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THE WESTERN STAR, 6 August 1920
Obituary of JOHN W. PLATT

John W. Platt, who was one of Comanche-co.'s pioneer settlers, and who was for 36 years one of the best known citizens of Comanche and Barlow-cos., died at 11 a.m. on last Sunday, August 1, 1920, in St.
Francis hospital in Wichita, where he had been for about a week. Following an operation on Monday of last week Mr. Platt's condition was thought to be improving, but euremic poisoning set in and on Friday, he showed alarming symptoms. From that time he became steadily worse, passing away shortly before noon on Sunday. Mrs. Platt and all the children were present at the time of death and accompanied the body to this city on Tuesday. Funeral services were conducted from the home, 30 miles southeast of this city, at 2 o'clock p.m. on Wednesday and were in
charge of Rev. J. T. Wheeler, pastor of the Christian church of this city. There was a large gathering of neighbors and friends at the funeral, and all felt keenly the loss of one of their best friends and a citizen of high standing in the community. Burial was made in the Aetna cemetery.

John W. Platt was born in Savona, Steuben-co., New York, on December 11, 1850. His age therefore, at the time of his death was 70 years, 7 months and 20 days. At the age of 24, Mr. Platt came west, making his home for about 10 years in the northeastern part of Kansas. In the year 1884 he came to Comanche-co. and settled on a ranch in the southeastern part of the county. Later he moved to that portion of his ranch which lies in
Barber-co., and there he continued to make his home.

On June 7, 1884, Mr. Platt was united in marriage to Miss Lizzie Tennison, who, with four children - two sons and two daughters - survive him. The sons are Robert M. Platt, now of Edenview, Colo., and Roy Platt, who lives near Aetna; the daughters are Mrs. Lucy Stantz of Tulsa, Okla., and Miss Beverly Platt, who is still at the parental home. Many friends extend to these relatives sincere sympathy in this their hour of sad bereavement.

-------of pioneer life in Kansas, but through it all he showed a degree of perseverance and unwavering faith in the country which characterized all of our early-day settlers who remained with the county through all
the trying days of the county's history. In every detail of his business Mr. Platt always showed good business judgement, and especially in his livestock investments, to which he gave much of his time and attention.
He was honorable in all his dealings, and no one ever had reason to question his absolute integrity or his unselfish devotion to the principles which make for success and for the happiness of loved ones and neighbors. John Platt was a whole-souled, generous and likeable man, quiet and unassuming, yet genial and neighborly. He visited Coldwater a few days before going to Wichita, and while here gave his friends no
cause to anticipate his death at so early a date. He appeared at that time to be in fairly good health, yet it is evident that his failing condition of health had begun several weeks before his death. Mr. Platt was a nephew of Mortimer R. Platt and a cousin of Virgil N. Platt, who were well known in this county, but each of whom is now deceased. Besides his family, Mr. Platt's only surviving relatives in the west are some cousins, who live in or near Kansas City.

Transcribed and Contributed by Shirley Brier

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