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Dr. G. W. Prichard was born in Fulton county, Illinois, September 23, 1855, where he continued to reside with his father on a farm until he reached man's estate. Having concluded to enter the medical profession,
he attended Rush College, at Chicago, for three or four years, and graduated with honor there, in February, 1887. In the summer of 1887, he came west to Comanche county, and began the practice of medicine in Coldwater, and has lived here continuously ever since, and built up a fine practice in his profession, as he had been phenomenally successful with his patients he was much sought after to attend the sick. On the 25th of December, 1888, he was married in this city, to Miss Agnes Stipp, a most estimable young lady who is left a widow, after a brief period of married life.

Dr. G. W. Prichard, was of brilliant intellect, of strong force of character, of upright ways, of happy, genial disposition, and true to his friends, and it was no wonder he moved a favorite in a circle of true and devoted admirers. No wonder his remains were bedewed by the tears of hosts of sorrowing friends. No wonder they came in crowds to pay a last tribute of respect to one so highly esteemed.

Tuesday, the funeral took place from the Opera House, at 2 o'clock, services by the I.O.O.F. Lodge No. 301, and the clergy of Coldwater. It was largely attended by the people from city and country surrounding, turning out to do honor to his memory. The remains were laid to rest in the Coldwater cemetery.
The Inquest:
State of Kansas, Comanche county.

An inquest holden at Coldwater, in said county, on the 3rd day of May, 1890. before me, Robert F. Boyce, coroner of the said county, on the body of G. W. Prichard, there lying dead, the jurors whose names are
hereunto subscribed, the said jurors, upon their oaths, do say:

That on the 2d day of May, 1890, the said George W. Prichard came to his death by means of a blow given and struck in and upon the head of the said George W. Prichard with a certain deadly weapon, a pistol, commonly called a revolver, made of iron and steel, or other blunt instrument, said blow being struck and given as aforesaid, by one Solomon W. Miles, in said Comanche county, Kansas, on the first day of May, 1890, with intent, then and thereby, the said George W. Prichard feloniously, to kill and murder.
Sam. W. McClure, A. J. Sparks, J. A. Pennington, J. S. Blount, S. M. Jackson, O. T. Leachman.
Attest: Robert F. Boyce, coroner of Comanche county, Kansas.

(Additional information, contact Comanche County, or the Kansas State Historical Society for microfilm loan.
Details May 10, 1890, The Western Star.)
Transcribed and Contributed by Shirley Brier

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