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Well Known Comanche County Citizen Succumbs to Effects of Operation at Wichita, Friday, March 25th.

Friday morning about twelve a telephone message carried the word to anxious relatives and friends in Protection that Allie Murray who had been very ill at the Wichita hospital, had departed this life. While to many the news of Mr. Murray's death occasioned a shock, to the near friends and relatives who were familiar with his illness, it did not come unheralded.

About two weeks ago Mr. Murray went to Wichita to consult specialists regarding a chronic trouble of several months' standing. Diagnosed as gall stones he submitted to the surgeon's knife for relief on Saturday, March 18th. A large gall stone was removed and at first it was considered that Mr. Murray's recovery would be rapid as he seemed to rally splendidly from the operation. Within a few days, however, anesthetic pneumonia set in and this so affected his heart that death came to him as a blessed relief from suffering as given.

A. H. Murray was a fine citizen. Courageous, kindly, even handicapped such that to most men would appear insurmountable, he made a success in his life in kindly action, thoughtful deeds, a peaceful, joyous home and in the hosts of grief stricken friends who now pay tribute to the man, his life and character instead of to those, more noticeable perhaps but less lasting attainments of material prosperity which too often, alas, are sometimes by the shallow thinking taken as the measure of a man.

He came to Comanche county in the pioneer days of the eighties. He saw this country in his young manhood settled rapidly, and more rapidly as the evil days of drought and depression of the early nineties settled over this part of Kansas, depleted. But he stayed and lent his might to rebuilding.

The death of Allie Murray as commented on universally brings forth expressions of sorrow, regret and personal loss. The body was returned from Wichita to his home in Protection, Saturday accompanied by relatives and the funeral was held Monday with interment in the local cemetery.

Allen Hughes Murray was born June 8, 1873, at Murrayville, Morgan county, Illinois, and died at the Wichita hospital, Wichita, Friday, March 24, 1922; aged 48 years, 9 months and 16 days. The immediate cause of death was heart failure super-induced by anesthetic pneumonia as the after effects of an operation for gall stones.

He was the fourth son of Stewart F. and Harriett E. Murray; and the youngest child of the family of eight children.

On January 2, 1902, he was married to Miss Eva B. Myers of Protection and to this union three children were born.

He is survived by his loving and faithful wife, his two sons; Wilbur and Gordon, both at the family home in Protection; one son having died in infancy; three brothers; John A. and James O. Murray, both of Protection; and Oliver S. Murray of Beardstown, Illinois; and two sisters, Mrs. D. E. Dunne if Wichita, Kansas, and Mrs. H. E. Crummer of Rockford, Illinois, and one foster brother, Leonard B. Ross of Wichita, Kansas.

In 1880, at the age of 7 years, he moved with his parents to Sumner county, Kansas. The family home was near Mayfield in Sumner county until the spring of 1886, when the family moved to Comanche county, settling in the vicinity of Protection, where he had since largely made his home, principally on what is known as the "Murray" home place, 3 miles south of Protection. He received his education in the common schools of
Comanche county and shared in all the incidences and the hardships of the pioneer life of Comanche county in the late eighties and early nineties.

Principally his life was spent in farming, but for four years from 1906 to 1910, he served as treasurer of Comanche county being elected for two terms, at which time the family home was at Coldwater. He filled his public trust faithfully and well and received the merited reward of appreciation for his services to the county. He was a good, consistent, constructive citizen of a quiet and retiring disposition. He was loyal to his friend; consistent in his life. He actively participated in the affairs of his community. At the age of ten years, he united with the Presbyterian church.

He was a loving and considerate husband and father. His home life was ideal and the touch of divine affection, the love of a true father and husband, made the home atmosphere one of peace, joy and happiness, and herein will his presence be most signally and sadly missed. The grief of immediate relatives and friends at his untimely death; time alone can assuage.

As the youngest child and bearing a physical handicap from the age of 18 months, he was a favorite in his family circle. Ever under misfortune of a cheerful and brave disposition, he faced the world without asking odds. He counseled the trouble of his mortal life with none, not even the immediate relatives, and went bravely on his way, bring to others the sunshine and buoyancy of his natural cheerfulness.

The funeral conducted by the Rev. E. S. Corrie of the local Methodist church, was held from the church edifice on Monday, March 27th at two-thirty and the remains accompanied by a large number of relatives and friends, were by loving hands laid to rest in the local cemetery to await the call for the just.

Card Of Thanks

We desire to express to our friends and loyal neighbors our deepest gratitude, our heartfelt appreciation for their kindly assistance so willingly rendered, and for sympathy so feelingly expressed, during the recent illness and following death of our dear husband and father, and brother. And for the floral offering. May a like return be theirs in a time of distress. Mrs. A. H. Murray and sons, and brothers and sisters.
Transcribed and Contributed by Shirley Brier

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