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THE WESTERN STAR, 12 February 1904
On Monday, February 8, 1904, near Protection, Kansas, Jefferson Phillips, aged 65 years, 8 months and 21 days.

The death of Uncle Jeff Phillips, at 3:55 p.m. on last Monday, marked the passing away of another of Comanche co.'s pioneer settlers. Death was not unexpected by the friends of the deceased in this county, for Mr. Phillips' health had been in a precarious condition for some time. He had suffered from asthma for several years, and during the past few months dropsical symptoms appeared, which finally affected the heart. About 12 hours before his death Uncle Jeff went to sleep and he never seemed to awaken again. Death came without any apparent pain or struggle.

The deceased was born in Bloomington, Monroe co., Indiana, on May 17, 1838. While Jefferson was quite young his father moved to Owen co., Indiana, where several years were spent. At the outbreak of the Civil
war young Phillips offered his services to his country, becoming a member of the 71st. Indiana infantry and afterwards serving in a company of cavalrymen. He was in some of the important battles of the war, his term of service lasting over 3 years. During the war he was badly crippled in the right leg, the result of an accident while helping to manage a team of mules. As a soldier he was always brave and faithful to duty. As a private citizen, during the 39 years which have elapsed since
the war he has been honored and respected by all who knew him.

Mr. Phillips came to Comanche co. in 1885 and continued to make this his home, with the exception of one year, which was spent in Indiana. He owned a quarter-section of land and some other property a few miles south of Protection. During the past eight or nine years he had made his home most of the time at Z. J. Bratcher's where he received every attention possible and the kindest of treatment. He was at Mr. Bratcher's home when he died. He gave every evidence that he was prepared for death, having fully accepted Christ as his savior. It was his request that should be buried here the funeral should be conducted by the Salvation Army, now holding meetings at Protection under the charge of Captain Hotchkiss.

Uncle Jeff Phillips was in every sense an honorable man and a good citizen. He will be missed among his neighbors and friends. The body was shipped to Spencer, Indiana, yesterday, for burial. The deceased had no relatives in this county. He had a sister who lives in Missouri, a brother in Mattoon, Illinois, and two sisters and one brother in Spencer, Indiana.
Transcribed and Contributed by Shirley Brier

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