican party for the office of Representative of his county. People were a little curious to know whether Charley Morris could run like he did in his younger days and he showed them by coming through the campaign as one of the high men on the ticket with a majority of 767 over Fred Jones, of Blaine, a popular young democrat. He was reelected in 1910 over W.U. Gard by a majority of 220. In this campaign politics in Pottawatomie county were badly mixed and Mr. Gard had Mr. Morris pretty badly scared, but he won out although the democrats secured three county officers. In 1899, the K.S.& G. went bankrupt and C.E. Morris was appointed receiver. According to the account of the management of the road as given by previous owners and operators, the road had probably lost its owners and operators some twenty thousand dollars and the ties of the road and equipment generally were in bad shape. Mr. Morris started out with the idea that the road could be a paying proposition. He saw that to operate the road with and ordinary engine that fuel and a competent engineer were sources of great expense and that heavy engines and the extremely heavy coach that were pulled over the road were very hard on old ties and poor roadbed. He fitted up first a seven passenger White Streamer auto on railroad trucks and made him some small cars and ahndled the ordinary freight, and later all freight by this car later, getting six-cylinder Mitchells and fitting them up the same way. Passenger business was done in the same way. Mr. Morris put in thousands of ties during the time he was operating the road and made a financial success out of it. Last May the receivership of the road ended by its sale by the sheriff and Mr. Morris bought it. A short time after he organized a company and directors were elected and officers selected, but he retained nearly all the stock himself. The running of the road and a good deal of the bookkeeping, etc., was done by his son, Guy, a most efficient helper of his father and who lost his life in the same motor accident and flood that resulted in the death of his father. Mr. Morris was a member of the Westmoreland Lodge A.F. and A.M. and of Grant Lodge No. 237, A.O.U.W. of Westmoreland. He was on of the oldest members of the latter order and paid his assessments when the entire country was one jurisdiction and when on account of yellow fever in the South, assessments came in bunches and very fast. Most members of the order could not stand the pressure, but Mr. Morris just dug up the money which was a mighty hard thing for him to do in those days and continued to pay up. He carried $2,000 insurnace in this order. He also a good many years ago joined the Select Knights and took out $2,000 in that order. This society was afterwards merged with the Northwestern American Association and the insurance is all right. Mr. Morris owns a good many hundreds of acres of land, has a considerable amount of bank stock, a good deal of live stock, city property and personal property. As a rule, he was successful in his various financial undertakings. Mr. and Mrs. Morris are the parents of ten children, as follows: North Wilson, who died in infancy; Mrs. Alice L. Bigelow of Havensville; Mrs. Melva L. Pomeroy of Westmoreland; Mrs. Kate C. Smith of Greely, Colorado; Henry E. of Westmoreland; Miss Mollie V. of Westmoreland; Donald of Utah; Roy who died in infancy; Guy, who was drowned last Thursday; and a baby son, who died in infancy. There are also nine grandchildren. He is survived by one half-brother, Erie Blish of Canada. The funeral services were conducted this morning at 10 a.m. at the home. The sermon was preached by Rev. H.M. Burr of the Westmoreland Congregational church of which Mr. Morris was a member. Rev. W.R. Ward, pastor of the Methodist church assistaed in the services. The services following those at the home were in charge of the Westmoreland Lodge A.F.A.M. and the burial was with the ritualistic services of the order. The pall bearers were John Robson, Herman Zabel, John McKimens, J.M.S. John, G.W. Forrester and Andrew Nelson; and the honorary pall bearers were Dr. S.R. Toothaker, Jospeh P. Buffington, A.C. Wheeler, Adam Scott, Jr., Dan Maskil and Henry Blume. Internment was in the Westmoreland cemetery. There were many floral designs from the lodges with which Mr. Morris was connected and from others. Notwithstanding only a few hours notice was given of th time of the funeral and that the roads were in such condition that autos could not be used was a large attendance at the funeral, many being present from surrounding towns. SOURCE: Westmoreland Recorder, June 24, 1915 Submitted by: Heather McLaughlin
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Obituary of E. L. Morse E.L. Morse, the oldest resident of the immediate vicinity of Westmoreland, died at this home, October 17, 1924. He had been in feeble health for some years, but was only confined to his house for a few weeks. E. L. Morse was born in Williamsfield, OH, November 12, 1835 and was therefore 88 years, 11 months and 5 days old. He grew to manhood in Ohio, receiving his education in the common schools of Ohio. He was married July 15, 1860 to Miss Hattie Netterfield at Colebrook, Ohio. To this union were born three children Laura, Bell and Archie. Archie died January 5, 1903. The family moved to Kansas in 1870, settling on a homestead one and one-half miles south of Fostoria. Mrs. Morse died in the fall of 1871. He married Marinda C. Heath on March 9, 1873, at Richmond Center, Ohio. To this union were born two daughters, Juna L. and Frances Joy. They moved to Westmoreland and to the present home March 5, 1897. The second Mrs. Morse died March 17, 1914. Since that time he has lived at the old home with Frances Joy. He is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Laura Mills, Mrs. Bell Baldwin, and Frances Joy, all of Westmoreland. Juna L. died in 1874. He is also survived by 12 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren and one great great grandchild, of whom he was very proud. Also one sister, Mrs. Martha F. Webster, of Ayshire, Iowa, who is the only survivor of a family of eleven children. He was a member of the Baptist church for about sixty years. He served during the last year of the Civil War as a member of Co. K, 177th Ohio Volunteers. He always took an active interest in the welfare of the community. He was a great lover of music and taught singing school in the early days. All that medical skill and loving, aching hearts could do was done to relieve the terrible agony of the last days, but at last he fell quietly to sleep in Jesus. Many friends mourn his loss. Funeral services were conducted from the family home Sunday October 19, at 3 P.M., and were conducted by Rev. T. W. Henshaw of Lyons, his former pastor. The pallbearers were the grandchildren of the deceased. Interment was made in the Westmoreland cemetery. Source: Unknown Submitted by: Bunny Mills
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MYERS, Joseph

The Oldest Inhabitant Gone. Joseph Myers, the oldest person in this part of the county, died Tuesday, May 22, 1894, at 2 P.M. The deceased was born in North Carolina, April 21, 1806, and therefore died in his 89th year. When quite young, he moved to Indiana and a little later to Illinois. He married Elanor Mann, January 11, 1825. His wife died in 1846. June 5, 1853, he married Sarah A. Ware, who still survives him. The deceased was an old soldier. He enlisted in Company D, 25th Iowa volunteers. He was dischrged in less than a year on account of disability resulting from vericose viens. Mr. Myers moved to Kansas in 1866, settling in Cherokee County and in 1871 moved to Pottawatomie County and took a claim near Westmoreland. He was by trade a painter and carpenter. He had been for about fifty years a member of the Christian Church and was a member of the Westmoreland post G. A. R. He was the father of seventeen ceildren, (sic). The funeral services will be held to-morrow at 2 P.M. under the auspices of the post. H. D. Fisher D. D. will preach the sermon. The breaved wife who is thus left alone has the sincere sympathy of all. Source: Unknown Submitted by: Margaret Bucholtz
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NAGLE, George

Last Thursday, Mr. George Nagle, aged 26 years, of consumption. He was called away by the dread disease in the prime of life. We join the community in extending to the bereaved mother and relatives our sincere sympathy. The remains were intered (sic) in the Catholic cemetery last Friday. St Mary’s Star April 18, 1889 page 3 George Nagle born 19 June 1863 in Indiana and died 10 April 1889 in Pottawatomie County, Kansas. Submitted by: Maureen Cullivan
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NEWTON, William R.

William R Newton is Dead: Townsmen are stunned by the sad news. Local business man, stricken in his years of prime, passes away the victim of Pneumonia. William R. Newton, for twelve years, a well known figure in local business life, died at 11:15 a.m., Tuesday, July 22nd, in St. Mary's hospital, Kansas City, Kansas. The intelligence reached the city, casting a pall of sorrow over a community filled with the friends and relatives of the bereaved family. The deceased was actively engaged in business until a week ago, when he departed for Kansas City to undergo treaments for ulcer. An operation was the final resort as his condition grew serious at the Kansas City hospital. It took place July 18th, but as Dr. H. J. McKenna, his physician there wrote: "Tragedy, all seems tragedy in surgery at times like this." Life quickly ebbed and "Bill", as he was affectionately known, passed away Tuesday morning, a victim of pneumonia of the short chain variety which prevailed during the flu period of 1918. Funeral Mass and services will occur at the Immaculate Conception church on Friday morning at 9 o'clock. The body will be interred in Mount Calvary cemetery. Business houses will be closed in respect during the funeral hours. Mr. Newton, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Newton of Kansas City, was born in August of 1882 and came to St. Marys in 1912, wedding Miss Leona DeDonder here, in the Immaculate Conception church, Father Kuhlman officiating. It was thru his initiative that the St. Marys Garage, largest in the city, was erected. He conducted the business until early this year when he sold interests to the E.J. Barnes Motor company. During the span of years, he served as chief of the volunteer fire department and was instrumental in its up-building until today it ranks above the par of cities of this class. He is survived by Mrs. Newton and six children: Winifred, William, Jr., George, Josephine, Francis and Mary. Brother Knights of Columbus will have charge of his funeral arrangements and will form a bodyguard in the procession to the cemetery. The sympathy of a saddened hometown is being extended the Newton family. Source: St Marys Star, dated July 24, 1924. Submitted by: Janet Newton
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NICHOLS, Hattie Dora Amanda (Zorn/Sorn)

MRS. NICHOLS DEAD Mrs. Hattie Nichols passed away at her home in this city Tuesday afternoon after a 10 day-illness of paralysis. The deceased was born at Rostaurk (sic), Germany, and came to Milwaukee when four years of age. In the year 1871, Aug. 13, she was married to T. E. Nichols at Brodhead, Wis. To this union six children were born, all of whom are living. In the year 1883, they moved from Brodhead, Wis., to Aurora, Nebr., where they resided until the year 1894, when they came to this city where they have since resided. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. A. E. Ryan at the house at 2 p.m. Wednesday afternoon and interment was made in the St. Marys Cemetery. She is survived by her husband, T. E. Nichols, two daughters, Mrs. Nora Page, Grand Island, Nebr.; and Mrs. Zada Nichols of this city; and four sons, Alva Nichols of LaJunta, Colo.; Mannie, Morris (sic) and Frederick of this city. Source: St. Marys Star, June 15, 1916 Submitted by: Carol Page Tilson
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NICHOLS, Alvia Trowbridge

OBITUARY OF T. A. NICHOLS Trobridge Alvie Nichols was born Dec. 21, 1852, near Galena, Ill. He moved with his parents to Bootheat, (sic) Wis., when a boy. He was united in marriage to Hattie Sorn, Aug. 13, 1871, and to this union were born six children: Mrs. A. D. Page, Grand Island, Nebr.; Mrs. Zada Sutley, St. Marys; A. F. Nichols, LaJunta, Colo.; Fred of Payette, Idaho; W. F. and Morris of St. Marys. In Nov. 1882, they moved to Aurora, Nebr., residing there until the fall of 1892. They then moved to Kansas. Sixteen years ago they came to St. Marys. Death claimed Mr. Nichols March 20 at the age of 76. His companion preceded him 13 years ago. He was converted and united with the Baptist Church at Woodland, Kan., on Oct. 29, 1901. As there was not a church of his church in St. Marys, he attended Sunday School and Worship at the Methodist Church. He was a good neighbor, a kind father and a friend of all who knew him. He is survived by his six children; two sisters, Mrs. Kate Smith and Mrs. Ada Kline of Aurora, Nebr., and one brother, Asa Nichols of Oregon City, Ore.; also 16 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted by the pastor from the Methodist Church Friday afternoon, March 22. Interment was in St. Marys Cemetery. Source: St. Marys Star, Thursday, March 28, 1929 Submitted by: Carol Page Tilson
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Obituary E. V. Noll was born February 22, 1861, and died October 28, 1908 at his home on Brush Creek, aged 47 years and 8 months. He was married to Rosa Ebert September 15, 1887, and to them were born six children, all living except one who died in infancy. Besides his wife and children he leaves one brother and three sisters to mourn his untimely death, L. A. Noll, of this place, Mrs. Henry Hesse, of Wamego, Mrs. Vincent Repp, of Flush, and Mrs. Fred Ginder, of Belvue. During the summer he was overcome with heat and had never regained his health. He had a stroke of paralysis Wednesday morning from which he never recovered, his death occuring in the evening of the above date. Funeral services were held in St. Joseph Church, of Flush, on Friday, Rev. Father Herr officiating. Mr. Noll was a highly respected citizen and liked by all. The bereaved family have the sympathy of the entire community. Submitted by: Margaret Muller
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NOLL, Rosa Ebert

Mrs. Elias V. Noll Rosa Ebert Noll was born September 1, 1868, and died August 17, 1910, had she lived until September 1, she would have been 43 years old. She was united in marriage to E. V. Noll September 15, 1887. To this union wa born five children. Elizabeth A., aged 20 years; Arthur A., 15; Paul R., 12; Gerald E., 8; and Emanuel, 5. Her husband died October 28, 1908. She leaves besides the sorrowing children, her mother, seven sisters and four brothers and a host of friends. The deceased was a kind mother a good neighbor, and held the respect of all of those who knew her. She was a faithful member of the Catholic Church and was regular in her attendance at divine worship when possible. Thus another one has been called to the great beyond. We commend each remaining member of the heart broken family to the One who has promised to care for the orphan and to comfort those who mourn. The funeral services were held at St. Joseph Catholic Church at Flush,Kansas, August 19, 1910, conducted by Rev. Herr, pastor. The pall-bearers were: Herman Doll, Leo Zoeller, Pius Zoeller, W. E. O'Neill, Joe and Fred Gasser. She was laid to rest beside her husband in the cemetery at Flush. The bereaved family have the sympathy of the entire community. Submitted by: Margaret Muller
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Mark NORTHRUP, 83, of Thornton, Colorado died December 22, 1998. Services will be 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, December 29, at All Souls Catholic Church, 4950 South Logan Street, Englewood, Colorado, with burial at Fort Logan National Cemetery. Mr. NORTHUP was born in St. George, Kan., on October 12, 1915. He married Virginia G. WILSON, 1943. He served in the Army during W.W.II. He retired as a carpenter. Survivors include his wife; daughters, Kathleen BALDIN of Wheat Ridge, CO; Barbara ESCAJEDA of Louisville, CO; sons, Mark, Jr. of Littleton, CO; Rodney of Northglenn, CO; Jerry of Florida; Raymond F. of Littleton, CO; sister Grace PHILLIPS of Littleton, CO; 11 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren. Source:The Denver Rocky Mountain News, Monday December 28, 1998, Page 18B. Submitted by: Marta Norton
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OLIVER, Harry Julien

ANOTHER HOME MADE DARK AND DESOLATE On last Wednesday morning, little Harry Julien Oliver, aged 10 mo. 22 days and only child of Frank and Sadie Oliver, was taken sick with cholera infantum. Previous to this time, the child had been remarkably healthy and gave promise of a long lease of life, but when the fatal disease took hold there seemed to be no help for it, and on Thursday at 5 o’clock, God took the little spirit back to dwell with him in heaven leaving the lonely parents comfortless and disconsolate. Friday afternoon after a few appropriate words by Rev. J. W. Crawford, the little one’s remains were taken to their last resting place, followed by a large concourse of friends. As the sweet flower that scents the morn But withers in the rising day Thus lovely was this infant’s dawn Thus swiftly did its life away Source: KANSAS AGRICULTURIST, AUGUST 18, 1885 Submitted by: Gayle Woods Gardner
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OWENS, Edward P.

Edward P. Owens, 79, Wamego, died Friday in Wamego City Hospital. He was born June 5, 1892 at Grinnell in Gove County, the son of William B. and Mary Alice Owens and spent several years at Oakley before he moved to Wamego 14 years ago. He was an Army veteran of World War I.. He was a structural steel worker and employed in many places in the nation before he retired and returned to Wamego 8 years ago. Mr. Owens was a member of First Presbyterian Church and Harold Johnson Post of the American Legion, both at Wamego, and Masonic Lodge at San Diego. Mr. Owens also was a member of World War I Barracks 3401 of Wamego. He was proud of his affiliation with veterans organizations and actively worked with these groups. Several nieces and nephews survive. Services were Monday at Stewart Funeral Home. Burial was in Wamego Cemetery. Source: The Wamego Times, November 4, 1921 Submitted by: Richard
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George G Richards, 80, Wamego, died yesterday at the home of Mrs. Ray Lolley, 1421 Colorado, Manattan. He was born October 9, 1882 in Clay County. He had lived in Wamego for 72 years. He was employed by the Wamego Ice Plant and the City of Wamego for 21 years. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Wamego. He is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Laurel Roundy, Kent, Washington; Mrs. Gayle Bonstein, Portland, Oregon; and Miss Dorthy Richards, Topeka; one brother, Orin Richards, Portland, Oregon; six grandchildren and one great grandchild. Services will be at 10:00 a.m. at the Stewart Memorial Chapel, Wamego, with burial in the Wamego City Cemetery. The Rev. Max Angell will officiate. Submitted by: LoAnn Bonstein


MRS. Z. T. RICHARDS Lamora Ann Robinson (Robison*) was born at Philadelphia, Washington Co., Indiana, March 28, 1858, and died at her home in Wamego, Kansas, November 11, 1922, at the age of 64 years, 7 months, and 14 days. At the age of twelve years she moved with her parents to Clay Center, Kansas, where she lived until 1883, when she moved to Beloit, Kansas. She came to Wamego, Kansas in 1898, where she resided until the time of her death. She was married to Z. T. Richards August 21, 1878. To this union were born eleven children. She is survived by six children, thirteen grandchildren and two sisters, rs. John Smith and Mrs. J. Robinson of Clay Center, Kansas. The children are Will, George and Orin Richards, all of Wamego, Mrs. Edith Dale of Port Townsend, Washington, Mrs. Icy Webster of Riley, Kansas, and Mrs. Olive Zimmerman of Hoxie, Kan. After her marriage, she united with the Baptist Church and was a faithful member until the time of her death. She was a patient and loving mother, had a cheery word for all, and was a good Samaritan to all with whom she came in contact. Services were held Monday forenoon at the Baptist Church, conducted by Rev. John M. White of Manhattan, assisted by Rev. Milo Moore. *NOTE FROM SUBMITTER: There is a mistake with this obituary as her maiden name was mispelled. Her maiden name was ROBISON, her death certificate was listed as Robinson also, but if you will research using ROBISON you will find her. Source: unknown Submitted by: Loann Bonstein
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Mrs. Eva Rightmire Eva May, daughter of Margaret Ann and Lot H. Carley, was born August 14, 1865, in Grant County, Wisconsin. When quite small she, with her parents, moved to a farm in Pottawatomie County, Kansas, one mile south of the Mt. Union school and church. Here she grew to womanhood, taught school and music. She was united in marriage to Milton Rightmire on May 21, 1890, at her uncle's home near Westmoreland. They moved to their new home near Laciede, Kansas, living 54 years. To this union was born one son, Ralph C., who now resides in Kansas City, Missouri. Mrs. Rightmire helped organize the Bayles Chapel Baptist Church at Laciede, Kansas, and was the last charter, member. She was a very faithful worker, being officer or teacher all those years and the young folks loved her very dearly. Mr. and Mrs. Rightmire celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary May 21th, 1940, at their Laciede home. Mr. Rightmire passed away on September 18,1944. Soon after, Mrs. Rightmire moved to Wamego, remaining for a short time. She then went to make her home at Masonic Home in Wichita, where she was very happy. She was member of the Order of the Eastern Star, No. 76. On the morning of May 4, 1953, at the age of 87 years, 8 month and 20 days, she went into a peaceful sleep. She is survived by her son, Ralph, his wife, a granddaughter, Mrs. Ann Wright, her husband, and a great granddaughter, Barbara Ann, of Salina, other relatives, and a host of friends. Funeral services were Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock in the Wamego Baptist Church in charge of, The Rev. Samuel Bock with. Interment was in the family lot in Wamego Cemetery. Source: Wamego Reporter, Wamego, Kansas May 7, 1953: Submitted by: Vernon Vinzant

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RIGHTMIRE, Kate Taylor

Wife of Porter Rightmire KATE TAYLOR RIGHTMIRE Kate Taylor Rightmire, daughter of Edward and Nancy Taylor, was born April 10, 1870 and passed away August 18,1944 at the age of 74 years, four months, and eight days. Mrs. Rightmire spent her entire life in Louisville and Wamego community. December 1891 she was united in marriage to Porter Rightmire who preceded her in death, July 12, 1924. They were the parents of two children, Belva L. Jones, of Wamego, and Louis C. Rightmire, also of Wamego. She is survived by her two children, two grandchildren, Robert D. Rightmire and Kathryn Jones. Another grandson, Lieutenant George Robert Jones, was reported killed in action over Germany, March 6,1944. She is also survived by one sister Mrs. Adelia Gordon, of Louisville: two brothers Joe Taylor of Wamego and Perry Taylor of Greeley, Colorado, and more distant relatives and many friends. Mrs. Rightmire was a member of the Methodist Church of Wamego. She will be greatly missed by her childre, grandchildren, other relative and associates. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at the Stewart Funeral Home with the Rev. H. L. Vigour in charge. Interment was made in the Wamego cemetery. Source: Wamego Times, Wamego, Kansas. Submitted by: Vernon Vinzant

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RIGHTMIRE, Lewis Critchfield

L. C. Rightmire Lewis Critchfield, oldest son of James and Lydia Rightmire, was born December 2, 1836, near Mt. Vernon, Knox County, Ohio, and died at his home in Wamego, Kansas, January 21, 1923, age 86 years, 1 month, and 19 days. He was married to Martha F. Welker in 1856. To this union four children were born. Mrs. Rightmire died December 23,1873. On February 10,1876, he married Mrs. Mary Drake. They moved to their present home in Wamego. Mr. Rightmire has been in failing health for several years, and was almost totally blind for two years. He is survived by his aged companion, four children, Milton, James, and Porter, of Wamego, and Mrs. Emma Townsend, of Wamego, one stepson, Edgar Drake, also of Wamego, seventeen grandchildren and twenty-four great-grandchildren, also two brothers, Ellis and Abe, who still live in the old home in Ohio. A short service was held at the home Tuesday, January 23, followed by services at the Methodist church, conducted by J. W. Tanner. The Odd Fellows had charge of the services at the grave." Cards of Thanks We wish to thank the neighbors and friends who so kindly assisted us during the illness, and death of our beloved husband and father. Mrs. Mary Rightmire, Milton Rightmire, James Rightmire, Porter Rightmire, Edgar Drake." Source: Wamego Times, Wamego, Kansas Submitted by: Vernon Vinzant

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LOUIS RIGHTMIRE FOUND DEAD Louis Rightmire was found dead at his home northeast of Wamego at noon yesterday. Mail carrier George Jones noticed mail in his route box had not been taken out and told Mrs. Jones when he returned home. Mrs. Jones, a sister of Mr. Rightmire, became worried and called neighbors out there to investigate and they found his body in the house. The County Coroner was notified, also the Stewart Funeral Home, to bring the body to Wamego. At the time of going to press we have no further particulars. Source: Wamego Times, Wamego, Kansas Submitted by: Vernon Vinzant

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RIGHTMIRE, Margaret Louise Plesse

MRS. R. C. RlGHTMIRE Mr. Ralph C. Rightmire of 4800 Jefferson, Kansas City, Mo., passed away Tuesday afternoon at the University of Kansas Hospital. She is survived by her husband, of the home; a daughter, Mrs. Kenneth Wright, of Salina: and six sisters. Funeral services will be held this (Thursday) afternoon at 2:30 o'clock at St. Luke's Episcopal church, Wamego, in charge of the Rector, The Rev. Samuel R. Boman. Burial will be in the Wamego Cemetery. An Obituary be published next week. Soure: The Wamego Reporter, October 18, 1951 Submitted by: Vernon Vinzant

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Death Claims Milton Rightmire In the early morning hours of Sept. 18, 1944 the community was saddened by the passing of one of the oldest residents of the Laciede community. Words cannot express the appreciation that was felt for this worthy man, who was so interested and ready to lend a cheerful hand to help promote the best interests of the home, the church and the school. Milton Rightmire was born near Mount Vernon, Ohio, on June 26, 1858. His parents were Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Rightmire. He came to Kansas in 1877. He went to California in 1881and returned here again in 1887. On May 21, 1890 he was united in marriage to Miss Eva May Carley at the home of her uncle, C. L. Carley near Westmoreland. They moved immediately to their new home at Laciede, which has continued to be their home for fifty-four years. To this union was born one son, Ralph Carley, who now resides in Oklahoma City, Okla. He has been a member of the Masonic Lodge since April 1883, having joined in Dixon, Calif. He has been a member of the Wamego Masonic Lodge more than 50 years and has received a fifty year jewel from the lodge. Mr. Rightmire is survived by his wife, Mrs. Eva Rightmire, his son Ralph and wife Margaret and one granddaughter, Ann of San Antonio, Texas, one sister, Mrs. Emma Townsend of Laciede, several nieces and nephews and host of other relatives and friends. This fine man made for himself a very definite place in the affections of the people who knew him. Everything that human hands could do was done for him. He was patient, thoughtful, and kind through his illness and passed away peacefully Sept. 18, at the age of eighty-six years, two months and twenty-three days. His philosophy of life is expressed in the poem written by Sam Walter Foss. Let me live in my house by the side of the road. Where the race of men go by. They are good, they are bad, they are weak, they are strong, Wise , foolish--so am I. Then why should I sit in the scorner's seat. Or hurl the cynic's ban? Let me live in my house by the side of the road And be a friend to man. Funeral service were held Wednesday afternoon at the Baptist church with Rev. W. A. Holladay officiating. Interment was made in the Wamego cemetery. Source: Wamego Reporter, Wamego, Kansas. Submitted by: Vernon Vinzant

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Porter Rightmire Dead The sudden death of Porter Rightmire, which occurred at his home northeast of Louisville, on Saturday evening, came as a shock to his family and the many friends in this vicinity. Mr . Rightmire had been in Wamego late in the afternoon, going home after five o'clock. After supper, he went out to do some work on his threshing outfit, and when he did not return, Mrs. Rightmire went to look for him. He was found beside the separator, where he had fallen, and it is supposed that in some manner he fell from the machine, breaking his neck. Apparently he was killed instantly. As no one saw him fall, it will not be known whether he became ill while at work, or in what manner the fall was caused. Medical aid was at once summoned, but Mr. Rightmire had passed away sometime before. Porter, youngest child of Lewis C. and Martha Rightmire, was born in Knox county, Ohio, April 30th, 1869: died at his home north of Louisville, Kansas, July 12, 1924: aged 55 years, 2 months, and 13 days. His mother was killed when he was about 4 years of age. He came with his father and the family to Kansas in 1876, and with the exception of a few years, has lived continuously in Center township. He was married to Miss Kate Taylor, December 31th,1891. To this Union two children were born: Mrs. George Jones and Lewis C. Rightmire both of Wamego. He was a member of Rose lodge No.122, I. 0. 0. F., of Louisville, also of the M. W. A. at Louisville. He had served on the township board for about ten years at different times. Porter Rightmire was an honest, upright man in all of his dealings. His friends and neighbors held him in the highest esteem, for he was always kind and sympathetic with them in times of trouble or distress. The affection and esteem of the whole community at this time is a testimony to his Ture worth and uprightness of character. He will be missed most by his immediate family, but his untimely end is sincerely mourned by a host of friends in his own neighborhood, and Wamego. Besides his wife and two children, he leaves three grandchildren, Kathryn and George Robert Jones, and Robert Dale Rightmire, his brothers, Milton and James, and a sister, Mrs. Emma Townsend, two uncles, Ellis and Abe Rightmire, of Howard, Ohio, other relatives and a host of friends to mourn his untimely departure. Funeral services were held at the home on Tuesday afternoon at two o'clock, conducted by Rev. L. B. Pruett, of Wamego, Kansas and the burial was in the family lot in the cemetery at Wamego. Services at the Grave were in charge of Rose Lodge, I.O.O.F., of Louisville." Source: Wamego Times, Wamego, Kansas on 7-18-1924. Submitted by: Vernon Vinzant

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RALPH C. RIGHTMIRE Ralph C. Rightmire, 77, of 5921 Rockhill, died yesterday at Menorah Medical Center. He was born in Wamego, Kan., and had lived here 25 years. He was a retired assistant secretary-treasurer of the former Black, Sivells and Bryson, Inc. He was a Army veteran of World War I. Mr. Rightmire was a member of the Elks, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Scottish Rite and the Wamego Masonic Lodge. He leaves his wife, Mrs. Elizabeth A. Rightmire of the home; a daughter, Mrs. Ann Wright, Salina, Kan.; two stepsons, Thomas J. Cissna, 908 E. 92nd, and Harold F. Cissna, 5612 Horton, Mission; four grandchildren and a great-grand -daughter. Services will be at 3 p.m. Friday at the Mount Moriah Chapel; burial in Mount Moriah Cemetery. Elks services will be at 7:30 p.m. tonight at the chapel, where friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. tonight. The family request no flowers and suggests memorial contributions to the Shriners' Crippled Children's hospital, St. Louis. Source: Kansas City Star Submitted by: Vernon Vinzant

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MRS. RIGHTMIRE DIES ON FRIDAY Mrs. Viola Rightmire 54, a lifelong resident of this community, died Friday at the "Rightmire" farm North of Wamego. She was born April 16, 1895, in Wamego and was married Sept. 7, 1916 to Louis Rightmire, who died about three years ago. She was member of the Baptist church and Royal Neighbors of America. Survivors include a son Robert of the home: her mother, Mrs. Mary Snyder, Wamego: three brothers, Clarence, Denver; Sidney, Salina; and Earl of Holy road; and one sister, Mrs. Freda Turner, Salina, and granddaughter, Deborah Sue Rightmire. Funeral services were Tuesday at Stewart's Funeral Home with the Rev. Oliver Perry, Baptist pastor, in charge. Interment was in Wamego cemetery. Source: Wamego Times, Wamego, Kansas. Submitted by: Vernon Vinzant

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SCOTT, John M., Dr.

Word has been received of the passing of Dr. John M. Scott at the age of 99. To Kansas farmers, the name means little, but Dr. Scott, who was born and grew to early manhood at Westmoreland, could be called the father of the Florida livestock industry. Going to Gainesville in 1905 after his graduation from Kansas State, he helped set up the University of Florida animal science department, and was head of the department for many years before retiring from that position, and becoming the first florida state mild inspector. In February of this year, he was one of six men to be named charter members of the Dairyman's Hall of Fame in Florida. During his years as head of the University of Florida animal science department, Florida grew to be a beef-producing state, through research directed by Dr. Scott in the control of tropical insects, and in feeding by-products of citrus juice canneries. Although Dr. Scott apparently felt no strong ties to his boyhood surroundings, having only rarely returned for visits with relatives after his initial departure, we trust the reader will feel, as this writer does, a sense of pride in the accomplishments of a man who once shared in the life of our community. Dr. Scott, by the way, was the uncle of Erwin Scott, Register of Deeds of this county, and a life-long resident of the Westmoreland community. Source: Westmoreland Recorder, Thursday, June 2, 1977 Submitted by: Kathi Travers
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SCOTT, Will A.

W. A. Scott Dies Suddenly The community was shocked Wednesday morning to hear of the sudden death of Will A. Scott, who lived five miles south of Westmoreland. He had been in apparent good health, and retired Tuesday night feeling well as usual. His wife awakened about six o’clock to find his lifeless body in the bed beside her. The physician who was called immediately pronounced the death as having apparently occurred in sleep, and about four hours previously. He was on the eve of his seventy-third birthday, having been born March 11, 1875, near New Lennox, Illinois. His parents brought him to Kansas when he was five years old, and he had been in this community all his life. August 17, 1898 he was married to Miss Elizabeth O’Daniel, and they have lived at their present home for forty-three years. Besides his widow, he is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Irene Hetland, Oakland, California; Mrs. Cleta Elizabeth Casey, Manhattan; Mrs. Wilma Endicott, of near Kingman, Kansas; there is one son, Walter O. Scott, of Urbana, Illinois. There are four grandsons and four granddaughters, also. The funeral will be held Saturday afternoon at 2 o’clock at the Methodist church in Westmoreland. Werning Funeral Services Friday Funeral services for Andrew A. Werning, 82, who died here Wednesday morning, will be at 2 o’clock Friday afternoon at the Ryan chapel. Source: Collected by my gggrandmother, Johanna Tieking and her daughter. Submitted by: Bev Bird
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SHEA, John Edwin

John Edwin Shea John Edwin Shea was born in Leavenworth, Kansas, October 28, 1867; died at his home which he made with his brother, George, Sunday night, October 19, 1924; aged 56 years, 11 months and 21 days. His death was due to accidental shooting, and came as a very sudden shock and surprise to his loved ones and friends. He came with his parents to the community of Louisville when a very small child, and has made his home here ever since. He had a very wide circle of acquaintance, and everyone who came to know him esteemed him as a friend. He was kind, good-hearted man. He tried to live the law of the golden rule. Maybe he didn’t always get a square deal, but he always gave one. No man can say that he was ever wronged by our departed brother to the extent that he was not willing to try to rectify the wrong if it were possible within human limitations to do so. It is probably as true about him as about many other good men who have gone before him, that he did not have an enemy that he knew of. If he had one, he would try to do whatever he could to overcome the enmity and establish friendship. So in summing up the strong characteristics of his life, we might say the most outstanding one was the desire and capacity to make friends. He was a man of many friends. He was baptized as an infant in the Episcopal church in Leavenworth, Kansas. He was a member of Rose Lodge, No. 122, I.O.O.F. His lodge brothers attended the funeral in a body and had charge of the burial services at the grave. He leaves two sisters, Mrs. Margaret Haid and Mrs. Mary A. Burgess, one brother, George M. all of Louisville, and other relatives and many friends to mourn his untimely departure. Funeral services were held in the Methodist church at Louisville Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock, conducted by the Rev. L.B. Pruitt of Wamego. Burial was in the family lot in the cemetery at Louisville Source: Collected by my gggrandmother, Johanna Tieking and her daughter. Submitted by: Bev Bird
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SHEHI, Harrison

Harrison Shehi, the last surviving member of his father’s family, was born November 24, 1841, near Monmouth, Illinois, and passed away September 22, 1930, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. C.F. Ephramson, at the age of 88 years, 3 months and 28 days. At the age of 20 years he enlisted in Company E, 13th Illinois Cavalry and was honorable discharged after eighteen months’ service, and on October 16, 1863, was married to Ellen Mattson, who preceded him into eternity July 31, 1907. To this union were born ten children, four boys and six girls, as follows: William H., of Cleborne; Mrs. J.L. Dunlap, of Frankfort; Mrs. C.S. Heath, of Leoti: Harrison S., Bert A., and Mrs. C.M. Christie of West- moreland; Mrs. C.F. Ephramson of Bigelow; Merritt H., of Topeka; Margaret E., who died in infancy; Clara A., who died in 1887. In his early days he joined the Christian church, later transferring his membership to the United Brethren Church, where he loved to worship whenever able to attend. He came to Kansas in a covered wagon in 1865, and settled on a home- stead. Only those older friends and neighbors who have experienced the life of those pioneer days in Kansas can appreciate all that it meant to make a home on the prairies of Kansas nearly 65 years ago. He leaves to mourn his death eight children, 35 grandchildren, and a host of friends. Funeral services were conducted at the Spring Creek schoolhouse Friday afternoon at 2 p.m., with Rev. F.E. Barber officiating, assisted by Rev. W.N. Smitheram. Beautiful music was furnished by the Fostoria choir. Interment was made in the Spring Creek cemetery, where he was laid to rest by the remains of his wife. Source: Westmoreland Recorder,October 2, 1930 Submitted by: Anita Shehi
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SHERMAN, Bessie J.

Died-- May 22,1896. Mrs. Ed Sherman, [Bessie J], aged 43 years 1 month and a few days. She leaves a husband and eight children one a babe of four months to mourn her loss. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. B. Allen. The funeral sermon was preached by Rev. Thompson under whose ministry she was converted. She was a member of the Baptist church. The services were held in the Congregational church and the remains were laid, on Monday, in the cemetery a half mile from town. Source: "Westmoreland Recorder", May 28, 1896 page 5. Submitted by: stillie@networksplus.net
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Bessie Shockey, the fourth child of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Shockey of Winfield, KS, was born Jan. 25, 1895 on a farm near Fostoria, Pottawatomie county Kansas, and passed away on her thirty-eighth birthday Jan. 25, 1933, at St. Margaret's hospital, Kansas City, Kansas after an eight weeks illness. She was united in marriage to Mr. Allen Ramsey of Wheaton, KS Oct, 12, 1914. To this union six children were born. She leaves to mourn their loss in this life; her husband Allen Ramsey; five daughters, Esther, Jocella, Evelyn, Irene, and Marie and one son James, all of the home; her mother Jannie and father Samuel Shockey; five sisters, Philina, Elsie, Winnie, Hattie, Margarette; five brothers, John Moses, George, Samuel Jr. and Allen and a host of other relatives and friends. Source: Unknown Submitted by: stillie@networksplus.net
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Anna Agnes Spaulding, 103, Topeka, died Thursday, Nov. 23, 2000, at a Topeka nursing home. Mrs. Spaulding had worked for Bell Telephone and the American Cancer Society in Topeka. She was born Aug. 27, 1897, in St. Marys, the daughter of Seymour and Susan May Glasgow Levett. She was raised in St. Marys and moved to Topeka at the age of 14. She attended school in St. Marys and Topeka. Mrs. Spaulding was a member of Second Presbyterian Church and the former Harmony Rebecca lodge in Topeka. She also was active in the American War Dads in Topeka. She married Harry H. Spaulding on Dec. 22, 1916, in Topeka. He died March 10, 1967. Survivors include a daughter, Betty J. Bosze, Lawrence; a son, Nelson S. Spaulding, Topeka; a sister, Bernadette Flesher, Milan, Tenn.; four grand- children; 11 great-grandchildren; and 14 great-great- grandchildren. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Oakland Christian Church. (N. Topeka) Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery. Mrs. Spaulding will lie in state from noon to 9 p.m. Sunday at Davidson Funeral Home where visitation will be from 5 to 6 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the Presbyterian manor, and sent in care of the funeral home. Source: The Topeka Capital-Journal, Friday, November 24, 2000 Submitted by: Virginia Flesher

Summerville, Chester Arthur

Chester Arthur Summerville, born 25 Jul 1883 @ Louisville, KS and died of cholera infantum 13 Aug 1885. He was the son of James and Hannah or Annie (Bowden) Summerville and is buried at the Louisville Cemetery. Chester had two living brothers, Thomas Roger Summerville born 19 Apr 1877 at Minooka, Illinois and James Garfield Summerville who was born 10 May 1881 at Louisville, KS. Information is from the family history book belonging to Mary Lucy Summerville Daugherty who was Chester's sister. Mary was born 14 Mar 1893 northwest of Mason City, NE. A second sister, Chloe Eliza Summerville Webster was born 12 Jun 1890 at Huxley (Northeast of Mason City, NE). Submitted by: Carolyn Kappel
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N.A. Stout passed away Dec. 29, 1915, at his home near Broderick, after an illness of five weeks. He was born at St. Joseph , Mo. in 1854 and came to Kansas in 1858, settled in Marshall county in the year 1877, was married to Anna Booth and some years later moved to this county. In this union were born five children, four of whom survive him. The living children are Grant Stout of Paxico, Merit Stout of Sylvan Grove and Dean and Nina at home.The funeral was held at home Friday at 12 o'clock and was conducted by the Rev. T.W. Henshaw. Interment was in the Pleasant Hill cemetery. Source: Westmoreland Recorder, January 1916 Submitted by: Donna Pfitzner
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SUITER, Mary J. Hamilton Julien

FORMER RESIDENT (MARY J. HAMILTON JULIEN SUITER) DIES Former Resident Dies Charles Julien received a telegram Monday night announcing the death of his mother, Mrs. Jennie Suiter, at her home in Stoutsville, OH. The relatives here had received no news of her illness, and the suddenness of her passing away was a great shock to her sons, Charles and Victor Julien, who live here, and also to many old friends. Charles Julien left Tuesday morning for Ohio. He was accompanied by his sister, Mrs. Noel Crouch, of Topeka. Mrs. Suiter, who was formerly Mrs. Jennie Julien, was a pioneer resident of Wabaunsee county, and later lived many years in Wamego. Many former neighbors and friends will learn of her passing with regret. She had made her home in Stoutville, Ohio since 1903. A telegram this morning announced that the remains would arrive at Wamego at noon, Saturday. Mrs. Mary J Suiter A large number of old neighbors and friends were present to pay tribute of respect and affection to the memory of Mrs. John Suiter on Saturday at 2 o’ clock, at the services held at the home of her son, Charles Julien. Mrs. Suiter passed away very suddenly at her home in Stoutsville, Ohio, on April 20. Her son, Charles and her daughter, Mrs. Joel Crouch of Topeka, accompanied her remains to Wamego, arriving early Saturday morning. Because of her long residence in this community and the kindly feeling in which she was held, the family received many expressions of sympathy and regret. The funeral service was conducted by Rev. Cecil Phillips, pastor of the Presbyterian church, of which Mrs. Suiter became a member in 1892 and in which she was a devoted worker for many years. She was also associated for a long time with the W.R.C. and many old friends were present at the service. A quartet consisting of Miss Helen Rowles, Mrs. J. E. Stewart, Messrs. J. E. and W. T. Stewart sang. Interment was in the city cemetery. Mary J. Hamilton was born in Tarlton, Ohio, April 13, 1846, and was seventy-one years and seventeen days old. She was married to J. Peter Julien in 1864 and they were pioneer residents of Wabaunsee County. They removed to Wamego not long before Mr. Julien’s death, which occurred April 13, 1892. Five children were born to them, three of whom are now living. Victor and Charles Julien of Wamego and Mrs. Eva Crouch of Topeka. The deceased are Mrs. Frank (Sadie Julien) Oliver of Wichita and Little Naomi Adelle Julien. On March 24, 1902 Mrs. Julien was married to John Suiter of Stoutsville, Ohio and since 1908 they have made their home in Stoutsville. Mr. Suiter, with her sons and daughter, survives to mourn her loss, but on account of illness was not able to come to Wamego for the services. CARD OF THANKS We wish to thank the many friends for their kindness and sympathy at the time of the death of our beloved mother and for the beautiful floral offerings. John Suiter and Children Source: THE WAMEGO REPORTER, May 3 and 10, 1917. Submitted by: Gayle Woods Gardner
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"OBITUARY. Mrs. P. Sullivan died at her home in Lousiville last Friday morning at 12:15 o'clock of typho-malarial fever. At the time of her death she was surrounded, at the bedside, by all members of the family and a few friends. She had been sick about ten days. All that medical aid and good nursing could do was done, but poor health for the past few years had prepared the way. Drs. Smith (Wamego) and McMahon (Louisville) were in attendance. The funeral was held at the M. E. church Saturday at 2 o'clock, Rev. Conrad officiating. A large number of friends from all over the county met at the family home and escorted the remains to the church. C. H. E. Daniels, Val Bittmann, Michael Moriarity, H. D. Eggers, J. M. Harrison and Thos. Huey were the pall-bearers. Despite the intense cold and severity of the weather, the long residence of the deceased in the county and her great amiability of disposition, making friends of everybody, made the attendance very large. At the close of the serman as the bereaved family was taking the last look at the body which was so dear to all there were few dry eyes in the assemblage. The body was buried in the family lot immediately to the right on entrance to the cemetery. Mrs. Sullivan, as Anna Richter, was born in Birk, Austria, June 24, 1843. In 1855 with her family she came to America, and after living a couple of years in Wisconsin the family came to Kansas on May 11, 1857, pre-empting the claim which is now the home of John Ubel, a half brother, on Brush Creek. On April 4, 1863 she was married to P. Sullivan, living for about two years on a quarter section on Adams Creek. In 1865 this was sold, the family moving to Louisville, buying all the lots west of the present postoffice to nearly the creek. In 1870 the present home on the eastern limits of the city was built in which the family has since lived. Nine children were born to the couple, viz: John, Mary, Edward, Charles, Eugene, Willie, Nellie, Annie and Albert. Excepting Mary, whose death last April is well remembered, all are alive, hearty and strong, living testimony of a true, enlightened, devoted, self-sacrificing mother's care. All of robust health and sturdy constitutions, bespeaking a life's work well done. All excepting John, a practicing attorney in Kansas City, are at home. Mrs. Sullivan's kindliness and generosity as a hostess is well known to every old settler in the county for nearly thirty years. In early days, especially when roads were new and bad with Louisville the county seat, her home and table was proverbial for its hospitality and cheerfulness to all who came. Possessed of a temperament of the greatest good-nature her sweetness and cheeriness of disposition ever made a guest feel entirely at home. To meet her once was to be forever her friend. There perhaps has never lived a person of whom could be more truly said, "She died without having ever hurt the feelings of a human being in her life." Her heart was one of the greatest charity for all her fellow beings. She loved everybody, never having a word of aught but good of anyone. She was a ideal mother. Home and family to her was all. Kind, cheerful and tender to her family she was every revered as an angel. Their welfare was all there was in life to her. She did her life's work well. A true woman, a good mother and wife, her soul has taken its flight into the Better World." Source: From the Pottawatomie County Times, 16 Dec 1892. Submitted by: Jane Jurik
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