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THE WESTERN STAR, 19 November 1943

M. M. Cosby who has served as Probate Judge of Comanche County for the past 26 years, died at his home in this city early Monday morning, November 15, after being confined to his bed for the past two weeks, following a stroke.

Funeral services were held at the Methodist church in Coldwater at 1 o'clock Thursday afternoon and were in charge of the pastor Rev. Major W. Parker. Mr. and Mrs. Gurney Hadley sang "Ivory Palaces," "Beyond The Sunset" and "My Father Watches Over Me," with Mrs. Wm. Brumbaugh accompanying them at the organ. Following the service here the body was taken to Protection, where a short service was held in the Methodist church and which were in charge of Rev. Roby, of the Baptist church, and burial was in the Protection cemetery beside the wife.

Many friends gathered at each place to pay tribute to the deceased. The business houses of Coldwater closed for the funeral.


Merit Morton Cosby, son of Thomas and Elizabeth Jane Cosby, was born November 13, 1862, near Madison, Ind.

On March 16, 1881 he was united in marriage with Florence Jane Rogers, at Madison, Ind., and to this union were born five children, Mrs. Jany Baker of the home, Fred Cosby of Kansas City, Mo., and Foy Cosby of Wichita; and two children that passed away in infancy. The wife passed away June 26, 1929.

Mr. Cosby came to Kansas in September of 1884. He filed on land in the Lexington neighborhood and for several years farmed and worked for different firms in Protection and Coldwater.

In 1918 he was appointed Probate Judge of Comanche County by Governor Arthur Capper, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Owen Connaughton, and had continued to serve by re-election to that office until his death.

He was a faithful and conscientious official during his long term of office.

When a young man Mr. Cosby united with the Baptist church in Indiana and had always continued his membership in that church.

Besides his three children he leaves three grandchildren, Mrs. Virginia Nelson of Kansas City, Mo., and Florence and Roger Cosby of Wichita; also a host of friends.

Transcribed and Contributed by Shirley Brier

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