Rice County Obituaries

John Stout Dies After Long Illness

John Stout, a lifetime resident of Alden, died Friday [26 May 1972] at the Sterling Community Hospital after a long illness.

Mr. Stout was born May 5, 1920, in Alden and married Mildred A. Bennett December 6, 1941, in Nickerson.  He was a farmer and stockman and was a member of the Alden Baptist Church and a Veteran of World War II.

Survivors include the widow;  sons, Malvin, Alden;  Gordon, Springdale, Ark.;  Lt. Cecil Stout, McConnell Air Force Base, Wichita;  brothers, Eldon, Alden, and R. J., Colorado Springs;  sisters, Mrs. Floyd Schafer, Sterling, and Mrs. Ed Biggs, Haven.

Funeral services were held Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. at the Porter and Sillin Funeral Home with Rev. Dale Gates officiating.  Burial was in the Alden Valley Cemetery.

Submitted by Scot Stout

Ronnie L. 'Ron' Caywood

Ronnie L. 'Ron' Caywood, 60, of Hutchinson, died June 8, 1998, at his home.

He was born Oct. 26, 1937, at Hutchinson, the son of Kenneth V. and Wilma Engbrecht Caywood.  He graduated from Sterling High School in 1955.  A Hutchinson resident since 1965, moving from Sterling, he formerly owned the Sterling Cleaners and was employed by Dillon Stores Division as a truck driver from 1980 until his retirement in 1997.

He belonged to the Westbrook Baptist Church, Hutchinson.

On Sept. 14, 1956, he married Martha Ann Gaeddert at Sterling.  She survives.

Other survivors include:  a son, Jim, Buhler;  two daughters, Vickie Scantlin, Liberal, and Kim Voth, Wichita;  mother, Sterling;  four brothers, Larry Phoenix, Mickey, Hutchinson, and Donald and Steve, both of Sterling;  a sister, Judy Nelson, Rose Hill;  and six grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father.

Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Westbrook Baptist Church, Hutchinson, with the Rev. Jeff S. Cokely presiding.  Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. today at Elliott Mortuary, Hutchinson.  Burial will be in Sterling Community Cemetery.

Memorials may be sent to Hospice of Reno County or to the church, both in care of the mortuary.

Submitted by Scot Stout

Chester C. Caywood

Alden - Chester C. Caywood, 92, died Oct. 20, 1999, at Hospice Residential Care Center, Hutchinson.

He was born Aug. 31, 1907, at Alden, the son of Cleon and Ollie Ross Caywood.  A longtime Alden resident, he was a retired Missouri-Pacific Railroad agent.

He was of Baptist faith.

On Nov. 24, 1930, he married Clarice Fox at Newton.  She survives.

Other survivors include:  a son, Charles C., Rogers, Ark.; four grandchildren,; four great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church, Alden, with the Rev. Bob Bethell presiding.  Burial will be in Alden Valley Cemetery.
Memorials may be sent to the church in care of Sillin Funeral Home, Sterling.

Submitted by Scot Stout

Alma L. Fair

ALDEN - Alma L. Fair, 96, died Aug. 15, 2011, at Presbyterian Manor, Sterling, Kan. She was born Feb. 27, 1915, in rural Reno County, to John Logan and Katie Elizabeth Updegrove Bennett.

She was a lifetime Alden area resident. She graduated from Alden High School in 1932; graduated from Hutchinson Junior College; and graduated from KSU with a Bachelors Degree in Home Economics in 1938. She was a homemaker. Memberships included: First Baptist Church of Alden, Alden ABWM, past president of Kansas ABWM, YWCA, Alden Pride, AAUW, and Director of Alden State Bank.

She married Fred L. Fair June 12, 1938, in Alden, Kan. He died March 6, 1993. Survivors include: three daughters, Sondra (Joe) Walter of Meade, Janiece Rowland of Alden, and Arlene (Terry) Drach of Littleton, Colo.; seven grandchildren, Judi Sickler, Eric Walter, Clay Walter, Todd Rowland, Jarrod Rowland, Ashley Hanson, and Jeremy Hanson; and 12 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Kathryn Jane Fair; brother, Raymond Bennett; sisters, Mildred Stout and Elda Wyatt; and son-in-law, Chuck Rowland.

Funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18, 2011, at First Baptist Church, Alden, with Reverend Bob Bethell officiating. A private family interment will precede the service in the Alden Valley Cemetery, Alden. Visitation from 2 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2011, at Birzer Funeral Home, Sterling, with family present from 5 to 7 p.m. Memorials to Alden First Baptist Church or Sterling Presbyterian Manor, in care of the funeral home.


The Lyons Daily News, Lyons, Rice Co, Kansas, Nov 30, 1928:


Civil War Veteran To Be Buried At Chase Saturday Afternoon

Orceneth F Smith, a Chase resident since 1880, died last night in a hospital in El Dorado, Kansas from Injuries sustained a few weeks ago when he was run down by a car on the streets of El Dorado.  He was a Civil War veteran and past 86 years old.  On account of his advanced age his injuries proved fatal.

Mr Smith was a native of Illinois.  He enlisted with Co F, 4th Iowa Cavalry (Infantry), in the Civil War and served until the close of the war.  (He served until wounded on March 7, 1862).  He was wounded in an engagement at Pea Ridge, Arkansas.

He came to Kansas in 1880, locating on a farm near Chase where he opened a meat market in Chase and lived in town until the death of his wife in 1924 (1914).  Since that time he had lived with his sons and daughters.

He is survived by 4 sons, George Smith, Chase; C O Smith, Anadarko, Oklahoma; C E Smith, Los Angeles; and E D Smith, Denver; and 2 daughters, Mrs. Minnie Hinshaw, Lyons and Mrs. Flora Lyon of El Dorado, with whom he was living at the time he received his fatal injury.  W D Smith of Lyons is a grandson of the deceased.

Funeral services will be held at the Chase Christian church at 2:30 o'clock, Saturday afternoon and burial will be at Chase with Masonic grave service conferred by brother Masons.



The Sterling Bulletin - Sterling, Rice Co, Kansas Thursday, April 9, 1914

Death of Mrs. O F Smith

While in this city for a visit at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Will Lyon, Mrs. O F Smith.  She was taken at 4:36 Sunday afternoon.  She had come from Chase the previous Monday and in a short time a bad cold was followed by pneumonia.  Undertaker Six had the body removed to the home Monday morning and on the following afternoon, Rev W L Davis, pastor of the United Methodist church conducted funeral services.

Nettie Compton was born in Madison county, Iowa, where her early life was spent.  On March 29th she passed her sixty-ninth birthday.  The husband is still living, also five sons and two daughters.  For thirty-four years Mr and Mrs. Smith had been residents of Chase and for a long period prominent as members of the Methodist denomination.


Lyons Daily News, Lyons, Rice Co, Kansas, Monday October 10, 1949:


Charles O Smith, 83, of Richland, Washington, formerly of Chase, died at his home at 7:30 o'clock last night.  Mr Smith was the father of W D Smith of Lyons and a brother of George W Smith of Chase.  He came to Chase in 1879 and at one time operated the Chase Meat Market.  His funeral will be held at the Crawford-Miller mortuary in Lyons Friday.

Lyons Daily News, Lyons, Rice Co, Kansas, Tuesday, Oct 11, 1949:

Funeral services for Charles O Smith, 83, former resident of Chase, who died at his home in Richland, Washington, October 9, will be held at the Crawford-Miller mortuary in Lyons Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Burial will be in the Lyons Cemetery.  S H Fulton will officiate at the service and the Chase Masonic Lodge will conduct graveside service.


The Lyons Daily News, Lyons, Rice Co, Kansas, Monday, July 2, 1956:


Mrs. A C Holmes, about 84, of Lyons, died at 8 o'clock last night at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Glenn Bright, in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

Funeral arrangements are to be announced through the Crawford-Miller mortuary in Lyons.

Mrs. Holmes, one of the early day settlers of this area, came to Lyons with her parents, the late Mr and Mrs. Robert H Day from Illinois in 1878, at the age of six years.

Her husband, Curt Holmes, a rural mail carrier in Lyons a number of years, died in December 1946.

Mrs. Holmes had undergone surgery for a gall bladder ailment 2 weeks ago.

Surviving are the daughter, Mrs. Bright; 2 sons, W D Smith of Lyons and Wayland Smith of San Diego, California; and a step-daughter, Mrs. Gwendolyn Connett of Junction City.


The Lyons Daily News, Friday, December 27, 1946:

A C Holmes - Retired Mail Carrier Had Lived in Lyons 75 Years

A C Holmes, 77, of 407 South Pioneer, died at 7 o'clock last night at the Lyons hospital of a heart ailment.  He had been ill 2 months.

A retired rural mail carrier, he had lived here 75 years, coming to Lyons from Ohio, where he was born October 28, 1876 (1869).  He was a member of the Methodist church.

He leaves his wife, Mrs. Grace Holmes of the home; a daughter, Mrs. Gwendolyn Connett, Junction City; a brother, Carl B Holmes, Arkansas City; and a granddaughter, Carolyn Connett, Junction City.

Funeral services will be held at the Crawford-Miller chapel at 2:30 o'clock Sunday afternoon with Rev L O Smith, Methodist minister in charge.  Burial will be in the Lyons cemetery.

The body will be in state at the funeral home from 3 to 5 o'clock Saturday afternoon and from 7 to 9 tomorrow night.


The Lyons Daily News, Lyons, Rice Co, Kansas, Feb 1915:

Sadie G Holmes, daughter of Robert H Day and Mary (Foote) Day, was born June 1, 1869, in Mercer county, Illinois.  She came to Kansas with her parents in March 1879, where she was educated in the schools of Lyons. After her graduation from the Lyons high school, she taught school for 8 years, of which 2 years were spent in the schools of Lyons. Sadie was one of a class of 14 that graduated in the year 1888, and it is thought she is the first of that class to pass away.

She was received into the Methodist Episcopal church and baptized by the Rev A O Ebright, January 9th, 1897, since which time she has lived a beautiful Christian life.

She was united in marriage to Curtis A Holmes, July 20, 1897.  To this union were born 2 children, Gwendolyn Grace, who is now 9 years of age and Mary Irene who died in infancy.

With the family she lived near Lyons until in May 1913, when they removed to Colorado.  Four weeks ago they came back to Lyons to attend her father's funeral.  Her health had been somewhat infirm, and after the funeral she was taken down and gradually failed until the end came Saturday morning Feb 27, 1915, at 1 o'clock.  Her break down and departure was a surprise to her friends, for Sadie was always strong. She was one to whom all the others had looked for help in trouble and affliciton, nor ever looked in vain.

She had looked upon her father's face, peaceful in the sleep of death and had said: "You are all right, Daddy, we will all meet you," though perhaps she little thought the meeting would be so soon.

She wanted to live for her husband and little girl, and made a brave fight for life, but she was resigned, and the end was peaceful.  She told her mother she was trusting in her Saviour and listened eargerly to the reading of the 14th chapter of St John.  She told her little girl to be good and bade her and her husband and all the friends goodbye.

She was a devoted wife and mother and literally gave her life to her husband and daughter, never thinking of herself.  She was of a sweet and happy disposition and during her illness never once complained of her sufferings, her thought was always of others, her anxierty was to give no trouble to them.  She is "Asleep in Jesus, blessed sleep, from which none ever wakes to weep."

The funeral was held at the Methodist church at 2:30 Tuesday and was attended by a large number of friends.  The sermon was preached by Dr A O Ebright of El Dorado.  Rev Irwin and Rev Bash assisted in the sermon. Interment was in Graceland cemetery.

The friends who bore her so tenderly to her last resting place were all old time neighbors - F L Gray, Ralph Nordstrom, D N Hill, H C Markle, Marian Wilson and A C Blair.

Mrs. Clair Dinsmore, Mrs. A C Blair and Mrs. George Lantz, who were classmates in the Lyons high school had charge of the flowers of which there was a most generous supply from old friends.  Music was furnished by the male quartet composed of Messrs. Fred Taylor, Stanley Embree, Guy Miller and Forest Ebright.

The family is deeply indebted to all these and the other friends and neighbors who have been so kind and thoughtful during these hours of sickness.


from news clipping, Lyons, Rice Co, Kansas, Feb 1915:

At Rest

Robert H Day was born in Beaver county, Pennsylvania, September 11, 1827, and died in Lyons, Rice county, Kansas, January 31, 1915, aged 87 years, 4 months and 20 days.

Funeral services will be held at the Methodist Episcopal church Wednesday afternoon, February 3, at 2:30 o'clock.

The sad news of the death of Robert H Day passed quickly over this town last Sunday afternoon for everybody knew "Uncle Robert."

Possibly it was not proper in this case to say "sad" for death by Mr Day had no terror and was looked forward to as a friend coming his way - long expected.  Mr Day was one of "God's noblemen" - an honest, conscientious citizen and friend, one who loved his neighbors as himself, if not much more so.  He was an old timer, for many years lived on a farm south of Lyons, but of late years a resident of Lyons, commanding the entire respect of everybody.


news clipping from Lyons, Rice Co, Kansas, December 1920:

Mary Foote was born at Wells Tannery, Pennsylvania, June 1, 1838.  She was one of a family of nine children all of whom bore evidence of their early home training with strong Christian characters.  All, except one, David Greer Foote of Aledo, Illinois, are united in the Great Beyond.

The early part of Mrs. Day's life was spent in Pennsylvania, and Mercer county, Illinois.  It was in the latter place that she was married to William H Gilmore in 1859.  To this union two children were born, John E Gilmore and Williametta Kiddoo, both of whom have preceded her.  Mr Gilmore died in 1861.

In 1864 she was married to Robert H Day.  They established their home in Illinois until they came to Kansas in 1879 and settled on a farm one mile south of Lyons, where they lived until 1901 when they moved to their present home in Lyons.

Mrs. Day could not remember when she did not love her Saviour and her entire life had been gloriously spent in His service.  She united with the Presbyterian church in childhood and after her marriage to Mr Day she united with the Methodist church and remained a loyal and efficient member of the same until her death.  Her active church life; her readiness to every need of the community; her genial hospitality; her generous spirit together with her beautiful home life, will make her far reaching influence imperishable.

She especially loved the Bible and the work of the Sunday school.  It was as late of the ministry of Rev J F Irwin that she attended Sunday school for a period of four years without missing.  Her Bible with its marked passages which she read through every year will be a precious remembrance of mother for those who are left.

Mr and Mrs. Day lived together fifty-one years before he was taken in January, 1915.  Four weeks later her daughter, Saidee G Holmes, answered the summons.  Although in late years, Mrs. Day lived more in the retirement of her home she seemed to grow in brilliancy of mind and heart each year.

Since the death of her brother, Andrew J Foote, two years ago, she has longed to be with Jesus and those whom she had "loved long since, and lost awhile."

Seven weeks ago she was taken seriously ill and from the first all that loving hearts and hands of children and friends could do to allay her suffering seemed futile until the end came at 11:55 pm, December 23, 1920.

Even in her weakened condition her mind was full of the praise of her Saviour and His wonderful keeping power.  She loved to have her pastor sing and pray with her and would invariably make response with some favorite passage of scripture or some word of praise to her Saviour.

Her children, Mrs. J T Amos, of Long Beach, California, Mrs. C E Nordstrom, Mrs. A C Holmes, James W Day, and Nelly Fay Day all of Lyons were with her at the end.  Her other son, Ross R Day, who visited her during her recent illness was compelled to return to his home in Long Beach, California.

The funeral services were held at the Methodist church Sunday afternoon, December 26.  A great company of friends and neighbors gathered to pay her their last respects.  The pastor Dr O L Sample, conducted the service.  He read the Twenty Seventh Psalm, her favorite passage of scripture, and spoke from the text chosen by Mrs. Day, Rev. 14:13, and paid a beautiful and well deserving tribute to her splendid Christian life and character.  The pall bearers were the young men from the Epworth League all of whom had been in the home many times and were greatly loved by Mrs. Day.

At the request of the family her pastor sang that beautiful solo "Tell Mother I'll Be There."  The interment was made in Graceland cemetery by the side of her husband.


newspaper clipping found in family Bible - died Dec 4, 1891, Lyons, Rice Co, Kansas:


At the residence of his son, R H Day, on December 4th, John Day, aged 88 years, 8 months and 11 days.

John Day was born in Beaver county, Pennsylvania, was married to Mary Vanatta, December 30, 1823, by whom he had six children, four dying in early life; R H Day being the only one surviving.  Was converted and united with Baptist church in 1843; in 1845 removed to Iowa where he joined the United Brethern church, there not being any Baptist church near.  For nearly twenty years he has been totally blind, and during all these years bore his great affliction with Christian resignation and longing to depart and be with Christ.  He prayed for his aged companion who still lingers upon the shores of time, that God would sustain her in her loneliness until they meet again on the Eternal shores.


newspaper clipping courtesy of Don Bartlett:   January 1943

Joseph M Bartlett Died Tuesday at Langley, Kans.

Joseph M Bartlett, a former resident of Ridgeway, a cousin of Walter and Orley Bartlett and an uncle of Amon Slatten of Bethany, died Tuesday morning at his home in Langley, Kansas.  The body will arrive in Bethany on the train this (Thursday) evening and funeral services will be held at the Christian Church at 2:00 o'clock tomorrow afternoon, conducted by the Rev Francis Burr, pastor.  Interment will be at Miriam cemetery.  S M Haas & Son are in charge of funeral arrangements.

Mrs. Bartlett is a sister of Wren Smith of Bethany and there are numerous other relatives here and at Ridgeway.  At one time Mr Bartlett and his brother Jake conducted a clothing store at Ridgeway.

newspaper clipping courtesy of Don Bartlett:   January 1943

Joseph M Bartlett, son of Nathan and Elizabeth (Seabury) Bartlett, was born near Bethany, May 29, 1873, and passed away at the Little River hospital in Langley (Little River), Kansas, on Tuesday,  January 5, 1943, at the age of 69 years, seven months and seven days.

In 1913 Mr Bartlett moved to Crawford, Kansas, where he was postmaster and owner of a general store until 1920.  After leaving there and moving to Ridgeway, where he was in business a year, he moved to Langley, Kansas, where he was postmaster and in the mercantile business until his death.

On August 24, 1894, Mr Bartlett was married to Olive Myrtle Smith and to this union 11 children were born as follows:  Delbert of Crane, Texas; Nathan, a captain in the US air corps in England; Glenn, who died April 20, 1914; Mrs. Arelyn Case of New York City; Keith and Bonnie of Chicago, Illinois; Wayne of Washington, Kansas; Virginia Lee of Quincey, Illinois, and three other sons who died in infancy.

Besides the widow and his children, he is survived by two sisters, Bessie and Harriett and a brother Jake Bartlett of California, and five grandchildren.

Mr Bartlett united with the Mt Olive Christian church at an early age and later when moving to a farm near Bethany, he and the members of his family were united with the Christian church in Bethany, where they were faithful members.  Mr Bartlett served as an elder in the church for several years.

Funeral services were conducted Friday afternoon, January 8, at the Christian church in Bethany by the Rev Francis P Burr, pastor, and burial was at Miriam cemetery.


obituary from Little River Monitor, Little River, Rice Co, KS Apr 23, 1914:

Glenn Bartlett At Rest

Glenn Bartlett, son of Mr and Mrs. Joseph Bartlett, of Crawford, died Monday evening, April 20, aged about 16 years.  The body was taken to Bethany, Missouri for interment.  Glenn had never enjoyed good health very long at a time, and his last illness lasted about 6 weeks.


from Little River Monitor, Little River, Rice Co, Kansas, December 23, 1940:


John Lincoln Fail, son of Webb and Adelaide Fail, was born in Bethany, Missouri, August 7, 1862, and died in Little River, Kansas, December 17, 1940, at the age of 79 years.

Mr Fail lived at Bethany until he was grown to manhood.  In 1884, at the age of 22 years, the families of Webb Fail and John Wood left Bethany together in covered wagons and drove to Kansas to find new homes.  Two years later, February 11, 1886, John and Mary Wood were united in marriage at Lyons by Rev D D Akin.  Three children were born to this union, Lillie, Eli and Ester.  Eli died in young manhood about 30 years ago.  Lillie, who became Mrs. Walter Sargent, departed this life about 15 years ago.

John was converted at a camp meeting conducted by Rev Dadisman and united with the Little River Methodist church in 1897.  In religion he saw something of supreme worth and surpassing beauty.  In it he lived. Those of us who have been with him in the various meeting of the church remember the shining face, the prayers he made and the testimonies he gave.  When death twice entered the home, taking each time a loved child, with the grief there was faith in immortality.  The child had not perished but gave on to a better world and there waited for the others.

John was an industrious man.  Even when age came upon him, he was busy. In his younger days, he was known as a tremendous worker. Although not a large man, he had great strength and hardihood.  He was a good neighbor. When sorrow entered a home in the community, or someone needed a helping hand, John and Mary Fail were there to help.  They had a good attitude toward life.  Who among us of the older generation has not been cheered and gladdened by their jolly good nature and delight in life?  Those who knew the hospitality of that home (and there are many) remember it with joy.  It has been good for us to know them and live by them for half a century.  We will remember.

Relatives surviving are his widow, a daughter, Mrs. Ester Fanestil, Hoisington; two sisters, Mrs. Electra Crane, of Oakland, California, and Mrs. Lizzie Kenyon, of Grants Pass, Oregon; a brother, Ira Fail, of Geneseo; four grandchildren: Olen Sargent of Jacksonville, Florida, Mrs. Eileen Fowler, of Pampa, Texas, and Marjorie and Darrell Dean Fanestil of Hoisington; and two great grandchildren, Billie Lee Sargent, of Jacksonville, Florida, and Gary Charles Fowler, of Pampa, Texas.

Funeral services were conducted at the Methodist Church, Thursday, December 19, by Rev C Cray Jones, assisted by Rev J T Spriggs and Percy L Perry.  Interment was made in Bean Cemetery.


from The Emporia Daily Gazette, Emporia, Lyon Co, Kansas July 5, 1956:

Mrs. Mary Frances Fail Dies

Mrs. Mary Frances Fail, who had lived with her daughter, Mrs. Carl L Fanestil and Mr Fanestil, 1423 Washington St, since 1943, died Wednesday evening (July 4, 1956) at 8:30 o'clock.

Funeral services will be held in the Little River Methodist Church Saturday at 3 pm, with burial in the Bean Cemetery, Little River.  The casket will be open to Emporia friends Friday afternoon and evening at the McVey Funeral Home.

Mrs. Fail, the daughter of the late Mr and Mrs. John Wood, was born Sept 20, 1867 in Bethany, Mo.  She came to Kansas in a covered wagon in 1884, and married John Lincoln Fail at Lyons Feb 11, 1886.  Mr Fail died Dec 17, 1940.  She is survived by her daughter, Mrs. Fanestil; four grandchildren and six great grandchildren; a brother, J L Wood of Winfield; a sister, Mrs. Martha French, of Kiowa.  She was preceded in death by a son, Eli N Fail, in 1911 and a daughter, Lillie in 1925.  She was a member of the Little River Methodist Church.

from The Little River Monitor, Little River, Rice Co, Kansas, July 12, 1956:


Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon in the Little River Methodist church for Mrs. Mary Francis (sic) Fail who passed away on Tuesday, July 3, (1956) at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Carl Fanestil in Emporia.  Death was due to a cerebral hemorrhage.

Mrs. Fail was born in Bethany, Missouri, September 20, 1867 and moved to Kansas with her parents.  She was married to John Lewis (sic) Fail in Lyons, February 11, 1886.  They moved to Little River and Mr Fail passed away here December 17, 1940.  She was a member of the LR Methodist church.  In 1943 she moved to Emporia where she had been in ill health for a number of years.

In addition to her daughter, Mrs. Fanestil of Emporia, Mrs. Fail is survived by a brother, J W Wood of Winfield, a sister, Mrs. Martha French of Kowa; four grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

Officiating at the services were Rev D Neal Morris and Rev Percy Perry. Burial was in  Bean Cemetery.


from the Hutchinson News, Hutchinson, Reno Co, Kansas, March 1987:

Walter M Sargent

Walter M Sargent, 1010, 3101 North Plum, died March 12, 1987, at Good Samaritan Center.  Born July 20, 1885, in Crawford county, he married Lillie Fail Nov 28, 1906, in Little River.  She died April 23, 1925.  He married Ellen German Jan 19, 1929, in Little River.  She died Oct 20, 1967.  He was a reitred farmer and had been a Hutchinson resident since 1970.

He was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church.

Survivors: son, Olen, Alameda, Calif.; daughter, Eileen Fowler, 306 West 29th; sisters, Violet Sargent, 2700 North Washington, Sadie Young, 521 West 18th; four grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; five step-great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and four step-great-great-grandchildren.

Graveside service will be at 2 pm Friday at Bean Cemetery, Little River; the Rev Jerel Devor.  Friends may call from 4 to 9 tonight and 9 am to noon Friday at Elliott Mortuary.  Memorials may go to the church.


from newspaper clipping, April 1925:

LILLIE ANN FAIL, daughter of John and Mary Fail, was born March 9, 1887, near Geneseo, Kansas, where the family then resided.

On November 28, 1906, she was married to Walter M Sargent.  Their children were Olen W, aged 16, and Theo Ilene, aged 9.  Two children passed away in infancy.  She died Thursday, April 23, 1925, at 4 o'clock in the afternoon; aged 38 years, 1 month and 14 days.  Her only brother, Eli, who early gave his life in beautiful consecrated service to God, went on before and was first of a goodly number "over there" to welcome her home.  Her husband, children, parent, and sister - Mrs. Esther Fanestil - remain in a grief that makes them lonely but which is without a sting.

When Lillie was seven years old, without being urged and without telling any one of her intentions, she rose in meeting and said, "Take the world but give me Jesus."  During the entire course of her life she never allowed the things of the world to interfere with the consecration so early made.  So there was a constant, beautiful growth of her spiritual life as she grew to maturity.  When the cares and responsibilities of married life came upon her she was able to meet them victoriously.  She adorned motherhood.  "The heart of her husband safely trusted in her."  " Her children rise up to call her blessed."  She was always kind and considerate, living the spirit of the words, "sacrifice" and "sympathy."

After some gradual failing her health broke seriously in November 1923. After January, 1924, she was unable to walk unaided.  During the long period of invalidism she was cheerful and hopeful for recovery.  Her chief concern was that she had to receive from others the care and attention that she would so willingly and freely given to some other.  A few hours before she went home she said that she still wished that she might remain with the family, but she added, "I have been through Gethsemane and can say, 'Not my will but thine be done!"  She declared that she was without anxiety or fear and that there was nothing between her and the Future World.

At noon Thursday she called the family to her and, with words that will always be remembered as a benediction, she took leave of her husband, children and parents.  Then she asked them to give her friends a message of greeting and gratitude for all of their kindness and to be sure to ask them to meet her in Heaven.  Soon the power to speak left her, but she apparently remained conscious until the veil parted and she stepped from the weeping group here into the radiant group there.

Lillie will like Heaven for she enjoyed the anticipation of it while there.

Funeral services were conducted from the M E Church at 2:30 Sunday afternoon by her pastor, Rev E L Nicholson, assisted by Rev Percy L Perry.  The body was laid to rest in Bean Cemetery, Funeral Director Dunsford in charge.  The pall bearers were: Mrs. Inez Smith, Mrs. Ellen German, Mrs. Vasti Hodgson, Mrs. Ida Day, Mrs. Grace Hodgson and Mrs. Winnie Moore.  The chorus consisted of singers from the Congregational, Christian and Methodist choirs.


newspaper obituary, The Monitor, Little River, Rice Co, Kansas, January 1911 :

Eli Nelson Fail was born near Little River, Kansas, March 23, 1891, and died at the same place Friday evening at 8:30, January 6, 1911, aged nineteen years, nine months and thirteen days.  Eli was the only son.  He leaves his parents and two sisters to mourn over one of the truest sons and brothers that ever gladdened a home.  But they are not alone in their grief.  This boy has always lived among us, and has so won his way into our lives that we feel that a son or brother has been torn from our own homes.  The funeral services, conducted by Rev J A Holmes, his pastor, at the Methodist Church Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock, were attended by one of the largest, if not the largest, crowds assembled in Little River on such an occasion.  The floral offerings were profuse and appropriate, especially the emblems presented by the Methodist Brotherhood, of which he was a member, and the Epworth League, of which he was treasurer . Classmates from his Sunday School class were pall bearers.


from the Sterling Bulletin, Sterling, Rice Co, Kansas, Thursday, April 24, 1919:

Charles M Monson

Died at his home at Alden after a lingering illness

Charles Morton Monson, son of Abner L and Emma Satterfield Monson, was born in Nicholas Co, Kentucky on January 2, 1851 and died at his home in Alden, Rice Co, Kansas April 19, 1919, aged 68 years, 3 months and 17 days.

He was married to Mary D Stout at Mt Olivet, Robertson Co, Kentucky October 3, 1872.  To this union were born 8 children; 6 of whom, together with the wife, survive him.  The children are Rubertie F Frederick, Castleton, Kansas; William M Monson, Ankeny, Iowa; Clement F and Annie May who died in infancy; Fannie B Mitchell, Alden, Kansas; Ernest E Monson, Alden, Kansas; Cecilia E Vincent, Nickerson, Kansas; and Earl M Monson, Wichita.  A nephew, Charles A Monson, of Redlands, California, was a foster son.

He also leaves 3 sisters: Mrs. Mary Newman of Texas; Mrs. S C Price, Raymond, Kansas; Mrs. Fanny Ridenour, Hickman, Kentucky; and 4 brothers: N H and James, New Richmond, Ohio; J S of  Troy, Kansas and T J of Elk City, Oklahoma.

In his boyhood he was converted and joined the Methodist church near his home, and in February 1878, joined the Baptist church in Mt Olivet, Kentucky transferring his membership to the Raymond Baptist church on coming to Kansas, and later to the Alden Baptist church.

In March 1878, with his family, he moved to Rice Co, Kansas and settled on the farm north of Alden on which he lived til the last 15 years where Alden had been his home.  Mr Monson endured the hardships of pioneer life in Kansas.  He was a loving husband and a kind father, always a good provider for his family.

He had suffered from a serious malady for a number of years, the past year being an invalid.  He was willing and ready, and mentioned he was waiting for the summons.  He told his children who were all permitted to be with him in his last hours, that they had done all they could, and admonished them to take care of their mother.  He sank peacefully to rest.

He was preceded in death just 3 days by his granddaughter, Miss Nira Mitchell.

He leaves to mourn his wife, sons, daughters, grandchildren and many relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held Monday, April 21st at 2:30 pm at the Baptist church in Alden, conducted by Rev J J Vie, pastor of the Baptist church, assisted by Rev J M Oliver.  A quartet composed of Messrs. William McGrew, W E Davis, G E Klady, and W L Gray sang during the service.

The pallbearers were all old neighbors, Jesse Davis, T A Dimmitt, O B Vincent, D W Grady, W F Caywood and W P Jeter.

Burial was made in the family lot in the Alden cemetery.




Died at Home of Her Son Near Nickerson and Buried at Alden

Mary Delilah Stout was born in Robertson county, KY., December 25, 1848, and died at the home of her son E.E. Monson, near Nickerson, Reno county, Kans., August 21, 1920, aged 71 years, 8 months and 26 days. She was married to C.M. Monson at Mt. Olivet, Robertson county, KY., October 3, 1872. To this union were born eight children, six of whom are living. The children are, Rubertie Frederick, Castleton; Wm. M. Monson, Ankeny, Iowa; Clement F. and Anna M., who died in infancy; Fannie B. Mitchell, Alden; Ernest E. Monson, Nickerson; Cecil Emma Vincent, Nickerson, and Earl M. Monson, Wichita, and a foster son Charles A. Monson, of Redlands, Calif. She also leaves four sisters, Mrs. H.A. Hickman, Alden; Mrs. R.M. Williams, Colorado Springs,

Colo.; Mrs. M.J. Grady, Coffeyville; Mrs. G. B. Ross, Ottawa; and three brothers, W.T. Stout, Atchison; J.M. Stout, Wetmore; and J. M. Stout of Independence.

Mrs. Monson was converted in early girlhood and united with the Mt. Olivet Baptist church, Mt. Olivet, KY., and afterwards transferred her membership to the Raymond Baptist church on coming to Kansas and later to the Alden Baptist church. She moved in March 1878, with her husband to their farm northwest of Alden and in later years moved to Alden, where she lived until

the death of her husband, which occurred April 19, 1919. She had been a sufferer for years with spinal trouble. She was always a consecrated christian devoted to her church and family. She leaves to mourn her loss four sisters, three brothers, six children, several grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

In her home she was devoted to her family, trying at all times to instill into the minds of those about her the principles of right living; having by her patient love and sympathetic dipositon won in a remarkable degree the confidence of her children. She was indeed a mother in every sense of the word. She was ever ready to lend a helping hand to any who were in need.

The funeral service was held in the Alden Baptist church, conducted by Rev. J.J. Via, who was assisted by Rev. J.M. Oliver. Interment in the Alden cemetery.

Sleep on, beloved, sleep, and take thy rest; lay down thy head upon thy Savior's breast; We love thee well, but Jesus loves thee best.


from The Hutchinson News Herald, Hutchinson, Reno Co, Kansas Sunday June 29, 1947:

Mrs. W J Frederick

Pretty Prairie - Mrs. Ruberta Frederick, 73, Pretty Prairie RFD 2, died at 7 pm Friday en route to a Wichita hospital.  She had been in ill health for one year.

Mrs. Frederick was born in Kentucky, July 30, 1873, and had lived on a farm 7 1/2 miles east and two miles north of Pretty Prairie for 33 years.  She was a former Alden and Sterling resident and was a member of the Baptist church.

Survivors are her widower; two sisters, Mrs. Fannie Mitchell, Alden, and Mrs. Emmie Vincent, Nickerson; and three brothers, Bill Monson, Greeley, Iowa, Earl Monson, Wichita, and Ernest Monson, Hutchinson.

Funeral services will be at 3 pm Sunday in the home and at 2:30 pm Monday in the Alden Baptist Church with Rev A L Stanfield officiating. Burial will be in Alden Cemetery.



Sterling Bulletin - Sterling, Rice Co, Kansas - March 18, 1948 - pg 6

W C Monson dies - W C Monson, 82, of Alden, died at the Will Leatherman home in Sterling Thursday night of last week after a lingering illness.

Funeral services were held in the Alden Methodist church Monday afternoon with Rev Doyle Hauschulz officiating.  Burial was in the Alden cemetery.

The Lyons Daily News, Lyons, Rice Co, Kansas - Tuesday, March 16, 1948

front page - column 5

Alden Pioneer's Funeral

Funeral services were held yesterday afternoon for William C Monson, 83, at Alden, and burial was in the cemetery there.  He died Sunday at Sterling hospital.  Mr Monson came to the Alden community in 1885 from Bourbon county, Kentucky, where he was born in 1864.  He is survived by the widow, 2 children, Mrs. N S Myers, Alden, and Willis Monson, Iowa; and eight grandchildren, one of whom is Mrs. Lyle C Smith, Lyons.


name of newspaper? pg. 4 - (Rice Co, Kansas)

Mrs. LILLIE MONSON - Lillie Jane Simmons, daughter of Allen and Hannah Simmons, was born December 13, 1871 and died at the home of her daughter June 12, 1948.  She came to Kansas when 8 years old and settled on a farm northwest of Alden and lived there until she reached womanhood.  At 19 (20) years of age she was united in marriage to William Monson on Nov 6 (7), 1890 (1889) in Alden.  Her husband preceded her in death on March 11, 1948.  To this union 2 children were born, a daughter, Mrs. N S Myers of Alden, and a son, J W Monson of Shenandoah, Iowa.  In 1895 they left Alden and moved to Illinois where they made their home for 6 years and later moved to Missouri and lived there the rest of their life except for 5 years.  She was a member of the Methodist church and a faithful wife and loving mother and a kind neighbor who was always helpful in sickness.  Kind loving hands did all they could to make her last days peaceful but God called her home.  She leaves to mourn her loss, her daughter and son, 6 grandchildren, 2 step grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, 4 sisters and 2 brothers, also a host of friends.


From the Lyons Daily News, Lyons, Rice Co, Kansas 20 June 1979

Rites Tomorrow for John Myers

Funeral services for John H Myers, long-time Rice county resident, will be 2:30 Thursday at Sillin-Crawford-Miller Funeral Home.  The Rev Jay Anderson will conduct the service.  Burial will be in the Lyons Municipal Cemetery.

Myers died Tuesday in his home at the age of 86.  He was born in Alden April 16, 1893.  He married Lutie Moore, who died September 8, 1973. Prior to 1918, he published the weekly Alden Journal.  From 1918 to the early 1940's he worked for the Lyons Daily News and in the 1940's he established another business, the Myers Print Shop.  He had no survivors.

Friends may call from 6 pm Wednesday until 12 pm Thursday at the funeral home.  The family suggests memorials to the Rice County Historical Society.


from The Lyons Daily News, Lyons, Rice Co, Kansas Sept 8, 1973:

Mrs. John Myers dies this morning

Mrs. John (Lutie B) Myers of 721 South Douglas died early this morning at the District Hospital after a long illness.  She was 81.

Mrs. Myers had been a Lyons resident for 55 years.  Before retiring, she had worked as a saleslady at Lyons stores, particularly Howard's, since 1918.

She was born in Alden on September 13, 1891, to Rev Thomas T and Christine Moore.  She married John Myers in Alden on March 30, 1913.

She was a member of the United Methodist Church, the WSCS and the Eastern Star, of which she was a Past Matron.

Survivors are her husband and a niece, Mrs. Carl (Christine) Ketchan of Elkhart, who formerly lived at the Myers home.

Rev Charles Fiquett will conduct a funeral service Monday at 2 pm in the Crawford-Miller mortuary.  Burial will be in the Lyons cemetery. Friends may call at the mortuary from 3 to 5 pm tomorrow.


from the Hutchinson News Herald, Hutchinson, Reno Co, Kansas, Friday, January 2, 1953:

Mrs. Christiana Moore

LYONS - Mrs. Christiana Moore, 84, widow of Rev Thomas T Moore, died in Lyons hospital at 2 pm Thursday after a week's illness.

She was born in Decatur, Indiana, December 1, 1868, had lived in Lyons 35 years.  Her husband died in 1913.

Survivors are a daughter, Mrs. John Myers, Lyons; three sons, R D, Fritch, Texas, Jay, Lyons, and Troy, Los Angeles; and several grandchildren.

Funeral will be at Crawford-Miller chapel at 2 pm Saturday with burial in Wildmead cemetery at Nickerson at 3 pm Sunday.


from The Little River Monitor, Little River, Rice Co, Kansas, Thursday, Nov 16, 1916:


ANNA ELIZABETH PFEIFER was born in Hesse Darmstadt, Germany, April 8, 1837, and died at her home in Little River, Kansas, November 6, 1916; aged 79 years, 6 months and 28 days.

She came with her parents to America, when two years of age, locating in Ohio.

On May 22, 1853, she was united in marriage to Samuel Clutter.  They came to Kansas March 1, 1889.  Thirteen years ago they celebrated their golden wedding anniversary.  Ten years ago, November 8, her husband died.  Since that time she has been afflicted with various troubles.

She was always cheerful and enjoyed the visits with her friends.  She had been a faithful christian for sixty years, was kind-hearted and generous, a good neighbor, and was ever ready and willing to extend a helping hand to those in need or distress.  Her lovable dispostion endeared her to a large circle of friends.  She leaves three sisters, two brothers, fourteen children and twenty-nine great-grandchildren, and a host of friends who will miss her from her home.

The funeral, which was held at the Congregational church Thursday, November 9, was well attended and the floral offerings were beautiful. Rev Percy L Perry, pastor of the church, aassisted by Rev George Watts of the Methodist church and Rev R A Adamson of the Christian church, conducted the service.  The WCTU, of which she was a member, read their burial service at the close of the sermon.  Burial was made in Bean cemetery where she rests by the side of her husband.


from The Hutchinson News Herald, Hutchinson, Reno Co, Kansas Thursday Aug 18, 1955:

Mrs. C C Deal

LITTLE RIVER - Mrs. C C Deal, a resident here for 62 years, died at her home at 4:15 pm Wednesday.  She had been ill for 10 days.

Mrs. Deal was born in Ohio on Dec 31, 1859, and came here in 1893 after her marriage to Deal who died in 1941.  She was a member of the Methodist church.

Surviving are two sons, Samuel and Albert, both of Little River; three brothers, John Clutter, Alvin, Texas, Charles and James Clutter, Larned; a sister, Mrs. Frances Goff, Larned; a grandchild and a great grandchild.

Funeral services will be at the home at 10 am Friday with Rev Percy L Perry officiating.  Burial will be in Bean Cemetery.


this obituary follows a story in the Lyons Daily News of the explosion and fire in the Avery Mercantile building on the square at Lyons in the early morning hours of Sunday, April 25, 1954.  Mrs. Nichols was a resident of one of the apartments above the store.  She escaped the fire, but went back up to her apartment to get her pet canary, and she died as a result of a heart attack and suffocation from the smoke.

The Lyons Daily News, Lyons, Rice Co, Kansas, Monday, April 26, 1954:


Funeral services will be conducted for Mrs. Nichols at the Crawford-Miller mortuary in Lyons at 2:30 o'clock tomorrow afternoon with Rev O W Reece in charge.  Burial will be in the Lyons cemetery.

Mrs. Nichols' body will lie in state at the mortuary from 7 to 9 o'clock this evening.

Mrs. Nichols was the widow of the late J D Cavenee, an early day resident of Lyons.  Following his death in 1918 (1919) she married John Nichols of Kinsley.  He died several years ago.

Born in Celino (Celina), Ohio, March 12, 1871, Mrs. Nichols spent most of her life in Lyons.  She was a member of the Christian church and the Rebeckah Lodge.

At the time of her death, Mrs. Nichols was the oldest member of the Christian church.

Surviving are 5 daughters, Mrs. W D Smith of Lyons, Mrs. Forrest Folck of Little River, Mrs. W R Folck of Peoria, Illinois, Mrs. C B Rose of Longmont, Colorado and Mrs. Edward Krase of Cheney; a son, James Cavenee of Great Bend; (another son Fred Cavenee of Haven who was omitted); 2 brothers, Charles and James Clutter of Larned and John Clutter of Alvin, Texas; 2 sisters, Mrs. Charles Deal of Little River, Mrs. Henry Goff of Long Beach, California; 17 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.


Lyons Daily News, Lyons, Rice Co, Kansas - Tuesday, August 12, 1919 –

Death of James Cavenee

James D Cavenee died this morning at 8 o'clock at his home after a prolonged illness of many months resulting from pneumonia following an attack of the influenza which he suffered last December.  The funeral will be held Thursday afternoon at 3 o'clock and will be in charge of the Order of the Odd Fellows.


the Lyons Daily News, Lyons, Rice Co, Kansas, Jan 28, 1974:

W D Smith - Pioneer Auto Jobber Dies........

William Day Smith of 421 South Grand avenue died yesterday in the District Hospital after a long illness.  He was 81.  Mr Smith was one of the earliest automotive jobbers in Kansas, originating the C & S Auto Supply in Lyons in 1922 and forming the Smith Auto Supply in Lyons in 1931.  He was an active partner in the business with his two sons until his retirement in 1954.  The business closed several years ago.  He was born to Charles Orceneth and Grace Day Smith in Chase, December 13, 1892 . Both parents were Rice county pioneers.  He married Doris Cavenee in Little River on August 29, 1912.  He and his wife had wintered in Brownsville, Texas for 18 years.  They had lived permanently in Lyons the past five years.  Mr Smith was a member of the United Methodist Church of Lyons, a past master and district deputy of Royal Masonic Lodge 192, and a member of the Queen Esther chapter of Eastern Star.  He received a 50 year pin last March.  Survivors are his wife; a daughter, Mrs. Joe B Hynal of Brownsville, Texas; two sons, Lyle C of Hutchinson and Merle R of Lyons; a brother, Wayland C of San Diego; a sister, Mrs. Glenn Bright of Las Cruces, New Mexico; five granddaughters and 10 great grandchildren. Rev Charles Fiquett Jr will conduct a funeral service Thursday at 2 pm in the Crawford-Miller mortuary.  Burial will be in the Lyons cemetery. Friends may call at the mortuary from 5 to 9 pm tomorrow and from 8 until the service time Thursday.  A memorial fund has been started for the Heart Association in care of Mrs. Leslie Wilkins.


from The Hutchinson News, Hutchinson, Reno Co, Kansas, Dec 21, 1975:

Mrs. William Day Smith

LYONS - Mrs. Doris M Smith, 78, died Saturday at her home.  Born Aug 22, 1897, at Lyons, she was married to William Day Smith, Aug 29, 1912 at Little River.  He died Jan 28, 1974.  She was a lifetime resident.  She was a member of the United Methodist church, past matron of CES.

Survivors are sons: Lyle C, 3001 N Monroe; Merle R, Lyons; daughter, Mrs. Joe Hynal, Lyons; brothers, Fred Cavenee, Haven; Jim Cavenee, Great Bend; sisters, Mrs. Erma Folck, Little River; Mrs. Kelsey Rose, Longmont, Colorado; Mrs. Bob Folck, Peoria, Illinois; Mrs. Herman Lohkamp, Wichita; five grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren.  Funeral will be at 11 am Tuesday at the Crawford-Miller mortuary, Lyons; Rev Jay Anderson.  Burial will be in the Lyons Municpal Cemetery.  Friends may call from 1 pm to 9 pm Monday at the mortuary.  Family suggests memorials to the Arthritic Foundation.



Dr D T Battershell, 96 (94) retired veterinarian, died this morning at 8 o'clock at the Rice County farm after an illness of two years.  He was born in Powell county, Kentucky in 1851 (1853) and came to Lyons from Garden City, Kansas 50 years ago.  Mr Battershell is survived by a son, John Battershell, of Lyons and 14 grandchildren.  The funeral will be at Crawford-Miller chapel at 2:30 pm Saturday with the Rev C W Hildebrand conducting the services.  Burial will be in Lyons Cemetery.

no name of newspaper - (Lyons, Rice Co, Kansas) 1947


Daniel Thornton Battershell, son of William Battershell and Elizabeth Wills Battershell, was born May 24, 1853, in Powell county, Kentucky, and passed away December 11, 1947.  The youngest of a family which included three sons and three daughters, he moved when a small child with his parents to Urbana, Illinois, where he grew to manhood.  He was married on September 13, 1874, to Margaret A Brookbank and was the father of five children, four of whom preceded him in death - Thomas O, Arthur R, Lester J, and Cora Florence.  Mrs. Battershell died September 6, 1910, and the sole survivor is a son, John Battershell of Lyons.

He loved his work, the practice of veterinary medicine, from which he retired 15 years ago.  He was a lover of animals and outdoor life.  A night was never too cold or stormy for him to answer a call, driving his horse and buggy, many times going horseback, or on foot if need be.

He suffered a stroke on December 1 and was conscious part of the time when he recognized those with him either his son or his wife was with him constantly - his son at the time of his death.

The survivors include his son, John Battershell; 15 grandchildren; 27 great grandchildren, and one great great grandson.

The pallbearers for the funeral were chosen by Mr Battershell several years ago but only two are living or able to attend the funeral service, sons of the chosen men acted in their stead.  They were Orville Ellis, Estes Bethers, Charles Richards, George Gray, Hugh Ramage and Irvin Massey.


no name of newspaper - (Lyons, Rice Co, Kansas) Wednesday, Sept 7, 1910


Well Known Lyons Resident Passed Away Tuesday Night

Mrs. Margaret Ann Battershell, wife of D T Battershell, died at half past ten o'clock, Tuesday night of cancer of the stomach, after an illness of ten weeks.  She was 59 years, 3 months and 5 days old.

There will be a short funeral service at the home, Thursday afternoon at half past two o'clock, and the body will be laid to rest in graceland cemetery.

Margaret Ann Brookbank was married to D T Battershell at Champaign, Illinois, September 13, 1874.  Six children were born to them, four of whom, Otto, Arthur, Lester and John, are living and were with her when she died.  The family moved to Kansas in 1885, and to Rice county in 1896.  They have been living in Lyons, on Main street West, for the past ten years.

The husband and family have the sympathy of the entire community in their bereavement.


from The Lyons Daily News, Lyons, Rice Co, Kansas October 16, 1929

Ottawa Thomas Battershell, a teamster on the paving project between Lyons and Sterling, was killed almost instantly at 6:20 last evening when a wagon in which he was riding home from work was struck by an automobile driven by Verlen Bundy.

As he neared the creek bridge, the Bundy car, a chevrolet Coach, crashed into the rear of the wagon with a tremendous impact and the victim was thrown from the wagon into the ditch.  He was unconscious from the moment of the collision.

The team was badly injured and had to be shot.

Mr Battershell was the son of D T Battershell, local veterinarian.  He is survived by the widow and six children.  Chester and Elmer were here with the parents - the others are Mrs. John White and Glen Battershell of Hutchinson, Daniel of California and Ruth who is away at school.

A post mortem disclosed the man's neck had been broken.


from the Lyons Daily News, Lyons, Rice Co, Kansas - Oct 19, 1929


Thomas Ottawa Battershell was born in Champaign County, Illinois, July 9, 1875.  He came to Kansas with his parents, Mr and Mrs. Dan Battershell, when he was ten years of age.  Most of his life has been lived in or near Lyons.  On December 25, 1900, he was married to Miss Lilly Goodrick of Lyons.  Fifteen children have been born to this union, nine of whom preceded him in death.  In addition to his dear wife, his father and 2 brothers, he leaves six children to mourn him.  They are: Glenn of Hutchinson; Daniel of California; Isabel of Concordia, Kansas; and Elmer, Chester and Ruth of Lyons.  During his whole life he has known only hard work with his hands and with his teams he has wrought hard for his large and growing family.  He placed his home duties above everything and in this respect he was never found wanting.


The Lyons Daily News, Lyons, Rice Co, Kansas 19 March 1937


Arthur R Battershell, 56, died here at 6:30 this morning of an illness which lasted several years.  He was born in Champaign County, Illinois April 5, 1881.  Survivors include his aged father, D T Battershell, and a brother, John Battershell, both of Lyons.  He is also survived by five children: Weir Battershell, Idaho, by his first marriage and Raymond, Marie, Lee and Earl Battershell by his second marriage.  Funeral services will be conducted tomorrow afternoon at 2:30 in the Williamson-Booker Chapel.  John Hanna, Christian church pastor will be in charge.  Burial will take place in the Graceland cemetery.


from the Lyons Daily News, Lyons, Rice Co, Kansas - May 1945


Raymond Lawrence Battershell, son of Arthur and Mable Battershell, was born March 10, 1918 at Lyons, Kansas.  He was killed in action while in the service of his country in Italy, May 18, 1945.

Raymond grew up to manhood and attended the Lyons Public schools, being graduated with the Class of '35.  In June of that same year he entered the CCC, with the thought in mind that the outside work would benefit his health.  In March 1936 he returned to work in and around Lyons, leaving again for continued work in the open, this time he spent 14 months in Wyoming.  In the summer of 1939 he went to work for the Sand Ore Company of McPherson, but was back in Lyons from time to time visiting with home folks.

In the summer of 1940, because of his interest in airplanes, he went to Wichita where he received special training in that kind of work.  In the fall of 1940 Raymond entered the Beech-Craft factory at Wichita and continued to work there until Feb 19, 1941 when he was inducted into the Armed Services of his country.

He began his basic training in the Ordinance Department of the service at Camp Robinson, Arkansas.  Later he was transferred to Aberdeen, MD, for advanced training.  He was graduated from this school on Nov 30, 1941, with the rank of Corporal.  After war was declared the 35th Divison was sent to California, being stationed at Fort Ord.  Early in 1942 the Army asked for volunteers to aid in training troops in South America. Raymond was one of the 500 men from his company to volunteer for this special work.  While on this special mission in Peru, South America, Raymond was raised to the rank of Sgt.  In June 1943 he was shipped back to the states and entered Officers school for additional training.  He was graduated from this Ordinance School on Dec 4, 1943 and commissioned a 2nd lieutenant.  For some time after his graduation he taught in the Ordinance School at Aberdeen, MD.

He came home on furlough in Feb 1944, returning to the East Coast and sailed with his company for overseas duty on April 2, 1944.  His company landed in North Africa on Easter Sunday.  After the successful completion of the African Campaign his company was transferred to Italy.  During the early part of the campaign in Italy he was commissioned a first lieutenant.  His commission as Captain came on April 18, 1945.  Raymond was married on July 24, 1943 to Ruby Mae Hicken of Huntsville, Missouri. Although they didn't have many months together, before he sailed for overseas duty, Raymond in letters home often referred to the happiness that was theirs.

Friends and loved ones alike will remember Raymond for his bright sunny disposition and his ability to make friends easily.  He had high ideals. He had always helped his mother and gave her words of encouragement.

He had many friends in Lyons, among whom are Mrs. and Mrs. George Temple; Mrs. and Mrs. Walter Wright, with whom he lived for about a year; Mrs. and Mrs. Sam Plank.  Mrs. Plank was Supt. of the Junior Dept while Raymond was a Junior, later she was teaching the High School Class of which he was also a member.

His father Arthur Battershell preceded him in death in 1937.  He leaves to mourn his death; his wife, Ruby Mae, Huntsville, Missouri; his mother, Mrs. Mable Battershell, Wichita, Kansas; a sister, Mrs. Raymond Bean, Yuma, Arizona; 2 brothers, Earl L, stationed with the Navy at Norfolk, VA; Lee H, Sterling, Kansas; and two half brothers, John Arthur Crill, with the Navy somewhere in the Pacific, and Weir Battershell, Powell, Wyoming. Also his aged grandfather, D T Battershell, Lyons, and a grandmother, Mrs. Jennie Bardwell, Enid, Oklahoma.  Besides other relatives and friends.

Raymond was a member of the Lyons Christian Church.


from The Lyons Daily News, Lyons, Rice Co, Kansas - 27 June 1983

Mabel E Battershell, 96, died Sunday at the District Hospital in Lyons. She was born May 29, 1887 at Kingman and married Horace Crill on Oct 27, 1906.  He died April 25, 1911.  She married Arthur Battershell on Jan 28, 1914 and he too preceded her in death.  A long-time Lyons resident, Mrs. Battershell was a homemaker, a member of the Christian Church, the Home Demonstration Unit and the VFW Auxilliary, all of Lyons.

She is survived by a sister, Lucy Lindsay of Colorado Springs; a brother, Seth Bardwell of Hutchinson; two sons, John Crill of Sterling and Earl Battershell of Lyons; a daughter, Marie Bean of Magaglia, California; seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

The funeral will be at 10 am Thursday at the Sillin-Crawford-Miller Funeral Home, Rev Clayton Hildebrand officiating.  Burial will be in the Lyons cemetery.


The Sterling Gazette, No. 19, Thursday, 8 May 1890, p4, col 3:

Sterling, Rice Co, Kansas:

Additional Local Obituary -    Barbara Royer, wife of John Royer, living 3 miles north of the city, died at her late residence on Sunday morning the 4th of May, after a lingering illness, at the age of 55 years 10 months and 1 day.

The deceased was born in Seneca county, Ohio (to Jacob Bunn and Elizabeth Leiter) June 19th, 1834, and was married to Mr Royer the 4th of December, 1851.  Prior to the removal of the family to Kansas in March 1886 , her life was spent in Ohio.  She leaves to mourn her loss, a bereaved husband, eight sons and seven daughters, two brothers and two sisters, besides a host of friends and neighbors.  She became an active member of the Reformed church of Lyons.

The funeral services were held in the Congregational church of this city, and were conducted by her Pastor, Rev Casselman of Lyons, who was assisted by Rev Dr Spencer and Rev Boggess of this city.

Card of Thanks

We desire to express our most sincere thanks to friends who so willingly aided during the illness of our mother, also for the expression, in various ways, of sympathy in the hour of death.  Also do we remember the members of the Congregational Church for tendering the use of their church and the choir for rendering music.  John Royer and family.


The Sterling Kansas Bulletin, January 29, 1909:

Obituary - John Royer

The events of life crowd so rapidly upon us that we sometimes become unconscious of their importance.  In the passing away of John Royer we have an event of more than momentary importance, which causes us to reflect and meditate.  The community has lost not only a venerable and exemplary man and good citizen, but one of the pioneers whose aims were to improve the community materially, educationally and morally.  And in his death we are reminded that the first generation is here to possess the land.  While not an actual pioneer, yet in reality, one of the oldest pioneers.  Before the days of the famous Bellevue colony, he came to this country and bought 160 acres.  From that moment his heart was busied in the west, and he simply waited the opportunity to locate here with his family; and after the death of his aged parents in the spring of 1886, he located on a farm north of Sterling.

Mr Royer belonged to a sturdy ancestry, who had their origin in France, but who at the great uprising of the Huguenots, were driven out of France because of their firm belief in the Protestant religion.  While located in Germany that desire to worship God according to the dictates of conscience began to manifest itself and they braved the storms and ploughed their way across the ocean and settled in Pennsylvania among the earliest pioneers.  The pioneer spirit manifested itself again in the father of Mr Royer and he severed the family ties and the association of friends and made his journey in a wagon and located in eastern Ohio. Some of his brothers and father followed him to this place, after which he took his journey westward and located in Seneca County among the tribe of the Senecas who were the native inhabitants.  Here in the pioneer days of northern Ohio, John Royer was born March 20, 1831.  Here he grew to manhood under the conditions of pioneer life, felling the trees, spinning the flax, flaying the wheat and hauling it twenty miles to market. In the course and progress of time, as the great American desert was gradually transforming into the oasis of the west, this pioneer spirit began to manifest itself again and was the cause of his locating in this country.

Mr Royer, a man who paid special attention to the fundamental principles of life.  Farming was but a mere incident in his life.  The great problem of life of how to become the noblest character, and most useful citizen was what occupied his time, and to this end he sought to rear his children.  Believing in the fundamentals of education he sent each of his sons away to school at the age of eighteen years, six of whom spending some time at Heidelberg University at Tiffin, Ohio; two of whom graduated and one graduating from the theological seminary; three sons taking partial courses at Cooper Memorial, and one son graduating from the State Agricultural and from Ensworth Medical College of St Joseph, Mo.  Mr Royer, himself, was deprived of these educational advantages but sought to compensate for this loss by close application to study and reading and for thirty-five years did little else but occupy his time in this way, and his mind became a veritable storehouse of the memories of current events.

In 1851 he was united in marriage to Miss Barbara Bunn and to this union was born sixteen children, nine sons and seven daughters.  One of the older sons died at the age of four months, and the youngest daughter at the age of thirteen years.  For thirty-two years the death angel passed over the home where fifteen children were being reared and grew to maturity.  As a man he was all that fellowman could expect from his mortal brethern.  The only criticism of those who knew him best was, that he was too good for his own good.  His quiet, genial nature was always in evidence.  He was true to his religious convictions and firm in his belief yet always exercising charity towards all mankind.

In May 1890 he laid to rest his companion in life, after which he made his home with his daughter, Mrs. Feighner.  Lonely under these conditions, yet he bore his loss with fortitude and enjoyed life.  While his children are scattered from eastern Ohio to California, it is the consolation of each one that he paid them a personal visit before passing from this life.

On Sunday evening, January 19th, he retired as usual but was overcome by a slight stroke of paralysis from which he partially recovered, only to sink gradually until his release came on Monday evening, January 18th. He passed away as he had lived, very peacefully with a conscience void of offense and malice toward none.  The funeral services were held on Friday afternoon at the United Presbyterian church under the charge of Dr Strong and Rev Casselman of Wichita, Rev Casselman having been the family pastor for years, and officiating at the time of Mrs. Royer's death and at the daughter's death in 1892.  All of the children were present except one daughter and two sons.  He was carried to his final resting place by six of his sons.  Truly it may be said of him; "Blessed is the man whose God is the Lord, that he may come to his end in peace."


from The Bulletin Newspaper, Sterling, Kansas, p7, c7, (date?):

JACOB FREDERICK WOLESLAGEL         Old Resident Died Friday

was at one time in milling business here and also a farmer

J F Woleslagel was one of the older residents of this vicinity, he died Friday, February 27, 1920 at the home of his son E G Woleslagel, in Hutchinson.

Mr Woleslagel first came to Kansas in the year of 1878 and lived on a rented farm for a short time.  He then purchased what is known as the John Royer farm, now owned by E S Wilkey, just north of this city.  He lived on this farm for a number of years, after which he moved to this city and engaged in the milling business in partnership with George McAllister, operating the Keystone Mills for a number of years.  During these years, Mr Woleslagel was very active in the business interests of the community as well, for its well-being in other respects.  He was active in church work for years, and served the city as councilman for a number of terms.  He was a man of upright character and integrity, and in whatever capacity he acted, he was trusted implicitly.  On all questions of moral character he was on the right side.  He was a friend in whatever place he might have been placed.

J F Woleslagel was born in Seneca Co, Ohio on November 18, 1849.  He spent his childhood days on the farm with his parents until October 22, 1873, when he married Lydia Ann Royer.  After their marriage, they lived on a farm in Ohio, until the year 1878, when they came to Kansas.  For the most part this state has been his home.  Aside from his residence on a farm in the vicinity and in this city, he lived for a time on a farm in Barber county (KS), and since selling the farm in the year 1914, he has made his home with his children.

He is survived by his wife, three sons and one daughter, --- one daughter preceded him in death.  Those surviving are Jason L Woleslagel, of this city; Ernest G Woleslagel of Hutchinson; J Herbert Woleslagel of Richmond, Ohio; and Mrs. Nola Whitehill of Los Angeles, California; and two brothers: J H and C C Woleslagel, and one sister, Mrs. Matz all of Bellevue, Ohio; and by a host of warm friends.

Funeral services were held in this city Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 at the home of his son Jason L Woleslagel.  The services were in charge of Mr Avery of Hutchinson.  Music was furnished by a quartet composed of Marie Stewart, Ella Tippin, Harry Hanlon, and Mr McFarland of Cooper College. The floral offerings were very beautiful in keeping with the life of the deceased.

The pall bearers were H Swartz, E K Porter, John Belden, A H Jameson, M P Shaak, and H B Newman of Hutchinson.

The remains were laid to rest in Cottonwood Cemetery.  (Sterling, KS)


from The Bulletin, Sterling, Kansas, Thursday, Aug 15, 1935, p3 c5:


Lydia Ann, the daughter of John and Barbara Royer, was born in Sandusky Co, Ohio, on the 22nd day of March, 1855.  On Oct 2, 1873, she was united in marriage to Jacob F Woleslagel.

In 1878, they moved from Ohio to Sterling, Kansas making that their home until about 1911, when they removed to a ranch at Sun City, Kansas, living there until about 1914.  Since that time her home has been most of the time, with her son E G Woleslagel, of Hutchinson, Kansas.

Mrs. Woleslagel passed on, Wednesday morning, Aug 7, 1935, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Nola Whitehill, in San Francisco, California, where she was visiting.  Beside her daughter, three sons survive: J L Woleslagel, of Sterling; E G Woleslagel, of Hutchinson; J H Woleslagel of Richmond, Ohio; and 8 grandchildren.  Her husband having passed on about 15 years ago and an infant daughter passed on in 1880.  Mrs. Woleslagel is survived by 6 brothers; S V Royer of Houston, Texas; Dr B F Royer, of Los Angeles, California; I W Royer of Cuba, Missouri; Rev S I Royer, Vermillion, Ohio; C L Royer of St Joseph, Missouri; J M Royer, of Alden, Kansas; and three sisters: Mrs. John Rubert, Whiting, Kansas; Mrs. A A Stewart, Kansas City, Missouri; and Mrs. L D Shonyo, Los Angeles, California .

Mrs. Woleslagel endeavored to live the life of a Christian, seeking divine guidance in all things, daily reading the Bible and actively doing the work before her.  With such a character one can truly say, "O death where is thy sting, O grave where is thy victory?"  Her body was laid to rest in the Sterling Cemetery with a beautiful benediction given by Mrs. Ivy Wheaton, being the 20th verse of the 5th chapter of 1st John.  The pall bearers were: S P Nold, F D Coe, C H Scott, W S Kerr, J H Pargeter and G C Tipton.

{And we know the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ.  This is the true God, and eternal life.}


from Sterling Kansas Bulletin, Thursday, July 31, 1958:


Jason Leroy Woleslagel, longtime resident of Sterling, died on his 84th birthday anniversary in the Sterling hospital at 2 am Friday.  He had been ill the past three weeks.

Mr Woleslagel with the exception of a few years in Colorado, Topeka, and Lawrence, made his home in Sterling all his life.  He moved here in 1875, when he was one year old, with his parents.  Funeral services were held Sunday at 4 pm at the United Presbyterian Church, with Rev A L Spotts officiating.  Burial was in the Sterling Cemetery.

Casket bearers were:  Olen Laughlin, Frank Smisor, Edward Buehler, Merwin Jones, E I Maris, and Paul Nichol.  Edward Wellman was the soloist and Anita Sue Hobble was organist.


Jason Leroy Woleslagel, son of Jacob Frederick and Lydia Ann Royer Woleslagel, was born July 25, 1874 near Bellevue, Ohio.  When he was one year old his family moved to a homestead north of Sterling, then known as Peace.  He attended Sterling public schools, Sterling College and business college in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

After an apprenticeship in a St Joseph bank, he returned to Sterling and was employed by the First National Bank.  He was married to Edna Spencer in October 1904 and in 1911 moved to Montrose County, Colorado where he farmed until her death in April 1917.

He returned to Sterling and was employed with the Citizens State Bank in 1917 and later with the First National Bank, the Collingwood Grain Company, and as City Clerk.

He was married to Minnie Blanche Henry on May 8, 1919.

In more recent years he lived in Lawrence and Topeka, Kansas, retiring and returning to Sterling in October 1955.

He died July 25, 1958 after a three week illness and at the exact age of 84 years.  Mr Woleslagel served as an elder in the Olathe, Colorado United Presbyterian Church and was an active in church work.  He maintained an interest in Sterling College and in sports and other outdoor activities until his last illness.

Mr Woleslagel was preceeded in death by a son, Collins LeRoy, who died in infancy in 1906 and by a daughter, Helen, who died May 11, 1958.

He is survived by his wife Blanche, of the home, by a son, Francis Frederick of Lyons, and by a daughter, Doris Vorine Charter of Sterling and two granddaughters, Debra Vorine and Deanna Sue.


The Lyons Daily News, Lyons, Rice Co, Kansas, April 1928:

Nelly Fay Day was born near this city on August 15, 1885 and went to her heavenly home from San Fernando, California on April 12, 1928.

She grew to young womanhood, here and graduated from the Lyons high school in 1904.  Later she attended the College of Emporia, the State College of Boulder, Colorado and the University of Southern California. She was also a graduate of the Moody Bible Institute of Chicago, Illinois.  She taught in the public schools of this county and city for ten years.

For many years she gave her entire love and devotion to her parents and would not consider anything that would interfere with her care of them until after they had both passed into the life beyond.

On September 19, 1923 she was married to H L Shellenberger and in August of the following year, they moved to California making their home at Reseda since that time.

From her youngest girlhood she was a very sincere Christian and worker in the church.  She was baptized on June 10, 1888, when less than three years old by Rev Noah Asher and was received into full membership in the Methodist church here in Lyons, on October 3, 1897 by Rev T Hanna.  When just a young girl she began to teach in the Sunday school and kept it up most of her life.  She specialized in Junior League work and was for many years Superintendent of the Junior League of this church.

She was a beautiful and devoted Christian character, greatly loved by all who knew her.  Her friends were all who ever made her acquaintance. She leaves behind her in deep bereavement her husband, 3 sisters, 2 brothers and a little baby girl, Carol Fay, for whom she gave her life.

The funeral was held Wednesday, April 18, from the First Methodist church in Lyons and was conducted by the pastor, Rev J E Thackery, assisted by 2 former pastors, the Rev J F Irwin of Hutchinson, Kansas and Dr O L Sample of Medford, Oklahoma.

These pastors paid tributes to her beautiful Christian character and the unusual service she had rendered the church.

A double quartette furnished appropriate music and "Crossing the Bar" was effectively rendered by Mrs. Elsie Hartroft who sang the same solo at Mrs. Shellenberger's parents' funerals.  Mrs. Haven presided at the Methodist church organ.  The church was filled with relatives and friends from far and near who came to pay tribute to the departed.  These with the beautiful floral offerings showed the fine esteem in which she was held by the community.  Following were the pall bearers: Hal Alderman, Albert Reed, Ernest Reed, John Burger, and Forrest Ebright.  Honorary pall bearers: Maxine Nordstrom, Blanche Harris, Virginia Meyer, Eunice McPherson, Marie Miller and Virginia Hinshaw.

She was laid to rest by the side of her parents in Graceland cemetery.


newspaper obituary - The Sterling Bulletin, Sterling, Rice Co, Kansas Thursday May 3, 1917:

Allen Simmons

A well known resident of Alden died Thursday night at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Ira Wallace, in Alden.  His death was due to leakage of the heart, from which he had suffered for several months.  Mr Simmons was one of the pioneer residents of Rice County, having settled near Alden more than 40 years ago.  He came to Kansas from Indiana.

He was a devout Christian and was active in the work of the Wesleyan Church of which he was a member.  He is survived by his wife and eight children.

Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at the Evangelical church in Alden, and were conducted by Rev Hotchkiff of Miltonville, assisted by Rev Childs, pastor of the Alden church.  A large concourse of friends and relatives attended the services.  Burial was made in the Alden cemetery.


another obituary -

Allen Simmons was born in Lexington, Ohio, December 4, 1841.  Died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Ella Wallace, near Alden, Kansas, April 27, 1917 at the age of 75 years, 4 months, and 23 days.

When eight years old he moved with his parents to Indiana.  In 1865 he was united in marriage to Miss Hannah Kutcher.  To this union were born 10 children - four boys and six girls, all of whom survive him except two.

He was converted about eighteen years ago and united with the Wesleyan Methodist Church near Raymond, Kansas, as one of the charter members, and remained a faithful member until his death.  He leaves to mourn their loss, a loving wife, three sons, five daughters, twenty-seven grandchildren, three great grandchildren, one brother and four sisters and a host of friends.  The funeral service was held at Alden, Kansas, where a very large crowd of friends and relatives assembled to pay their last respects to the departed.

The service was conducted by Rev A B Hotchkiss, assisted by his pastor. The scriptures read were 1st Cor. 15:12-23 and 1st Thess. 4:13-18, Texts, Job 14:14 and John 5:25.

The body was laid to rest in the Alden cemetery where it awaits the resurrection of the just - Written by his pastor.


from The Hutchinson News, Hutchinson, Reno Co, Kansas Wednesday April 18, 1973:

Mrs. Ira Wallace

ALDEN - Mrs. Ella Wallace, 85, died Tuesday at her home here after a long illness.  Born September 16, 1887 at Raymond, she was married to Ira Wallace Feb 15, 1904 at Lyons.  He died January 20, 1955.

She was a member of the Wesley Methodist church.

Survivors include daughters: Mrs. Beulah Long, Alden; Mrs. Norman Salter, Alden; sons, Fred, Dighton; Marion, Alden; sister, Mrs. Maude Proffitt, Grand Prairie, Canada; seven grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren and one great great grandchild.

Funeral will be at 10:30 am Friday at the Alden Baptist Church; Rev Dale Gates.  Burial will be at the Alden and Valley Cemetery, Alden. Friends may call from 10 am Wednesday until 10 pm Thursday at the Porter and Sillin Funeral Home, Sterling.


The Lyons Daily News, Lyons, Rice Co, Kansas Tuesday May 14, 1918

Word has been received in the city of the sudden death of Mrs. Frank Hoover, who died last night at her home 10 miles southwest of Lyons.  The funeral services will be held Wednesday at 11 o'clock and burial will take place at Alden.

(Note: She was Samantha Simmons, daughter of Allen Simmons and Hannah Kutcher Simmons.)


newpaper clipping - Oct  1940


F M Hoover of Near Alden Had Been Living Alone On Farm

F M Hoover, about 80, was found dead in bed at 11:15 o'clock this morning at his home four miles south and five and three-fourths miles west of Lyons.

There was no evidence of foul play, according to Sheriff Claude Suttle, who, together with Justice Peace Harvey Rimmer and County Attorney R Y Jones, went to the scene in the absence of the county coroner.  The body was covered, as if the man had died in his sleep. There was a flashlight at the side of the bed.  Neighbors reported that the aged man was subject to heart attacks.

Hoover lived alone.  About a week ago, Mrs. E M Branaman, her son, daughter and a niece moved to another part of the house, from Sterling. This morning, they became alarmed when they did not see Hoover stirring about, and entered the room to find him dead.

The body was taken to a Sterling undertaking establishment at the request of Mr Hoover's wife, who lives in Sterling.

Sheriff Suttle understood that the farm on which Hoover lived belongs to a nephew.  However, Hoover owned a farm nearby.

clipping - Card of Thanks

We desire to express our thanks for flowers sent and kindnesses shown in our recent bereavement.  Mrs. Frank Hoover, John Hoover, Mrs. May Stewart, Mrs. Susie Caldwell,  Sgt M Gerald Myers, Kenneth W Myers, Mrs. and Mrs. N S Myers.


Lyons Daily News, Lyons, Rice Co, Kansas June 1906

James Job Smith was born in Cumberland county, Kentucky in 1812.  His childhood and youth was spent in the community and amid the scenes into which he was born; but in 1829, when he was 16 years old, he went with his parents to Morgan county, Illinois.  His parents were farmers and the young man entered enthusiastically into the work and privation of the new country and assisted in opening and improving the farm and building the new home.  His father, James Smith, was a local preacher in the Methodist Episcopal church and early stamped the impress of his faith and character upon the community in which he lived and upon his own home.  In this settlement Job found and married his wife when he was 22 years of age. The young lady, Miss Eva Miller, had come from Indiana and was the daughter of Henry Miller, one of the pioneers of the Hoosier state.

She knew what labor, sacrifice and privation was incident to frontier life.  So the two were eminently fitted to enter successfully into the joyous struggles of young married life in the untried and unopened wilderness of this new land.  For sixty-two years with increasing confidence and love, they shared together the joys and the sorrows, - the adversities and perplexities, of life until in 1896 - just ten years ago, at the age of 85 years, she died.  Seven children were born to them. Elizabeth, the first born, died at the age of eighteen, but the others, John Fletcher, Frank M, Isaac Newton, Elijah T, William Thomas and Mrs. Mary J Summers, still survive, and were each of them present at sometime during their father's illness.  The atmosphere of the home spoke the character of the parents who ruled it.  They were Methodists, they believed in God and in prayer and in holy consecrated living, and they taught these things to their children who grew up to be honored members of the church of their father and mother and to become respected and prosperous members of society.

Our brother Job was not a Christian at the time of his marriage, but soon afterwards, at a camp meeting he was wonderfully awakened and converted under the preaching of Peter Cartright and joined the Methodist church.

Seven years after his marriage, Job and his family came to Cass county, Illinois where he opened a farm and with his neighbors, built a Methodist church and called it Ebenezer.  Then in 1873 he came to Kansas and settled in Lincoln township, Rice county, where he again opened up a new farm and with his neighbors built another church and called it Ebenezer. In the journeying of this Saint we are reminded of the wanderings of the Old Patriarch who built altars in the plain and called upon the name of the Lord, or of the Prophet Samuel, who to mark his deliverance from the Philistines took a stone and set it up for a memorial unto the Lord and called it Ebenezer, saying, "Hitherto hath the Lord helped us."

He was physically strong and vigorous until his fortieth year, when he was compelled to withdraw from all severe manual toil, but he never broke down in his religious duties or services.  His Master's Service was the dominant chord in his life.  No protracted meeting was ever held in his charge that he was not with his pastor when it began and with him in all its labors of faith and love, and with him to shout its victories at the close.  He was known by everybody and believed in by everybody.  His presence was a benediction and not infrequently his power in prayer or testimony marked the descent of the Holy Spirit and the baptism of the Divine power.  He didn't know a note in the science of music but he was a leader in song.  He knew the hymns of the church by heart as our fathers did, and sang them entire without book or instrument with an enthusiasm that united the congregation.  It is said of him that he sang scores of men and women out of the darkness of sin's despair into the light of faith and heaven.  He was full of scripture; touch him at any point and he would pour forth a stream of the promises of God, as the Rock of He__ smitten by the Rod of Moses, poured forth sweet water to the thirsty people.  He was apt at illustration and could relate an incident or tell a story to unfold a truth, or carry the thought he would impart. This made him a valuable helper in the social and religious life of his community and gave him access to minds which were closed to others.  The impress of his life is upon the people of the whole country, and in fields and institutions where one would think the touch of an _______ man could not come, it is found.  His children rise up and call him blessed and the whole people bring their tributes of love.  His health had been fairly good until he broke down 12 weeks ago.  All his faculties, his sight, his memory, and he had free grasp of his mentality even through the greater part of his illness; he was able to enter into the ministrary of his surroundings and the general interests of the community.  Like a shock of corn fully ripe he descended before the Reaper, at once, satisfied, sustained and comforted.  His trust in God never failed and God did not disappoint him.  We go to lay his ashes away by the side of his companion, that together sleeping they may await the Resurrection, in the vicinity and almost in the shadow of one of the "Ebenezer's."


rom:  The Lyons Daily News, Lyons, Rice Co, Kansas, Tuesday July 5, 19 88:

Guy E Case

The Reverend Grant Davis conducted services for lifetime Little River resident, Guy E Case, today in the United Methodist Church in Little River.  Burial was in Bean Cemetery.

The retired feed mill operator for Burke Grain Co died Saturday in the Hutchinson Hospital at the age of 87.

Born March 3, 1901, in Little River, he married Edna Golladay on July 29, 1922 in McPherson.

He was a member of the United Methodist Church of Little River.

Survivors are his wife; and a brother, Harold, and a sister, Ruth, both of Santa Maria, California.


newspaper obituary:  The Monitor?, Little River, Rice Co, KS -

Elvira A Smith, widow of J N Wood who passed away at Little River nearly 25 years ago, was born at Jacksonville, Illinois, July 16, 1839, and went to her eternal reward Friday, February 20, 1920, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. J M French, at Hoisington, Kansas, being 80 years, 8 months and 4 days of age at the time of her departure.  She was married to John Nelson Wood in 1857 (11 Feb 1858 Menard Co, IL).  To them four daughters and two sons were given: Mrs. Kate Sloan of Great Bend, Kansas; Rev Eli T Wood, who passed away in the middle of a fruitful ministry in Missouri a number of years ago; Mrs. Mary Fail of Little River, Kansas; J W Wood of Winfield, Kansas; Mrs. Mattie French of Hoisington, Kansas; and Mrs. Lulu Case of Little River, Kansas.  Besides these she leaves a brother, E T Smith, and a sister, Mrs. Rebecca Tippett, both of Bethany, Missouri; 26 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren.  Her daughters and remaining son were all with her in her last illness.  After a few years in Menard Co, Illinois, the family moved to Harrison Co, Missouri.  They then went to Nebraska where they spent six years, when again they went to Missouri, and in 1884 they came to Kansas.  After the death of her husband, Mrs. Wood lived until 1907 in Little River, but has for the most part of the time made her home since with her daughter, Mrs. J M French, at Hoisington.  Mrs. Wood was converted in early womanhood and united with the Methodist church of which she has been a faithful and devoted member for more than sixty years.  Her chief joys were in her religion, and after these, in the mutual love of her children and their kindly and affectionate families.  She retained her faculties well and was acutely sick but a few days.  On Thursday morning last, after a stroke the day before, her fondly watching daughter saw a rare beautiful and bright smile come over her face, and she looked up, and seemed to be seeing some of her "loved and lost awhile" dear ones.  She was more than thirty years a subscriber to the Central Christian Advocate, in which she took great delight.  For many years, until her eyesight had failed her somewhat, she found pleasure in reading the Bible.  In her late years she often asked her grandchildren to sing one of the hymns used in her funeral service, "Tis So Sweet To Trust In Jesus."  Hers was just such a simple and trusting faith as we find expressed in these verses.  She leaves a rich heritage to her children, of a living faith in Christ, and a fond and dear and unselfish affection for her own, while those outside this circle who knew her in these fine qualities, are very many indeed.  Funeral services were held in the Methodist church in Little River at 11:30 am Sunday morning.  The sermon was preached by her pastor of about thirty years, the Rev W J Barron, pastor of the Methodist Church at Bushton.  He was assisted in the services by Rev Albert E Ayers.  Her grandsons were pallbearers.  Internment in Bean Cemetery. 


from newspaper clipping, The Little River Monitor, Little River, Rice Co, Kansas, Feb 1925:


KATHERINE ELIZABETH WOOD was born in Menard, Randolph county [Menard Co], Illinois, February 4, 1859, and died February 12, 1925, at the home of her son, Charles T Sloan (with whom she visited the last four weeks of her life) northwest of Lyons, Rice county, Kansas, aged 66 years and 8 days.

She was united in marriage to Jacob Sloan September 18, 1874, in the state of Nebraska.  To this union were born 12 children, five of whom preceded their mother to the world beyond, and seven are still living - John W Sloan of Clifton, Colorado, who was unable to be at the funeral; James R Sloan, Jesse E Sloan, Elsie L Goodman, Frank M Sloan and Chester L Sloan, of Great Bend, Kansas.  Besides the children, she leaves to mourn her death twelve grandchildren, and three sisters and one brother - Mrs. Mary Fail and Mrs. Lulu Case of Little River, Kansas; Mrs. Martha French of Hoisington, Kansas, and William Wood of Burden, Kansas.  She was the oldest of six children, her brother, the Rev Levi Wood, having died twelve years ago.  She was left a widow fifteen years ago last May when her husband died suddenly from heart failure.

Mrs. Sloan came from a religious family who had the rare privilege of hearing the noted Rev Peter Cartwright of Camp meeting fame.  They often went to hear him preach, and Mrs. Sloan was baptized in infancy by this man of God.  She was converted at the early age of twelve years and united with the Methodist Episcopal church and lived a faithful and consistent Christian life.  Years ago, when automobiles were unknown, she and her husband and family would go seven miles to Odessa [Rice Co, KS] to Sunday School in the wagon, and later in a carriage where her brother, William Wood, was Sunday School superintendent and class leader.  She was always a faithful attendant to her church and often went when pain and sickness that she suffered with, would have kept many a less ardent soul at home.  She loved the services and found help and comfort in attendance.

Mrs. Sloan was a member of the Rebekah Lodge for thirty five years, her membership being in Great Bend [Barton Co, KS], where she had transferred from Liberty Rebekah Lodge of Little River [Rice Co, KS], of which she was a charter member.  She transferred her church membership to Great Bend when she went to make her home in that city.

To her the struggle and burden bearing of earth are ended.  But today she is at home in the Celestial City with the vast throng of loved ones, missed from earth, safe around her.  Her love for family and home were one of her strong characteristics.  Her affection for friends and kindred was tender and abiding.  She was a kind neighbor, a devoted mother, and a true friend, and withal, a woman of heroic mould, bravely meeting the stern requirements of the pioneer days of Rice County.

Funeral services were conducted from the Methodist Church in Little River at 2:30 Sunday afternoon by Rev Chester Miles of Geneseo, assisted by Rev E L Nicholson.  The Rebekah ritualistic burial _____ was performed at ____________ by Liberty Lodge No 174.  The body was laid to rest in the family lot in Forest Home cemetery.


Jess Sloan, well known here, died in Great Bend, Kans., at an early hour Sunday, September 24, 1933, at the age of 52 years.  Funeral services were held in Great Bend Monday and the body was laid to rest in Forest Home cemetery, northwest of Little River, by the side of his parents . He is survived by one sister and three brothers.


from the Hoisington (Barton Co, Kansas) Dispatch, June 16, 1904:

Mrs. Fail Dead

Mrs. Mary O Fail, wife of I W Fail, died at the age of 64 years Sunday morning (June 12) at 9 o'clock at her home 13 miles northwest of town . She has been sick for some time with consumption and her death was expected.

She leaves a husband and several children.  She was the mother of Mrs. W E Hollar.  The remains were shipped to Crawford, Kansas for interment Monday morning. 

Another for MARY (SMITH) FAIL

from Little River Monitor, Little River, Rice Co, Kansas June 16, 1904:

Mrs. Fail, wife of Ira Webster Fail, died at her home near Hoisington, Barton county, Kansas, Sunday, June 12, 1904.  She was an aged lady and had been failing in health for some time.  The remains were brought to Rice county and interred in the Forest Home cemetery, near her former home.  The family moved to Barton county two years ago.  The bereaved husband and family have the sympathy of many Rice county friends.


from Little River Monitor, Little River, Rice Co, Kansas January 30, 19 19:

IRA WEBSTER FAIL was born in McLean county, Illinois, July 5, 1886, and died at the home of his son, Ira, in Hodgeman county, Kansas, January 21, 1919, at the age of 82 years, 6 months and 16 days.

With his parents he moved to Macon county, Missouri, where he was united in marriage to Adelaide Campbell in 1857.  To them were born seven children, six of whom are still living, the youngest, Mrs. Effie Forney, having died in 1907.  Those living are: Mrs. Frances Kenyon of Crawford, Kans; Isaac Fail of Geneseo, Kans; John L Fail of Little River, Kans; Mrs. Electa Crane of Wichita, Kans; William B Fail of Little River, Kans; and Mrs. Lizzie Kenyon of Grant's Pass, Oregon.  The mother of the children just mentioned died in Missouri in 1878.

In December, 1874, he was married to Mrs. Mary Bradshaw at Bethany, Mo. To them one son was born, Ira E.  The family moved from Missouri to Rice county, Kans, in February 1884.  He later moved to Barton county, Kans, where his wife died June 12, 1904.  With his son Ira and family he moved to Hodgeman county, Kans, where he lived until the time of his death.

Several years ago he united with the Universalist Church, of which church he was a member at the time of his death.  He was a generous, kind-hearted man, who had a smile and cheery word for everyone.  He joined the Odd Fellows more than fifty years ago, and was a member of Victoria L odge, No 212, at Little River, when he died.

Besides the children mentioned in this sketch he leaves to mourn his departure two sisters, Mrs. Mary Selby of Gilman, Mo, and Mrs. Jane Brown of near Pittsburg, Kans.  He also leaves forty-two grandchildren, thirty-four great grandchildren and a wide circle of friends and acquaintances.

His body was brought back to his old home near Crawford, Kans, and laid to rest beside his wife, daughter and mother.  In the presence of a large congregation the Rev George Watts, of Little River, conducted the funeral serivices Thursday afternoon, January 28, at Forest Home school house. Burial was at Forest Home cemetery.  Six Odd Fellows acted as pall bearers.


from The Hutchinson News, Hutchinson, Reno Co, Kansas Friday, July 19, 1968:

John Mac Frederick

STERLING - John Mac Frederick, 78, died Thursday night at the Sterling Community Hospital after a lengthy illness. Born Feb 19, 1890 at Alden, he married Nona Bressler Dec 31, 1910, at Alden. She died on Aug 12, 1959. He was a retired farmer. He had been a Rice County Commissioner for 16 years and a former city councilman and mayor of Sterling.

His is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Loran Gray, Salina; sons, Carl, Sterling; Dr Mac, Hugoton; Fred, Colorado Springs, Colorado; Norman, Wichita; brothers, Walter, Sterling; Guy and Homer, Alden; 14 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren.

The funeral will be at 3 pm Saturday at the church; Rev Phil Chastain. The burial will be at the Sterling Community Cemetery with Masonic Graveside rites by the Sterling Lodge 171. Friends may call after 4 pm, Friday, Porter & Sillin Funeral Home, Sterling.


From The Hutchinson News, Hutchinson, Reno Co, Kansas, Thursday, Aug 13, 1959:

Mrs. J M Frederick

STERLING - Mrs. Nona Frederick, 69, died Wednesday night at Sterling Hospital here. She had been in ill health for some time.

She was born at Alden, Dec 31, 1890, and had lived in the Sterling community since her birth.

Funeral will be at 2:30 pm Friday at the Sterling Methodist Church, Rev Paul Mundell officiating.

Mary (Hile) Kline

The Sterling Kansas Bulletin, "The Old Home Paper", Sterling, Rice Co., KS; Friday June 29, 1900; Vol. XXIV, No. 26; Pg 13

Mary A. Kline, nee Hile, was born in McCuenville, Pa., October 13, 1835, and died of interstitial nephritis at her home near Chase, Kans., June 19, 1900, aged 64-years 8 months and 6 days. She was united in marriage to J.W. Kline July 4th, 1855. The union was blessed with nine children; four sons and five daughters, three preceding their mother in death. She leaves a husband, two sons, four daughters, fifteen grandchildren, one brother, three sisters and many friends.

Mother Kline was converted to God in December, 1854, near Three Rivers, Mich., under the labors of Rev. F.M. Young. At this time she united with the Evangelical association, of which she remained a faithful and exemplary member until death. Mother Kline moved to Kansas with her husband and children from Michigan in the spring of 1878, being here 22 years last March. She died happy in Jesus, saying just a short time before passing away, "I see an Angel". The funeral services were conducted by her pastor, S.A. Burgert in the Evangelical church at Alden, June 21st, in the presence of husband, children, grandchildren and a large concourse of friends, the text being Rev. 14-13. She was laid to rest in Alden cemetery to await the resurrection morning.

She has been a dear, loving wife, kind and affectionate mother, and a much esteemed neighbor. She shared the joys and sorrows of all she came in contact with. She was much interested in the cause of her dear Lord and Saviour. The burdens of life she bore with Christian fortitude and resignation. Now she sweetly sleeps in Jesus.

Rebecca F. (Stout) Edmunson lost her life in a gun accident.

Researched & found by: Virginia Stout
From the Sterling, Kansas Bulletin Vol. XI, No. 46

Thursday 22 Mar 1888

Ernest Edmunson who lives in the vicinity of Alden, KS, accidentally shot his wife, Friday morning with a Winchester rifle.  He was downstairs loading the gun with shells, while his wife was in a room on the upper floor.  One of the shells went in a little too tight, he thought, and in fingering the hammer to drive it in gradually, it accidentally slipped, and the cartridge was discharged, plowing its way through the ceiling, and striking his wife near the temple, killing her almost instantly.   The sad accident has thrown a gloom over the entire neighborhood in which it occurred.  Mrs. Edmunson was the daughter of William Stout who passed on last summer. William Jonathan was the husband of Cese (Moore), Ernest and Rebecca lost their only daughter last fall.

Obituary from The Sterling Kansas Bulletin, Sterling, Kansas, Thursday July 11, 1918, Page 4
(Submitted by Robert Richardson)

Died of Hemorrhage of the Brain

Death came with shocking suddenness to Mrs. Mary Jane CAMPBELL, the mother of Mrs. A. O. CRAWFORD at the home of Mrs. CRAWFORD on Fifth street Wednesday evening, July 3.  Mrs. CAMPBELL had just finished her supper and had walked from the dining room to the front hall intending to go out onto the porch, when she was stricken with hemorrhage of the brain.  When she was seized with the attack she sat down on the lower step of the stairs and a moment later when members of the family heard her fall and rushed to her side they found her lying dead on the floor.  A doctor was immediately called and everything possible was done to revive her but death had been almost instantaneous.  She had apparently been in her usual health and her sudden death came as a sad shock to her family and friends.  Mrs. Campbell had made her home in this city with her daughter Mrs. CRAWFORD, since last November.
  Mrs. CAMPBELL was born in South Carolina, in 1837, and was aged eighty one years, ten months and one day at the time of her death.  She came with her husband to Kansas more than forty years ago and was one of the pioneer residents of the state.  For many years the couple made their home at Newton, where the death of Mr. CAMPBELL occurred about two and one half years ago.  Since his death Mrs. CAMPBELL had made her home with her daughter in Newton and with Mrs. CRAWFORD.  She is survived by four children, Mrs M. J. ALLPHIN, of Hutchinson, Mrs. Frank ALLPHIN, of Anadarco, Okla., Mrs. I. T. Richardson of Newton, and Mrs. CRAWFORD of this city.  The body was taken to Newton Thursday morning.  Funeral services were held there Friday and burial was made in the Newton cemetery by the grave of Mrs. CAMPBELL's husband.

Born Mary Jane MINTER, daughter of John T MINTER, wife of Francis B CAMPBELL


Jay L. Ipson, 72, died Dec. 9, 2006, at Hospice House, Hutchinson.

He was born April 20, 1934, in Dodge City, the son of Ralph L. and Alice Garton Ipson. He graduated in 1952 from Alden High School. A longtime Hutchinson resident, he retired from his position as receiving manager for Sears.

He belonged to the First Baptist Church, Hutchinson.

On Sept. 21, 1963, he married Shirley A. Biggs. She died Jan. 31, 2005.

Survivors include: a sister, Sharon Powell and her husband, Stewart, Coronado, Calif.; a brother-in-law, Clarence Biggs and wife, Carol, Seattle, Wash.; a sister-in-law, Phyllis Krehbiel, Hutchinson; and several nephews and nieces.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Kay and Larry.

Graveside service will be at 11:30 p.m. Thursday in Penwell Gabel Cemetery and Mausoleum, Hutchinson, with Pastor Gary Salmans presiding. Memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church, Hutchinson. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at Elliott Mortuary, Hutchinson.

Memorials may be sent to Hospice of Reno County or First Baptist Church, both in care of the mortuary.

Obituary of Francis A. McAnarney (Western Spirit, Paola, Ks., (Probable) Mar 21 1952

Frank A. McAnarney, 79, recently of Paola, died in his sleep at his home in Chase, Kans. He was well-known over the county. Mr. and Mrs. McAnarney moved to Paola 41 years ago. Mr. McAnarney was a telegraph operator at the Missouri Pacific station, along with O.C. Peterson of Paola and the late Porter Graham, while the late James Neylon was agent. Afterwards he was operator at several Missouri Pacific stations, returning to Paola to enter the insurance business.

About a year ago, Mr. and Mrs. McAnarney moved to Chase where they owned property. In Paola, Mr. McAnarney took an active interest in public affairs. During campaigns and when other issues were being discussed, he made frequent speeches from the band stand before interested crowds in Park Square.

He is survived by his widow and three sons, Bernard, Joseph and Basil, Also six grandchildren.

Funeral service was at the Catholic church in Chase Monday morning at 9 o'clock and burial was in the Catholic cemetery there.


Obituary of Francis A. McAnarney - publication name and date unknown but probably a Rice Co. newspaper (d.o.d. 14 Mar 1952)

Francis A. McAnarney, former real estate and insurance agent of Paola, passed away in his sleep sometime early Friday morning in his home in Chase, Kansas. He was 80 years old.

Son of James and Margaret Murphy McAnarney, he was born July 10, 1871 in Zanesville, now Raymond, Illinois. The family came to Kansas in 1879 and located in northeast Rice county where Mr. McAnarney grew to manhood.

On November 26, 1902, his marriage to Mary L. Robinson took place at Chase, Kansas. He was employed in railroad work until 1920 when he established a real estate and insurance business in Paola. He sold his Paola business to J. H. Bardsley in 1948 and returned to Chase in September, 1950.

The funeral Services were held at 9:30 Monday morning at St. Mary's Catholic church at Chase and interment was in the St. Mary's cemetery there.

Surviving are the wife of the home, three sons, Bernard A. McAnarney of Kansas City, MO., SFC Basil F. McAnarney, stationed at Beale Air Force Base, Calif., and Joseph V. McAnarney of Dayton, Ohio, all present for the funeral and 6 grandchildren.

Obituary of Mary Louise McAnarney (dod 19 Dec 1958, probably in the Miami County Republican)

Word has been received by Paola friends of the death of Mrs. F. A. McAnarney formerly of Paola, in Chase, on December 19. Burial was at Chase on the 26th, delayed awaiting the arrival of a son Basil, who is in military service in Okinawa. Mrs. McAnarney is survived by another son, Joe, who lives in Elmhurst, Ill., and five grandchildren. One grandson, Glenn McAnarney, lives in Osawatomie. Mr. McAnarney and a son, Bernard, preceded her in death.

Mrs. and Mrs. McAnarney lived in Paola many years before moving to Chase, where Mr. McAnarney died shortly after the move.

Mr. and Mrs. Joe McAnarney and son, Joe Ed, who attended the last rites, stopped in Paola on the way to Chase and on the return to visit Mr.(s) McAnarney's parents, Mr. and Mrs. E. E. Bellman.

Submitted by Glenn McAnarney


Pioneer of Rice County Passes to Great Beyond

rachel ann frye was born August 25, 1850, near Win­chester, Virginia, and departed this life August 16, 1928; age 77 years, 11 months and 22 days.

She was united in marriage to Nathan C. Bean December 16, 1869. To this union twelve children were born, of whom ten are still living. Leah Elma died in infancy and Mrs. Mamie Birch died March 3, 1926. Mr. Bean died April 14, 1888. They came to Kansas in January, 1871, stopping in Salina for a few months and then settling on a farm near Lindsborg. Later, in 1872, they took up a homestead in Rice county, southeast of Lit­tle River, where Mrs. Bean made her homo until the time of her death.

Having lived in Rice county more than half a century, Mrs. Bean came up through the hard­ships of the pioneer life, and especially was it hard for her after her husband was taken and she was left with eleven children to provide for and a mortgage to pay off on their farm. She toiled and labored from early morning until late at night and, with wise management and what help the children could give, she soon had the farm free from debt.

She was a member of the Lutheran Church while in Vir­ginia, then coming to Kansas she united with the Methodist Church at Windom, where she held her membership until 1913, at which time she transferred her membership to the Nazarene Church and was a faithful mem­ber at the time of her departure.

"Mother" Bean, as she was called by old friends and neigh­bors, lived a conscientious Chris­tian life and was loved by all who knew her. She was always ready to help any one in need— truly may it be said "she lived for others." She was a patient sufferer; confined to her bed since April, not a word of complaint did she make, but always had a smile for all who came, and said many times she was ready to go and really wanted to be in that land where is no tears or sorrows, no pain nor death. She was an unselfish and devoted mother and took great pleasure in keeping up the home for her children, always thinking of their interests. As she was nearing the end of life she spoke of how the Lord had been with her and had been so good to her. Just before her departure she told her daughter Lottie, who nursed her through her sickness, "Oh, it is blessed to die in the Lord."

All of her children and her sister, Mrs. Fannie Neville, were with her during her last hours. She was conscious until the last and talked freely about her funeral arrangements and request­ed that her six boys act as pall bearers.

She is survived by her ten children, six sons and four daugh­ters—Mrs. Mattie B. Christmore, Edna, Kans.; J. E. Bean, McPherson, Kans.; J. W. Bean, Dodge City, Kans.; N. B. Bean, Little River, Kans.: Rev. Asa R. Bean, Beatrice, Nebr.; Luther A. Bean, Hutchinson, Kans.; Mrs. Ethel Heckethorn, Little River, Kans.; Lottie, Branson and Ruth who have made their home with their mother the last few years. She also raised from childhood one grandson, Lester Bean. Besides the children, she leaves to mourn her depart­ure twenty-three grandchildren,, and eleven great grandchildren, three sisters—Mrs. Fannie Ne­ville of Edna,- Kans.; Mrs. Ida Good and Mrs. Edith Snapp of Winchester, Va., and three broth­ers—William Frye of Ohio, and Hite Frye and Archie Frye of Virginia.

Another hand is beckoning us,
Another call is given,
And glows once more with Angel's steps,
The path that reaches heaven.

Funeral services worn con­ducted from the Nazarene church in Windom at 2:45 Sunday after­noon by the Rev. A. F. Balsmeir of Hutchinson, assisted by Rev. E. W. Kimel of Sylvia. Six sons were pall bearers. The body was laid to rest in Bean cemetery at Little River. 

Card of Thanks

We wish to express our sin­cere thanks to our friends and neighbors and all who assisted in any way for their kindness and sympathy extended to us in our bereavement—the death of our dear mother, grandmother and sister. We are also thankful for the beautiful floral offerings. —The Bean Children, Grand­children and Fannie Neville.

Submitted by Dick Rush

ROBINSON, Joseph Franklin12 Mary 1957 publication unk - probably Chase Index

Joseph Robinson, 83, died at 12:20 A.M. (March 15 at the Good Samaritan Home in Ellsworth) after an illness of one year. Previous to entering the home, he had made his home with his daughter Mrs. Eugene Link.

He was born May 23, 1874 at Sandusky, Ohio. He was a member of St. Mary Catholic church here.

His wife and four sons preceded him in death.

Funeral services were held at 10 A.M. Monday in St. Mary Catholic church. Reverend Paul Meier officiated at the Requiem High Mass and the burial in St. Mary cemetery. Recitation of the Rosary was held Sunday evening in the Crawford-Miller mortuary in Lyons with Rev. Paul Meier in charge.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Eugene Link, Chase and Mrs. John Weilert, Humboldt; two sisters, Mrs. Mary McAnarney, Kansas City, Missouri and Mrs. Jim Sinnott, Chase; one brother, John Robinson, Ellinwood and ten grandchildren.

Out of town relatives and friends attending the Joseph Robinson funeral were: Dr. and Mrs. John Weilert and family of Humboldt; Mr. and Mrs. Claude Romine and Mrs. Elizabeth Avery of Dodge City; Mrs. Joe Wille and Mrs. Clinton Trego of Little River; Mr. and Mrs. Joe Sinnott of Wichita; Mr. and Mrs. Russell Robinson, Hutchinson; Mr. and Mrs. Louis Herter and family, Mrs Keneth Blevins and family, and John robinson of Ellinwood; Mrs. Jane Johanning of Nickerson; Mrs. Richard Mckinnis, Mrs. Archie Marteney, and Mrs. Paul McKinnis and John Godfrey.

Submitted by Glenn McAnarney

SINNOTT, James Lawrence Chase Index  13 Dec 1973

James Lawrence Sinnott died Saturday at the Lyons Hospital at the age of 96.

Rosary was said at 7:30 Monday night at the St. Mary's Church. Funeral mass was offered by Msgr. George Schmidt at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the St. Mary's Church in Chase. Father Arthur A. Busch of St. Peter Parish, Schulte, assisted.

Mr. Sinnott was born December 18, 1876. He was one of six children born to Mary Walsh and Matthew Sinnott on a farm near Waubeka, Wisconsin. In 1878, the Sinnott family moved to a farm in a French-Canadian Community near Clyde, Kansas. In February 1902, Jim came to Chase to operate a cream station. He married Ann Matilda Robinson on August 16, 1904. He farmed for many years near Chase and was an active member of the community. In 1967, he was awarded a 50 - year plaque by the Chase Co-Op.

The survivors include four daughters; Sister Margaret Ann of Kyoto, Japan; Mrs. Catherine Yowell, Anaheim, Calif; Mrs. Louise Johnson of Bellaire, Texas; and Mrs. Rita Overby, Blackwell, OK; two sons: Joseph and Paul of Wichita and foster daughter, Mrs. Margaret Duncan of Cimarron.

His widow, Matilda and two daughters, Mrs. Mildred Herter and Mrs. Magdalene Blevins, preceded him in death.

He also leaves 44 grandchildren and 38 great grand children.

Burial was in the St. Mary's Cemetery with Kimple Funeral Home in charge.

Submitted by Glenn McAnarney 



Unknown. Obituary of Matilda Robinton Sinnott Dec 13, 1962. Probably the Chase Index, Dec 13, 1962.

Actual text

Mrs. Matilda Sinnott died suddenly at her home in Chase, Kansas on Monday, December 10 at the age of 81.

Solemn Requiem Mass was offered by Father Michael Blackledge, assisted by Father Arthur Busch of Colwich as Deacon and Father Donald Fiedler of Great Bend as Sub-deacon. Father Busch also delivered the funeral sermon. Burial was in St. Mary's Cemetery at Chase Thursday morning.

Matilda Robinson, daughter of Joe and Mary Robinson, was born at Chase September 3, 1881 and had lived in the community all her life. She married James L. Sinnott in the old St. Mary's Church on August 16, 1904. Their children included Sister Mary Herbert C.S. J. of the Sisters of St. Joseph in Wichita, who has been in Japan for several years. Other children are Joe L. and Paul both of Wichita, Mrs. Catherine Yowell of Compton, California, Mrs. Louise Johnson of Bellaire, Texas and Mrs. Margaret Duncan of Great Bend. Two daughters, Madeline Blevins and Mildred Herter, preceded her in death. One brother, John Robinson of Great Bend also survives.

Mrs. Sinnott was active in the Altar Society until the time of her death. She and her husband were daily Communicants. She had been at Mass and received Holy Communion a few hours before her death.

Submitted by Glenn McAnarney

LINK, Henry T.


Lyons Daily News. Lyons, Kansas, 29 Mar 1968

Actual text

Henry T. Link of Chase, 94, died last night at the Kansas Medical Center in Great Bend after a three-week illness. Born December 20, 1874, at Sandusky, Ohio, he married Anna Robinson, September 28, 1893 at Chase. She died in 1954. A retired farmer, he came to Rice County when he was 8 years old. He was a member of the St. Mary's Catholic church of Chase and a former director of the Chase State Bank.

Survivors include four sons, Lawrence, martin, and Robert all of chase and Myron of Jacksonville, Florida; Four daughters, Mrs. A. M. Revel of Hutchinson, Mrs. Alvin Robl, Mrs. Melva Spani and Mrs. Robert Spangler, all of Chase; 26 grandchildren and 45 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at the St. Mary's Catholic church in Chase Monday at 10 a.m. with Fr. Theo Van Tilbeurgh officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

The body will be in state at the Kimple funeral home in Ellinwood. Rosary will be 8 o'clock Sunday evening at the funeral home.

Submitted by Glenn McAnarney

LINK, Anna Elizabeth (Robinson)

Lyons Daily News 30 May 1954

Anna Elizabeth Robinson was born December 17, 1877 in Erie county, Ohio, and passed away in St. Elizabeth's hospital, Hutchinson, May 30, 1954 at the age of 76 years, five months and 13 days. In her childhood years she moved with her parents to Kansas.

On September 28, 1897 at Chase, Kansas she was united in marriage to Henry Thomas Link. She had lived on a farm near Chase most of her life. To this union nine children were born: Lawrence, Agnes, Irene, Martin, Melda, Anthony, Myron, Robert and Roberta. One son, Anthony, and four grandchildren preceded her in death.

She leaves to cherish her memory, her husband Henry, of the home; her sons and daughters; 26 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren; four sisters and a host of relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held at St. Mary's Catholic church in Chase, Kansas Wednesday, Jun 2 at 9 a.m. with Rev. Paul Meier conducting the services. The body was laid to rest in St. Mary's cemetery.

Submitted by Glenn McAnarney

Here is an obituary of Mary QUEER BROOKS SKILES.  She was my great grandmother.  It was printed in the Lyons Daily News August 16, 1919.  Also, included is a card of thanks published by Lyons Republican August 22, 1919.  Mary's daughter, Elizabeth, was married first to Benjamin E. Mendenhall.  Also, Mary had a second daughter, Ellen BROOKS, who is not mentioned and would have been 50 years old.  Ellen lived to adulthood but is presently lost from the records after 1880 and may have predeceased her mother.  Mary was born May 17, 1831 in Brothers Valley, Somerset County, PA. and married first to Samuel BROOKS who died about 1869.  She married second to Harmon SKILES abt. 1874 in PA.  She came to Rice County abt. 1886 from Nebraska with Harmon who died in 1897.  I hope to find descendants of Ellen.

"Mrs. Mary Skiles, known to her many friends as aunt Mary, died Friday morning at the county farm at five o'clock from the effects of cancer of the stomach.

She came to Frederick three years ago to be taken care of during her old age, and though eighty eight years old at the time of her death was a bright spot in her life of her closely associated friends with her every ready smile and cheery word.

A daughter, Mrs. Elizabeth Whetstone of Centra(l) [sic] City, Nebraska and a son, Jacob Brooks, of Brucestone (Bruceton) Mill(s) [sic], West Viriginia, have arrived to attend the funeral which will be held at the Frederick M. E. church, Sunday afternoon at three o'clock, burial in the Frederick cemetery.  Two other sons, Edward Brooks, of Astoria, Ill., and William Brooks, of Summerset (Somerset) [sic], Pa., find it impossible to attend the funeral."


"We feel truly and sincerely thankful to the people of Lyons and vicinity and especially Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Hurt for their great kindness and sympathy shown toward us during the illness and death and burial of our dear mother.  And also to those who contributed the beautiful flowers.--Jacob Brooks, Mrs. Elizabeth Whetstone and daughter."

Submitted by Gerald V. Mendenhall

ROBINSON, Joseph Francis,  24 Jun 1846 - 4 Apr 1929
Chase Register" 11 Apr 1929


A Paragon of Industry He Continued his Toil Till Stricken fifteen Months Ago,

Uncle Joe Robinson is dead.

The familiar sight of the aged toiler on the street going to his work, will no more be seen.

Uncle Joe entered upon his eternal rest April 4, and his body was entombed in St. Mary's cemetery Saturday forenoon.

Uncle Joe was a wonderful worker. Though 82 years, 10 months and 20 days of age on his last day on earth, he continued working almost to the end. He had a marvelous record as a harvest "hand." Until about 4 years ago, he worked in the harvest field every year. About four years ago his friends weaned him away from the harvest by finding for him a harder and longer job of carpentry in Northwestern Kansas.

JOSEPH FRANCIS ROBINSON, Sr. was born Jun 24 1846, on a farm near Castalia, Ohio, where he lived and grew to manhood.

On February 8, 1869, he was united in marriage to Mary Ann Winn, and lived near the old home place until the summer of 1877 when he and his brother Thomas came to Kansas and homesteaded on a place two miles from what is now the town of Chase. In February, 1878, he moved the family to the new home, where he dwelt almost continuously until 1890, when he moved to town, living there until death called him on April 4, 1929.

Funeral services were held by Rev. Father Mages at St. Marys Catholic church Saturday, April 6, at 10 o'clock. He was laid to rest in St. Marys cemetery.

Mr Robinson was a farmer in his early days, but after moving to Chase he followed the carpenter trade.

He leaves to mourn his loss his wife, four sons, two daughters 28 grandchildren, one great grandchild, and friends and neighbors by the score.

The sons, B. J. Robinson, Joseph F. Robinson, Jr., Thomas E. Robinson and one daughter, Matilda, wife of J. L. Sinnott, all live at Chase. One son, John D. Robinson, lives in Ellinwood, and the other daughter, Mary L. wife of F. A. McAnarney, lives at Paola.

Mr. Robinson was stricken a year ago last January and was a patient sufferer during his fifteen months of sickness. His God and his church were ever uppermost in his mind during this, as they were the keynote of his whole life. With St. Paul he might exclaim: "I have fought the good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith; for the rest there is laid up for me a crown of justice, which the Lord, the just Judge will render to me on that day and not only to me but to them also that love his coming."

There are many who will miss the pleasing figure of "Uncle Joe Robinson," but let us not forget him "May he rest in peace"

Among those from a distance were: Mr. Mrs. E. F. Byers, Mr. and Mrs. W. R. Foote, Wichita.

Mr. and Mrs. Gus Bohrer, Mrs. Ansel Revel, Eugene and Mary Ann, Hutchinson.

Mr. and Mrs. James Finnin, Chafin(?)

Mr. and Mrs. Don Grant, Helen and Marjorie, Ellinwood.

Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Robinson, Frederick

Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Robinson, Mrs. Sophia Wendell, Miss Elizabeth Wendell, Mrs. West, Mrs. George Langfield, Misses Della and Hazel Harper, Ellinwood.

Mr. and Mrs. James Malone, Lyons"

Submitted by Glenn McAnarney

Donald L. Yeakel


Sterling, KS – Donald Lynn Yeakel, 56, died Jan. 20, 2005, at his home, Sterling.


He was born Sept. 16, 1948, at sterling, the son of Donald Clark and Marilyn L. Mauk Yeakel.  He was a 1966 graduate of Sterling High School and a 1974 graduate of Sterling College.  A lifetime resident of Sterling, he was a sales manager for Rickabaugh.


He belonged to United Methodist Church, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion, all at Sterling.  He was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving during the Vietnam Conflict.


On Oct. 30, 1969, he married Pamela A. Asbury at Las Vegas, Nev.  She survives.


Other survivors include: his mother, Marilyn Yeakel Johnson, Lyons; a son, Donald John, Rock Rapids, Iowa; a daughter, Chelle Lyn Yeakel, Kansas City; a brother, Kyle, Sterling; two sisters, Leah Self, Hutchinson, and Kim Duvall, Windom; and three grandchildren, Braden Wynia, Callie and Ashlynn Yeakel, all of Rock Rapids, Iowa.


He was preceded in death by his father.


Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Monday at United Methodist Church, Sterling, with the Revs. Nancy Goddard and Glen Holman presiding.  The family will receive friends from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Sillin Funeral Home, Sterling.  Burial will be in Sterling Community Cemetery, Sterling.


Memorials may be sent to Sterling Country Club or to Sterling Children’s Fund, in care of USD 376, both in care of the funeral home, Seventh and Jefferson, Sterling, KS 67579.


The Hutchinson News

Hutchinson, Reno County, Kansas


Submitted by Rose Stout

Amos R. Foote - 1895
Died at his home, 2 miles south of Chase, on Wednesday, January 23, at 3 o'clock p.m. 
Amos R. (Ready) Foote was in the 64th year, 4 months and 21 days, of his age. He was born in Fulton county, PA, graduated from Millwood academy, then went to Canonsburg, PA., to take a theological course to prepare for the Presbyterian ministry, but was compelled to give up his studies on account of failing health. He then went to Aledo, ILL, where he taught several terms of school. In 1855 he was married to Miss Mary Kiddoo, daughter of Richard Kiddoo, Sr. His first wife lived but a short time; he was afterward married to Miss Mary E.(Ellen) Kiddoo, daughter of James Kiddoo. Sr., who survives him, with seven children, four daughters married and living near, and three sons at home. He was converted at 17 years of age and joined the Presbyterian church of which he was always a faithful member, full of the spirit of Christ, trusting and ever waiting the final summons. He leaves many sadhearted friends besides his own family to mourn their loss, which is his eternal gain.
Although he had several times been near to death's door, death came very suddenly and unexpected, to his friends. May the great Father who has so many times comforted his heart, comfort the loving friends left behind. He was a member at the Presbyterian church at Lyons, which has lost a consistant brother, and the community an honest and obliging christian gentleman; one who would rather suffer wrong than to wrong anyone; one who, in the years of activity and health, was ever ready to give assistance in times of distress, or emergency, no matter at what hour or by who called upon. What more can be said of any man?
The interment took place on Saturday at the Chase cemetery, the funeral services being conducted by Dr. Gillam, of the M.E. Church.
- Rev. McElroy preached at the M.E. church on Sunday morning last. Mr. McElroy came from his home in Thayer, Kansas, to attend the funeral of his friend, Mr. Amos R. Foote.

Mary E. Foote Dead - 1910
Mrs. Mary E.(Ellen)(Kiddoo) Foote died Tuesday afternoon, February 1. She was 67 years, 8 months and 23 days old. Funeral services were held at the home this afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, and the body laid to rest in Springdale cemetery
Mrs. Foote had been sick all of the last year, sometimes seriously, and again considerably improving at times, and while it was expected that she might go anytime, yet her death Tuesday seemed sudden. She was a good woman. All who knew her are friends that will remember her with kindliest thoughts and who have a sincere sympathy for the bereaved relatives.
Died - At the home of Mrs. A.(Amos) R.(Ready) Foote, Monday, February 26, 1900, Dr. J.(James) C.(Copeland) Wickerham. Deceased had been ill but a short time and his death came as a sad shock to his many friends. The remains were interred in Springdale cemetery on Wednesday. He leaves a wife (Margaret Foote Wickerham) and child (Ruth Copeland Wickerham) and a host of friends to mourn his loss. 
Dr. Wickerham of Oklahoma, died last Monday morning at the home of his mother-in-law, Mrs. Amos Foote near Chase. He was in Lyons last week visiting relatives, when he was taken ill at the home of Uncle Andy Foote. His sister-in-law, Mrs. C. H. Warden took him home on the train Friday evening. He became unconscious Sunday morning and died about 7 a.m. on Monday.
Dr. Wickerham was well known throughout this community and all regret to hear of his death. Mrs. Bell Tener of near this place sister of the Dr. left for his bedside last Saturday, but we are informed did not arrive until after his death.

Death After Saving His Dog
Osteopoath's Collapse In Boat
Mr. Harvey Ray Foote, age 57, an osteopath, of Hertford-street, Park-lane, London, England, died after rowing rapidly in the intense heat across a lake at the foot of Cader Idris, Merionethshire to rescus his dog which was entagled in weeds.
He dragged the dog into the boat and collapsed.
At the inquest at Dolgeily yesterday, Miss Grumplin, his private secretary, said that he had a heart attack at Helixstowe? three weeks previously.
Mr. Foote was born and raised two miles south of Chase. He went to Ireland in 1903 with Dr. Dunham, formerly Lyons osteopath who is also now dead. They introduced osteopathy there and in 1914 Mr. Foote removed to London where he since resided.
He was married in 1912 to an Ohio young lady, who survives, along with a son (Lawrence Ray Foote) and a daughter. The daughter is now a medical student in London.
Surviving relatives in this country include two brothers and three sisters: A.R. Foote of south of Chase, J. E. Foote of Hutchinson; Mrs. C. O. Sharpe, Chase; Mrs. Laura Warden, Lyons; and Mrs Jennie Moree of California.
Mr. Foote had been President of the British Osteopathic Association and the Incorporated Association of Osteopaths. At the time of his death he was assistant registrar of the General Council.
No information was contained in the cable as to funeral arrangements. It stated merely that he had died suddenly, at his home on a holiday. Since he had been naturalized in England, it was presumed the burial would be there.

DEATHS Dec 21,1943.
James Edward Foote, 125 West Eighth, died in a local hospital at 2:39 a.m. Monday after three days illness. He was born in Johnson county, MO, March 22, 1870 and moved to Rice county, Kan, when he was eight years old. He moved to Hutchinson from Rice county in 1905 and had lived here since Mrs. Foote died in 1941.
Survivors are three daughters, Alma V., Emma Elizabeth, and Mary Ellen Foote of the home; a sister, Mrs. Margaret Sharpe and a brother, Albert R. Foote, both of Chase.
Mr. Foote was a retired carpenter.
The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Johnson and Sons chapel with burial in Memorial Park cemetery. Rev. Nelson Gardner will officiate.

Funeral Services for Chase Man Are Held This Afternoon
Sept. 13, 1941
Charles Oscar Sharpe died at his home in Chase at 11:35 o'clock Saturday morning after an illness of 11 days. Funeral services were held at the Nazarene church in Chase at 2:30 o'clock this afternoon. Rev. H. O. Davis officiating. Burial was in the Chase cemetery.
Survivors include: His widow, Mrs. Margaret (Foote-Wickerham) Sharpe; three children - Roy Sharpe of Chase, Homer Sharpe of Lyons, and Walter Sharpe of Chase; three brothers and a sister: Rev. David Sharpe of Witchita, Ulric Sharpe of Adams county, OH, Mrs. John Campbell of Adams county, Ohio, and Robert Sharpe of Salem, Oregon; thirteen grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
Mrs. Sharpe was born in Adams county, Ohio on March 12, 1862. He came here in 1885 from Ohio and engaged in farming. He was a member of the Nazarene church.

Submitted by Bette Butcher Topp


He came with his parents to Kansas at the age of fifteen years. He was united in marriage to Mrs. Minnie O'Brien January 17, 1909, where they made their home. Mrs. Yarbrough died March 3, 1927.
Thomas Yarbrough was born in Green County, Tennessee June 3, 1868, and died at Hoffman Memorial Hospital, Little River, KS September 16, 1929: aged 61 years, 3 months and 13 days. He came with his parents to Kansas at the age of fifteen years
he was united in marriage to Mrs. Minnie O'Brien on January 17, 1909,at Piedmont, Kans. They came to Little River in 1909, where they made their home. Mrs. Yarbrough died March 3, 1927, since which time he made his home with Mrs. Yarbough's youngest daughter, Mrs. Lulu Hardy.

He leaves to mourn his loss three brothers- James of Blackwell, Okla; Frank of Piedmont, Kans., and Samuel of California; one sister, Mrs. A.E. Moore of Piedmont, Kans.; three stepdaughters -Mrs. Sam Deal, Mrs. Lou Banister and Mrs. Clarence Hardy of Little River, Kans. little folks -Ardis Deal, Delano Banister, Nadine Hardy and Wilber Hardy, who will miss him. He is also survived by other relatives, and a wide circle of friends mourn his departure, other relatives, and a wide circle of friends.

Tom as he was familiarly called, was a good citizen and it seemed that everybody was his friend and he was a friend to everybody. His last illness was of short duration. All that loving and skilful hands could do was of no avail, he succumbed to ailment after submitting to surgery, and his sweet and loving spirit returned to the God who gave it.

Funeral services were conducted from the M.E. Church in Little River by Rev. John Spriggs at 2:30 Tuesday afternoon. Interment in Bean Cemetery, Little River.

Submitted by Kyle M. Condon

Thomas ROBINSON "The Chase Register" 13 February 1908

Thomas Robinson was born in Erie County, Ohio, January 3, 1842 and died at his home in Chase, Kansas, at 5:40 a.m. at the age of 66 years, 1 month and 1 day. His early life was spent on the farm, but on the 22d of August 1862 he joined the army, enlisting in Company K, 123 Ohio Volunteer Infantry, serving 2 years, 9 months and 22 days. He participated in many battles and was once taken a prisoner, but a short time afterwards was exchanged and then served until the end of the war, receiving an honorable discharge January 22, 1865.

Returning to his old home in Erie county he started in anew and on November 24, 1868 he was married to Sarah L. Winn, and to this union eight children were born, seven daughters and one son, all of whom survive the father and were present when the end came, with the exception of one daughter, who died in infancy. They came to rice County, in the early part of 1878, and which (sic) the exception of a few years that they lived at Alden, they have resided in or near Chase. The deceased had been in poor health for some time, but not until the last few months did he suffer much. Realizing that he must die, he prepared for it, and welcomed the end. He was a kind husband and father, a generous neighbor and a good citizen, and his death will be mourned by a host of near and dear friends. Funeral services were held from the St. Mary's church on Friday morning, and the remains were laid to rest in the cemetery south of town. The sympathy of the entire community is extended to the bereaved relatives in their sad hours.

Submitted by Glenn McAnarney

Sarah Louise Winn ROBINSON "The Chase Register" 5 Jul 1928

Sarah Louise Winn was born December 1, 1850, at Alcott, (Olcot) N.Y., and died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Gus Bohrer, Hutchinson, June 23, 1928 77 years, 6 months and 9 days. In her childhood years, she moved with her parents to Erie County, Ohio.

On November 24, 1868, at Sandusky City, Ohio, she was united in marriage to Thomas Robinson and to this union eight children born - seven daughters and one son.

In 1877 the family moved to Rice county, Kansas, and with the exception of a few years in which they lived in Alden, they dwelt in or near Chase. Her the family was reared, and the father and mother, with other pioneers, saw the county develop from crude prairie land to a thriving community.

In 1908 the father became ill and died at the family home in Chase. The mother continued to make this her home and has lived in the same house the past forty years.

Religiously she was a zealous member of St. Marys church and active in church circles, being a member of the Silver Circle and of the Ladies Altar Society.

She was a noble wife, a happy mother, and a maker of a free and hospitable home.

"Some lives stand out on headlands and are beacons for all mankind but some more lovely and precious come only by chance gleams of reflection to the knowledge of the outer world." The best and sweetest of her is known only to the ones most intimate to her. The spirit of her life lives with us still, and within our hearts she rests enshrined.

She leaves to cherish her memory all of her daughters except one who died in infancy. They are D. E. Robinson, Mrs. Henry Link and Mrs. E. W. Cramm of Chase; Mrs. Gus Bohrer of Hutchinson; Mrs. E. F. Beyer and Mrs. W. R. Foote of Wichita, and Mrs. F. A. Leith of Sharon and one sister. Mrs. Joseph Robinson, an family, of Chase; also 16 grandchildren, four great grandchildren, besides numerous friends. All of the children were present (when) death came, and with the exception of one niece and one grandchild every relative was present at the funeral.

Funeral services were held from St. Marys church at Chase, Tuesday morning, June 26 at 10 o'clock. Six of the grandsons - Rinaldo Ackley, Lawrence Link, Cecil Foote, Ansel Revel, Jack Barry and Floyd Hazelton - paid a sorrowful tribute to their grandmother by being pallbearers. Services were conducted by Rev. Father Merrill of Wichita and Rey Anthony Mages of Chase. The body was laid to rest in St. Marys Cemetery

Submitted by Glenn McAnarney

MCDERMOTT, Bridget Riley Winn

Chase Record 24 Jan 1899

Mrs. Bridget E. McDermott, mother of Mrs. T. Robinson of this place (Chase, Kansas) died very suddenly at her home in Cain City, Tuesday, Jan 22.  The funeral services were held in Cain City yesterday.  She was buried in the Cain City Cemetery.

Submitted by Glenn McAnarney

Mary Ann Winn ROBINSON obituary, Lyons Daily News, Lyons, Rice County, Kansas, 8 Apr 1935, page1 column 4

"Mrs. Joseph F. Robinson, sr., aged Chase woman, died at her home there Sunday evening at 8:20 o'clock, after an illness of two weeks.

Surviving are five children; Ben Robinson and Joe Robinson of Chase; Mrs. Mamie McAnery (sic) of Paola; Mrs. J. L. Sinnott, Chase and John Robinson, Ellinwood.

Mr. Robinson passed away about six years go.

Funeral services will be held at St. Mary's church in Chase at 10 o'clock tomorrow morning.  Burial will be at Chase."

Submitted by Glenn McAnarney

Updated 26 Jan 2012