Genealogy Trails' Kansas


Elk City Citizen - August 31, 1904

MR. GEORGE M. ACHESON - Submitted by L. Morgan

Obituary of George Moore Acheson
An Honored Citizen Dead

George Moore Acheson was born in Armagh, Ireland, October 29, 1838, and died at his home west of Howard, Kas., August 17, 1904.

He came to Canada when a young man. In 1866 he married Jane McLaren of Galt, Canada, and from Canada they moved to Kansas in 1870, and have lived here most of their lives. In youth, Mr. Acheson became a member of the United Presbyterian church, in which he still retained a membership in Tarkio, Mo., where he lived two years.

Mr. Acheson leaves a wife and five shildren, also two sisters and three brothers of a family of eleven children to mourn their loss. One son, Willie, passed into rest ten years ago.

Mr. Acheson experienced much of what was common to the struggle of home making in Kansas thirty-four years ago, and following that time, yet through all this he so lived that at the close of life, he is spoken of by those who knew him as having been a marked embodiment of all that is essential to noble and upright manhood. Such lives yield a blessed influence that far but live the brief period of abode in the flesh.

Let us all seek to so prolong our days of usefulness by such wise improvement of passing opportunities. - J. C. R.

The Moline Advance - November 23, 1950

MR. ROMULUS O. ADAIR - Submitted by Dan Durbin

Romulus O. Adair, son of Dr. Thomas E. and Emma Adair was born February 26, 1881, in Elk County, near Moline, and departed this life November 10, 1950, at his home in the Belknap community. He had resided at his home for over sixty years and was a highly respected citizen, neighbor, and friend. He was a member of the Odd Fellows lodge, and a charter member of the encampment of Moline, taking an active part in its work.

He leaves to mourn his loss, one sister, Mrs. Irene Sawyer of the home, one brother, Clyde Adair of Lodi, California, five nieces Mrs. Agnes Constock of Whittier, Calif., Mrs. Minnie Seybold of San Francisco, California, Mrs. Irene Haigler of Wichita, Kansas, Mrs. Ione DeBerry of Kansas City, Missouri, and Mrs. Josephine Kauffman of Kansas City, Kansas; two nephews; Howard Sawyer of Areacortes, Washington and Thomas E. Sawyer of the U. S. Navy, and many other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held at the graveside in the Belknap cemetery, Friday, November 17, 1950, conducted by Rev. O. W. Dewey. Mrs. Elvinnie Tucker and Mrs. Stella Beal sang 'Does Jesus Care?', after which the body was buried with the Honors of the Odd Fellows lodge.

Funeral arrangements were made by the Rarick Mortuary.

Unknown Newspaper - 1925

MR. CECIL S. ADAMS - Submitted by Dan Durbin

Cecil Selden Adams was born in Elk county, near Moline, Kansas, October 26th, 1898, and departed this life at his home near Moline, Kansas, at the age of 26 years, 7 months and 3 days.

Cecil Selden Adams was a son of Homer S. and Cora Adams, and grew to young manhood at his home near Moline. He graduated from the Moline high school in the year of 1919 and left for California the same year. He was married to Gladys Henderson of Filmore California, November 28, 1923. To this union one child, William Selden, was born. Cecil returned to Kansas in the fall of 1924, settling on a small farm near Moline.

Besides the wife and child there are left to mourn their loss, the father and mother, one sister and one brother, and a host of relatives and friends.

Mr. Adams was a Christian gentleman of sterling character, was a member of the Congregational church and was held in high esteem by all who knew him.

His classmates acted as pall bearers and flower bearers. Star Grange No. 1837 of which he was a member joined the procession at the corner of 3rd and Main street and marched in a body to the church. The Grange took charge at the grave and put on the beautiful and effective Grange ceremony.

Many friends from the surrounding towns and country attended the funeral which was held at the Baptist church, Bro. Alcorn, Baptist pastor, officiating. This was reported to be the largest funeral ever held in Moline.

Howard Journal - February 18, 1881

MR. CHARLES T. ADAMS - Submitted by L. Morgan

In Memoriam
DIED-- At his residence in Howard of typhoid pneumonia, on Tuesday morning, Feb. 15, 1881, Chas T. Adams, aged 40 years, 5 months, and 15 days.

Mr. Adams was born in Oneida county, N.Y. on the 30th day of August 1840. He was a man of wonderous energy and resolved when young to make his name known as a successful busines man. He served for ? years in the union army, after which he went to Cleveland O., where for three years he clerked in a clothing store. In 1868 he moved to Ottawa, Ill., where he engaged in the mercantile business for himself. Was married to Abbie E. Fuller, of Morrow, O., March 24, 1869. He returned to Ottawa after his marriage and lived there one year, but believing there was a much better opening for a young man in Kansas he came to Fredonia in the spring of 1870.

He engaged in mercantile business there one year, and in the spring of 1871 removed to Howard, bought a farm near the town site, erected a store room on the site of the proposed village and resumed the mercantile business.

A history of Charley Adams would be a history of Howard. His was the oldest business establishment in the place, having been run continously in the same building, and adjacent ones as his business increased, ever since his commencement in 1871. During this time he was also postmaster seven years.

Refusing to take any active part in politics he was yet a man of most earnest convictions and took a keen interest in the future welfare of his country. He had unlimited faith in the future of Howard and Kansas in general and was engaged when stricken down by his last illness, in getting together material for the largest and finest business building in Howard.

In our early struggles for division of the county and the location of the county seat he took an active part and was ever ready to give liberally to aid these projects. He was also a warm friend of railway extensions and public improvements of all kinds. As a member of the building committees of both the churches now in process of erection he aided financially as well as by his advice. In all his business relations he was guided by honor, and his simple word was good for any amount. But above all he was a Christian man.

We believe we but represent the sentiment of the entire community when we say that no other one man in the city would be as much a public as well as a private loss as Charley Adams. He leaves a wife and child (Hobart) nine years old.

June 1966


Homer Selden Adams passed away June 13, 1966, at 5:30 a. m., in the Eureka, Kansas, rest home, where he had been a patient the past ten days. He was born September 10, 1875, near Cheshire, Ohio, the son of Selden Adams and Helena Deboise Klapp. He came to Howard with his parents in a covered wagon at the age of ten years. The family settled on a farm southwest of Howard.

Homer attended school at Cheshire, Ohio, and at Mound Branch school. He was married to Cora Goss on February 7, 1897. To this union three children were born: Cecil, Helena E. Gors of Howard, Kansas, and James H. Adams of Lexington, Nebraska. Homer and his wife moved to California in 1929 where he worked for the city of Ventur and the Port Huenemo Base. Following his retirement, they moved back to Howard to make their home April 1, 1953. He was preceded in death by his wife, Cora, on September 1, 1962 his son, Cecil, in May of 1926; his parents; his two brothers and three sisters. He leaves to mourn his death his daughter, Helena E. Gors of Howard; his son, James, and daughter-in-law, Alice Adams, of Lexington, Nebraska; seven grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; three brothers-in-law: four sisters-in-law and a host of nieces and nephews.

He was a member of the Royal Neighbors of America at Moline.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, June 15, at 10:00 a. m., in the Spurrier-Watt chapel, Howard, with the Rev. James Lorensen, pastor of the Howard Christian church, officiating, Casket bearers were Bennie Beu, Clyde Hebb, Arthur Arndt, Elwood Miller, Williaim Ratclaff and Charles W. Miller. Concluding services and burial were in the Moline cemetery. Moline, Kansas.

Unknown Newspaper - August 7, 1922

MRS. SARAH B. ADAMS - Submitted by Dan Durbin

SPRAY, Sarah Bell
Sarah Bell Adams was born June 3rd, 1853, in Harrison County, Kentucky. Her parents moved to Douglas County, Illinois, when she was quite young, where she grew to womanhood. October 17, 1922, would have been the fiftieth anniversary of her wedding to Absalom H. Spray. One of her greatest wishes was to live to celebrate their golden wedding, but the Lord knew best and took her before this desire could be fulfilled.

The family moved to Kansas in 1878 and settled in Elk county where they have resided ever since. Two of their five children have preceded her to their heavenly home, Mattie, the oldest child, and an infant, Nutie. Those living are, her husband A. H. Spray; Dr. G. Albert Spray of Augusta, Kansas, Mrs. Emma Homesley of Lexington, Missouri, and Jesse O. Spray of Salina, Kansas. She is also survived by an only sister, Mrs. A. A. Keiser of Arkansas City, Kansas, and five grandchildren, all of whom were with her at the time of her death.

She was converted at Ames Chapel and united with that church in about 1881 and has ever since lived an exemplary christian life, being a faithful wife, a devoted mother and grandmother and a blessing to all with whom she came in contact.

She died at her home five miles southeast of Moline, Kansas, Monday afternoon, August 7, 1922, at 4:13 o'clock of cancer of the stomach. She was a patient sufferer for about a year and a half, but her beautiful faithful faith in God and the devotion of her loved ones and friends helped to alleviate this suffering.

Among the her last words was an admonition to her children to be very good to their father because he had been so unfailingly kind and good to her.

Mrs. Spray looked into the future with hope and confidence. She died as she lived, "trusting in Jesus." The words of the poet were hers until the last. "Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus. Just to take Him at His word. Just to rest upon His promise. Just to know thus saith the Lord."

Funeral services were held at Ames Chapel Wednesday morning, August 9th, at 10:30 o'clock conducted by Rev. M. G. McIntosh with G. W. Tilton funeral director. Interment was in the cemetery at the Chapel. A large concourse of people attended the funeral to attest their love and respect for one so highly esteemed through many years.

The Advance regrets the departure of a faithful correspondent, one who was helpful in many ways beside regularly sending in news through many years and one whose presence was always welcome for her good friendly ways.

Prairie Star - November 10, 2008


Gladys Iown Adamson 60, of Moline, passed away Friday, Nov. 14, 2008, at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, after a five year battle with cancer.

Iown was born Sept. 9, 1948 in Independence, the daughter of Roland Mitchner and Gladys Irene (Jones) Blackburn. Iown lived most of her life in Kansas and Oklahoma. She went to school in Longton, and in 1971 graduated from Cosmetology School in Tahlequah, Okla., Iown was a teacher at Elk Valley High School and often drove the school bus for sports activities and other extra curricular school events. In 1991, Iown received her Cosmetology Instructors' license, and the past few years, she taught at the Independence Community College Cosmetology school in Independence.

Iown was well known in the community for volunteering her services to those in need. She would often offer haircuts at no charge to anyone who needed it. Iown was an active member in the sorority Gamma Pi, Eastern Star and a member of the Elk Falls Methodist Church. She volunteered with many other organizations and enjoyed helping out in the community.

On May 28, 1996, Iown married Robert F. Adamson in Moline. He survives Iown. Other survivors include three sons, Charley Latta and wife Ashley of Independence, Robert Bennett and wife Shalla of Emporia, Danny Corle and wife Paula of Inola, Okla.; one daughter, Amy Gregory and husband Michael of Helena, Ark.; her mother, Gladys and stepfather Rowland Jones of Elk Falls; one brother, Glen Blackburn of Longton; three sisters, Rowlinda Justus of Emporia, Jane Wassam of Longton, Diane Morrison of Franklin, and 12 grandchildren.

Iown was preceded in death by her father Roland, and one son Roland Wesley.

Cremation has been requested, a memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 21, 2008 at the Longton Methodist Church. The family requests memorial contributions go to: Elk Falls Methodist Church or the American Cancer Society and may be left with the funeral home. Online condolences may be left at:

Arrangements are under the direction of Zimmerman Funeral Home in Howard.

October 1994


Leta Ferne Adkins, 79, of Moline, Kansas, died Saturday, October 15, 1994, at Good Samaritan Nursing Home, Winfield, Kansas. She was born August 10, 1915, in Moline, Kansas, to John William and Marie (Davis) Miller. She was a homemaker and a member of the Moline First Baptist Church.

On April 2, 1935, in Howard, Kansas, she and Walter Lee Adkins were united in marriage. He preceded her in death on April 8, 1990.

She is survived by one son, Walter Duane Adkins of Olympia, Washington; one daughter, Doris Taylor of Moline, Kansas; three brothers, John Miller of Portland, Oregon, Erwin Miller of Idaho, and Melvin Miller of Moline, Kansas; two sisters, Lola Foust and Esther Thayer, both of Moline, Kansas; four grandchildren; nine greatgrandchildren; and one greatgreat-grandchild.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, October 19, 1994, at 2:00 p.m., in the Moline First Baptist Church. Rev. Glen Epp officiated. Interment was in the Moline Cemetery. Watt Funeral Home, Moline, was in charge of arrangements. Memorials have been established in her name with the Moline First Baptist Church and the Elk Manor Nursing Home.

Howard Courant - October 19, 1922

MRS. VIENNA ADKISSON - Submitted by L. Morgan

Death of Mrs. Lewis Adkisson, mother of Mrs. Henry Coil of this city, died at her home in Wichita, October 13, 1922, aged 72 years, two months, fifteeen days. She was born in the state of Indiana on July 28, 1850. She is survived by her husband, three sons and two daughters. The body was brought to Howard and funeral services were held at the M.E. church on Monday, October 16th, at 2 p.m. and conducted by J.R. Creamer, assisted by Miss Lucie White, pastor of the Christian church. The body was laid to rest in Grace Lawn cemetery.

Prairie Star - June 29, 2005


HOWARD — William Douglas Alberts, 65, of Moline, died Wednesday at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Wichita. Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Moline United Methodist Church with Pastor Gary Boles officiating. Interment will be in Greenlawn Cemetery at Grenola.

Memorials are suggested to the VA Medical Center in Wichita, and they may be left with Zimmerman Funeral Home.

He was born on March 11, 1940 in Jefferson City, Mo., to Charles and Loreana (Branson) Alberts. He attended schools near Jefferson City.

Mr. Alberts served in the U.S. Air Force from 1957 to 1960.

On July 1, 1960, he married Regina Carpenter in Enid, Okla., and she died in 1974. He later married Delores Kay Hull and she also preceded in death.

He was a truck owner-operator during most of his life.

Survivors include a son, Billy Alberts, Moline; three daughters, Deanne Wells and Sharon Prouty, both of Winfield,. and Teresa Redd, Moline; a stepson Randy Camp, Corpus Christi, Fla.; four brothers, Ronald Alberts, of Los Angeles, Calif,, Robert and Raymond Alberts, both of Wichita, and Donald Alberts, Chamberlain, S.D.; a sister, Dorothy Fletcher, Haysville; 10 grandchildren, eight step-grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and two step-great-grandchildren.

- December 1956


Roy Eugene Alcorn, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Alcorn who was born at the Wilson county hospital at Neodesha, December 11, 1956, passed away at 2:45 a. m., Saturday, December 22, age eleven days. His mother was the former Louise Case of Howard. The paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. T. H. Alcorn of Piedmont, and the maternal grandparents. Mr. and Mrs. Maurice Cass of Neodesa. He is also survived by a sister, Margie Eileen, age three, of the home.

Graveside servics, in charge of the Moon Funeral Home of Howard were conducted at Grace Lawn cemetery, Saturday, December 22nd. by the Rev. P. L. Mitchell, pastor of the Howard Methodist church.

June 22, 1963

MRS. ALICE M. ALDERSON - Submitted by Louise Havens

Alice May Alderson, daughter of Ed and Eliza Jane Parks, was born August 28, 1884, at Howard, Kansas and departed this life on June 22, 1963, at the Sedan hospital in Sedan, Kansas, at the age of 78 years, 9 months and 24 days.

She grew to womanhood on a farm near Howard, Kansas, attended the Cresco rural school, and early in life became a part of the work-a-day world, assisting with the many duties of a farm family. On April 3, 1907, she was united in marriage to Lon Alderson and to this union were born four children, two girls and two boys. One son, Alva, died in infancy.

This family lived on a farm for forty-tree years and their children were born there and grew to young man and womanhood. Alice May was a good mother who gave tender and thoughtful care in raising her children. She was a Christian and taught them the real principles of living a Christian life. When they moved to Howard, she transferred her membership to the Church of Christ here and was active as long as her health permitted. She had been in poor health for a number of years, and her death was a release from suffering.

There remains of her family her devoted and faithful husband, Lon; her son, Edward Lee Alderson of Newton, Kansas; her two daughters, Mrs. Fern Vern Walter of rural Howard and Mrs. Nova May Medearis of Brewster, Kansas; eight grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; her two sons-in-law, Earl Walter and Al Medearis; her daughter-in-law, Nadine Alderson; four sisters, Mrs. Rose Grant and Mrs. Melissa Alderson of Pittsburg, California; Mrs. Laura Tombaugh of Tucson, Arizona, and Mrs. Emma Hunt of Emporia, Kansas.

She was preceded in death by her mother and father; two brothers, Frank and Edward Parks; two sisters, Mrs. Anna Barger and Mrs. Hulda Underwood, and her baby son. Funeral services were held on Tuesday, June 25, at 2 p.m., in the Spurrier-Watt chapel, the Rev. Dean Brown of the Howard Baptist church officiating. Two songs were sung by Mrs. Dean Brown, accompanied by Mrs. Adron Hebb. Graveside services and burial were in the Cresco cemetery.

September 1908

INFANT ALVA ALDERSON - Submitted by Louise Havens

ALDERSON --Thursday September 10, 1908, Alva, the little five months old son of Mr. and Mrs. Lon Alderson living southwest of Severy. Funeral services were held Friday conducted by Rev. Gardner after which the remains were interred in Cresco cemetery.

April 12, 1999

MR. E. L. ALDERSON - Submitted by Louise Havens

E. L. "Eddie" Alderson, age 84, of Newton, died April 12, 1999 at Via Christi Regional Medical Center St. Frances, Wichita. He was born July 18, 1914 at rural Howard to Lon C. Alderson and May A. Parks.

He married Nadine ' on July 13, 1940 at El Dorado. She survives. He was the owner/operator of Eddie's Service Station from 1948 to 1961. He then went to work at Hesston Corporation as a machinist, retiring in 1978. He was a member of St. Luke Presbyterian Church for 52 years. He had lived in Newton since 1942.

Survivors include his wife, Nadine Alderson of Newton, a son, Larry L. Alderson of Wichita; a daughter, Linda L. Friesen of Cleveland, Oklahoma; a sister, Nova Medearis of Aurora, CO; a sister, Fern Walter of Howard; six grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father, Lon C. Alderson and his mother, May A. Alderson, and a brother (infant) Alderson.

Services will be held Thursday, Apr. 15, at the Peterson Funeral Home Chapel, 215 N. Main, Newton with Pastor David Keazirian of the St. Luke Presbyterian Church officiating. Burial will be at 2: p.m. Thursday, April 15 at the Grace Lawn Cemetery at Howard. A memorial fund has been established with the St. Luke Presbyterian Church c/o Petersen Funeral Home.

August 9, 1968

MR. LON C. ALDERSON - Submitted by Louise Havens

Lon Claude Alderson, son of James and Sarah Moody Alderson, was born in Cass County, Missouri, February 5, 1883, and passed away at his home in Howard, Kansas, Friday, August 9, 1968, at the age of 85 years, 6 months and 4 days.

When he was a small child he came with his parents, brothers and sisters to Elk County, Kansas, where the family settled on a farm northeast of Howard. He received his education in the rural schools of this county and then became a farmer, which work he carried on this entire life.

He was married to Alice May Parks on April 3, 1907, and to this union were born four children, two boys and two girls. One son, Alva, died in infancy. For forty-three years this couple lived on a farm. These parents were Christians and brought their children up to love and respect the church. They also believed in education and saw that their children were regular in attendance at schools.

In 1949, they moved to Howard and purchased a home. Mrs. Alderson's health failed and for several years she was a semi-invalid. Lon was a wonderful husband who cared for her in a tender manner until her death on June 22, 1963. Since that time he has lived alone until about six months ago when he entered Twilight Manor Home. He was not a bed patient and enjoyed visiting with the other patients and often pushed the wheel chairs of other members of the home.

Lon was a good neighbor who enjoyed the fellowship of others. He was a kind and indulgent parent and a fond grandfather. He was a member of the Church of Christ of Howard and attended services regularly. He will be greatly missed.

Survivors are one son, Edward Lee Alderson, Newton, Kansas; two daughters, Mrs. Earl (Fern) Walter, Howard, Kansas and Mrs. Al (Nova) Medearis, Littleton, Colorado; eight grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; his daughter-in-law, Nadine Alderson; two sons-in-law, Earl Walter and Al Medearis; one brother, Kirby Alderson, Hot Springs, Arkansas; one sister, Mrs. Maude Palmer, Pittsburg, Kansas. There are other relatives and many friends.

Funeral services were held in the chapel of the Spurrier-Watt Funeral Home, Monday, August 12, 2:00 p.m., with the Rev. Arthur Frary, pastor of the Howard Methodist Church, officiating. Music was presented by Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Taliaferro, accompanied by Mrs. Raymond Henderson at the organ. Casket bearers were Larry Alderson, Marion Friesen, Wayne DeWitt, Harold Eulert, Carl Morgan and Millard Shipman. Concluding services and burial were in Cresco cemetery, north of Howard.

May 25, 1999

MRS. C. NADINE ALDERSON - Submitted by Louise Havens

C. Nadine Alderson passed away May 25, 1999 in her residence in Newton, KS. She was 77 years old. Nadine was born on January 31, 1922 in Howard, Kansas to Raymond Anderson and Fern (Forsyth) Anderson.

Nadine grew to womanhood in Howard, Kansas and graduated from the Howard High School. She married E. L. "Eddie" Alderson on July 13, 1940 at El Dorado, Kansas. To this union was born a son, Larry and a daughter, Linda.

Nadine had been a member of the St. Luke Presbyterian Church for 53 years. She was a billing clerk for the Water Department for the City of Newton and retired after 25 years of service. She enjoyed her family, doing yard work, her flowers and singing with the "Golden Notes". She is preceded in death by her husband Edward Alderson who died April 12, 1999, her father Raymond Anderson and mother Fern Anderson.

She is survived by her son Larry Alderson of Wichita, KS; daughter Linda L. Friesen of rural Cleveland, Oklahoma; a brother Bill R. Anderson of Eudora, KS; 6 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.

Services were held Tuesday, June 1, 1999 at 10:00 a.m. at the Petersen Funeral Home in Newton, KS. Rev. David Keazirian of the St. Luke Presbyterian Church will officiate. Graveside services will follow at the Grace Lawn Cemetery at Howard, KS at 3:00 p.m. Memorials have been established with the St. Luke Presbyterian Church and contributions may be left with Petersen Funeral Home.

February 11, 1920

MRS. NANCY J. ALDERSON - Submitted by Louise Havens

Nancy Jane Butts was born in Platt Co., Mo., August 15, 1835, and died at the home of her son, Charles, east of Howard, February 11, 1920. She was married to W. B. Alderson, October 13, 1859, and they but recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.

Mrs. Alderson is survived by her husband, and sons, Bud, Charley, and Derwood of Howard, and Henry of Cleveland, Mo.; three daughters, Mrs.. J. T. Moody, Garden City, Kans., Mrs. Ed McLaughlin of Walla Walla, Wash., and Mrs. E. C. Allen of Dilworth, Okla.; 17 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and a host of relatives and friends. Funeral services were conducted from the home of her son, by G. H. Ransom of Howard, and burial was made in Cresco Cemetery.

"Even down to old age all my people shall prove my constant, eternal, unchangeable love; and when hoary hairs shall their temples adorn like lambs they shall still on my bosom be borne."

The Howard Courant - Citizen - March 25, 1954

MR. SAMUEL L. ALDERSON - Submitted by Louise Havens

ALDERSON---Samuel Lee Alderson was born September 29, 1872 and passed away March 16, 1854 at a Fort Smith, Arkansas hospital after a short illness. Mr. Alderson was a retired farmer and a resident of Fort Smith for two years. He was born in Cass county, Missouri, and came to Elk county in 1889, where he spent most of his life. He was a member of the Union Valley Grange.

Survivors include his wife, Bessie Alderson, of Fort Smith; six daughters, Mrs. N. C. Nigh of Fort Smith; Mrs. Mont Carmona, Vallejo, California; Miss Lovina Alderson, Fort Smith; Mrs. Arnold Calloway, Fort Worth, Texas; Mrs. Al Wagner and Mrs. Edward Moore, St. Louis, Missouri: two sons, Carl and Alfred Alderson, both of Sacramento, California; one sister, Mrs. Maude Palmer, Pittsburg, Kansas; four brothers, Manzie and Bert Alderson, Healbsburg, California; Lon Alderson, Howard, Kansas, Kirby Alderson, Parsons, Kansas; 18 grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

The funeral was held from the Moon Chapel at Howard, Kansas, March 18, 1854, Rev. Phonce L. Mitchell and Rev. Arnold Calloway officiating. Casket bearers were Dean Boles, John Bowser, A. Z. Robinson, Clyde Carson, Grover Thomas and John Parker. Burial was in Cresco cemetery.

The Winfield Daily Courier - May 14, 2007

MRS. LILLIAN L. ANDERSON - Submitted by L. Morgan

WICHITA - Lillian LaVelle Anderson, 89, of Wichita, formerly of Howard, died May 11, 2007, at the Comfort Care Home in Wichita. Services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Greenlawn Cemetery in Grenola. Her grandson, the Rev. £than D. Sayler, will officiate. Larry Sayler will play a violin selection of "All the Way My Savior Leads Me." Arrangements are through Zimmerman Funeral Home of Howard. A memorial has been established with Greenlawn Cemetery at Grenola.

Anderson was born Oct. 14, 1917, at Grenola, to Charles Joseph and Mollie Tom (Sweet) Carter. She lived her early years in the Grenola area and graduated from Grenola High School.

On July 25, 1937, she married Benjamin Clark Anderson at the First United Presbyterian Church in Wichita. The couple made their home in Kansas City, Mo., where she was employed for several years by Dr. C. Richard Friedley in Raytown, Mo. After they moved to Howard, she worked at the Elk County Abstract Office and served as treasurer of the city of Howard.

She was a life member of the Oskaloosa Chapter 62 Order of Eastern Star and was a member of Chapter AF, PEO in Augusta. She was also a member of the United Methodist Church in Howard.

Anderson was preceded by her husband, Clark, on Aug. 23, 2004.

Survivors include her daughter, Sonya M. Sayler, Wichita; a sister, Lucille Fern Best, Grenola; three grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.


MR. RICHARD S. ALEXANDER - Submitted by Fredia Wells.

Burden Editor Succumbs
Dick Alexander, 60, for 35 years editor of the Burden Times and Burden community booster, died Wednesday at 1:58 a.m. in Newton Memorial hospital. He had suffered several heart attacks during the past few years. He had an attack Friday which sent him to bed, and another Tuesday noon after which he was brought to the hospital in a serious condition.

Alexander was one of the most ardent of Burden's boosters during his many years as editor and publisher of the Times. He had served on the city council for a number of terms, on the school board and on he Eastern Cowley County Fair Assn., board. Through his newspaper and through his personal efforts he was always promoting civic enterprises for the good of the city.

Born in Missouri
Richard Samuel Clarence Alexander born Nov. 5, 1892 at Ornogo Mo., the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Alexander. He purchased the Burden Times in 1918, and was married Oct. 8, 1918, to Frona Myers at Cedar Vale.

Survivors include his wife one son Don Alexander of Burden; three grandchildren; one brother, Jack Alexander of Winfield; one sister, Mrs Olive Mason of Laguna Beach, Calif.

Funeral services will he Saturday at 2:30 p.m. in the Burden Methodist Church with the Rev. C. A. Kitch of Winfield officiating assisted by the Rev. J. H. Parker of Burden. Interment will be in Burden Cemetery with Mikes Mortuary in charge.

Sedan Times-Star - May 26, 1960

MRS. MARY A. ALFORD - Submitted by Freida Wells

Mother Dies in Washington Mrs. Jessie (Gladys) Cloyd left Tuesday to fly from Wichita to Vancouver, Wash., for the funeral of her mother, Mrs. Mary A. Alford who died in her sleep Sunday afternoon. The services and interment were to be at Vancouver.

Mary Alice Perry was born Oct. 1, 1881 at Grenola and was a resident of this area until 27 years ago. She and Thomas T. Alford were married at Sedan, and he died on Aug. 9, 1936. Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Cloyd of Sedan and Mrs. Beatrice Hobson of Needles, Calif.; four sons Cecil of Goodland, Walter of Los Angeles, Calif.; Everett and Ellsworth of Vancouver, 14 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren.

Unknown Newspaper - September 18, 2000

MRS. ALICE M. ALLEN - Submitted by FofFG - A.W.

HOWARD - Alice Mabel Allen, 91, Wichita, died Monday at the Briarwood Nursing Center in Wichita. Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at the Moline Cemetery in Moline, with Lloyd G. Zimmerman officiating. A memorial has been established with Hospice, Inc. of Wichita and contributions may be left with the Zimmerman Funeral Home of Howard.

Mrs. Allen was born on Dec. 6, 1908 at Waubay, S.D., to Charles and Gertrude (Johnson) Spearbeck. She moved with her family to Minneapolis, Minn. in 1914. She then moved to Tacoma, Wash. in 1922, returning to South Dakota in 1929, where she married Clement L. McLean in 1934. He is deceased.

Mrs. Allen was a commercial seamstress in Aberdeen, S.D. She moved to Denver, Colo. in the 1960s. She married Gilbert Charles Allen in 1966 and he preceded in death.

In 1999, Mrs. Allen moved to Wichita to be near family. She attended the Baptist Church.

She is survived by three sons, Lester McLean, Thousand Oaks, Calif., Harold McLean, Corona, Calif., and LeRoy McLean, Sedgwick, Colo.; a daughter, Greta Ware, Derby; 11 grandchildren and 15 great-grand-children.

Prairie Star - February 10, 2010


Betty Jean Allen, age 79, a resident of Independence, and formerly of Carthage, Mo., passed away Monday, Fek 1, 2010 at her home.

She was born on Nov. 14, 1930 in Winfield, the daughter of Roy William and Nelia Alice (Gates) Savage.

After graduating high school she went on to earn her associates degree. On Feb. 17, 1951 Betty was united in marriage to Ray R. Allen in Coffeyville. Betty was a homemaker. She did work outside of the home for A.C.C. in Independence, Citizens National Bank and also in a laundromat.

Betty is survived by one son Roy Allen of Independence, two grandsons and one great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Ray on March 3, 2003 and one sister.

Graveside funeral services were held Friday, Feb. 5, 2010 at Grace Lawn Cemetery in Howard with Pastor Robin Haines officiating.

Family suggests contributions to the Heartland Eye Bank in Kansas Gty and may be left with the funeral home. Online condolences may be left at Arrangements are under the direction of Zimmerman Funeral Home, 206 E.. Washington, Howard.

Prairie Star - April 14, 2010


Evelyn J. Allen, age 67, a resident of Moline, passed away Thursday, April 8, 2010 at the Greenwood County Hospital in Eureka.

She was born on April 25, 1942 in Vinita, Okla., the daughter of Elgin and Eldora (Curry) Sherrick. She attended school in Bartlesville, Okla., and was a graduate of Bartlesville High School.

On June 13, 1969 Evelyn was united in marriage to Richard G. Allen in Bartlesville, Okla. Evelyn worked as a cook for West Elk High School. She was a member of the Moline Christian Church where she sang in the choir. Evelyn was also a member of the Cattlewomen's Association. She loved spending time with her family especially her grandchildren. Evelyn was a friend to everyone she met.

She is survived by her husband Richard Allen of Moline; five daughters, Cindy Lopez of Independence, Debbie Eastman of Bartlesville, Okla., Diana Wintle of Parsons, Karla "Sissy" Julian of Moline, and Lori Talley of Eureka; two sons Jeff Allen of Boulder, Colo., and Chad Alien of Moline; one brother Charles Sherrick of Nowata, Okla.; 17 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and four great-grandchildren on the way.

Evelyn was preceded in death by her parents, one brother, one granddaughter and one niece.

Funeral services were held Saturday, April 10, 2010 at Moline Christian Church with Pastor Stan Rumbaugh officiating. Interment was at the Moline Cemetery.

Family suggests memorial contributions to Moline Christian Church and may be left with the funeral, home. Online condolences may be left for the family at www. countrysidefh. com. Arrangements are under the direction of Zimmerman Funeral Home of Howard.

Prairie Star - February 20, 2013


Jerry Ray Allen, age 76, a resident of rural Howard, passed away Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013 at his home.

He was born in Sedgwick County, Kansas on Jan. 17, 1937 the son of Arthur and Fanny (Milton) Allen.

On July 20, 1978 Jerry was united in marriage to Norma J. Criger. Jerry was a lifelong rancher who loved working with his horses and cattle. He raised and trained many colts throughout his working years. Jerry was a member of the Kansas Rifle Association, NRA, AQHA and Farm Bureau. He enjoyed spending time with his family and grandchildren.

Jerry is survived by his wife Norma Allen of Howard; two sons, John Borst, Scott Borst and his wife Leanna all of Pratt, Kan.; one daughter Cindy Borst of Great Bend, Kan.; one stepson Dan Harrison and his wife Carla of Haysville, Kan.; nine grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother Wayne Allen and two sisters; Pauline Young and Lorrine Cowell.

Graveside funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, 2013 at Grace Lawn Cemetery in Howard. Visitation will be Friday from 1-2 p.m. at the funeral home.

Family suggests contributions be made to the Harry Hynes Hospice and may be left with the funeral home. Online condolence may be left for the family at Arrangements are under the direction of Countryside-Zimmerman Funeral Home in Howard.

February 1980


Mary Alice Hinkle Allen was born at Emporia, Kansas on May 17, 1891 to Hugh and Alice Chambers Hinkle. She passed away on February 9, 1980 in the Howard Twilight Manor Nursing Home at the age of 88. Alice was a graduate of Emporia High School and attended two years at the Normal College which is now Emporia State University. After College, she taught school until her marriage to William Earl Allen at Emporia, Kansas on August 25, 1915. To this union were born two children, Mary Alice and Bill.

In 1916 they moved to Howard and Mr. Allen established the Allen Drug Store. After his death in 1956, she remained in Howard until March of 1964 when she moved to the Elk Manor Nursing Home in Moline, Kansas. In November of 1966 the Howard Twilight Manor Nursing Home was opened and Alice was one of the first residents to move in.

She joined the Methodist Church at the age of 12 and remained a faithful member until her death. Alice was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, two sisters, and two brothers.

She is survived by her son, Bill of Littleton, Colorado; her daughter, Mrs. Mary Alice Houston of Eureka, Kansas; four grandchildren, one great grandchild, and a host of relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held at 2:30 P.M. Wednesday, February 13,1980 at the Zimmerman Funeral Home with Rev. John Evans of the Howard United Methodist Church officiating. Mrs. Robin Smith was the organist and Mrs. Louise Morgan sang, "Amazing Grace" and "One by One We'll Be Gathered Home". The Casket Bearers were John Batson, Glenn D. Miller, Waldo Gray, Robert Stephens, Ray Rex Allen, and Dr. Robert Buchele. Interment was held in the Grace Lawn Cemetery at Howard, Kansas. A memorial has been established with the Howard United Methodist Church. The services were directed by the Zimmerman Funeral Home at Howard.

Prairie Star - March 28, 2012


Patricia Ann “Pat” Allen, age 84, a resident of Howard, entered eternal life on Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at the Howard Twilight Manor.

She was born on July 31, 1927 in Emporia, the daughter of Cecil R. and Susan Pearl (Markel) Allen. After graduating from Howard High School Pat attended and graduated from Business School in Chillicothe, Mo.

In April 1947, Pat began working for Phillips Petroleum and she retired on Feb. 1, 1983 as a senior draftsman. She moved back to Howard and owned and operated Allen’s Retail Liquor until December 1988.

Pat became a resident of Howard Twilight Manor in August 2006. She was a member of the Rebekah Lodge, American Legion Auxiliary, Howard Investment Club, Howard Chamber of Commerce and Howard City Library Board.

Pat is survived by the ones she called her family: Matt, Carla, Brooklyn and London Hilton of Howard. She was preceded in death by her parents.

Funeral services were held Saturday, March 24, 2012 at Countryside-Zimmerman Funeral Home with Pastor Charles Cryderman officiating. Interment was held at Grace Lawn Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to either the West Elk Scholarship Fund with Howard Alumni Association or the Howard Twilight Manor and may be left with the funeral home. Online condolences may be left at www.countrysidefh. com. Arrangements are entrusted to Countryside-Zimmerman Funeral Home, Howard.

February 1996


HOWARD — James Lee Alley Jr., 55, child psychologist’s assistant, of Howard, died Feb. 12, 1996, in the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Wichita.

Memorial services will be 11 a.m. Saturday in Flint Hills Assembly of God in Howard. The Rev. Robin Haines will officiate. Cremation has taken place. Zimmerman Funeral Home of Howard is in charge of arrangenients.

A memorial has been established with the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Alley was born Aug. 11, 1940, in Hugoton, the son of James Lee Alley Sr. and Bernice (Jennings) Alley. He attended Hugoton schools and graduated from North High School in Wichita.

He entered the U.S. Army in November 1962 and was honorably discharged in 1966 with a service-connected disability.

For many years he lived in Wichita. He attended vocational technical school for six years and became a child psychologist’s assistant. He was also a guard for Pinkerton Security at a meat packing plant in Wichita.

On March 21, 1983, he married Linda Irene Beard in Wichita. They moved to Howard in 1984.

He was a member of the Disabled American Veterans and American Legion.

Survivors include his wife, Linda Alley, Howard; two sons, Jamcs L. Alley III and Edward Alley, both of Wichita; three daughters, Linda Alley, Dominicka Alley and Miatosha Alley, all of Howard; a stepson, Paul Shattuck Jr., Howard; two stepdaughters, Melinda Steffen, Parsons, and Brenda Harris, Howard; his mother, Bernice Alley, Wichita; two brothers, Donald Alley, Wichita, and Ronald Alley, Denver; three sisters, Joyce Alley, Wichita, Betty Brown, Topeka, and Marilyn Kay Alley, Chicago; and five grandchildren.

Prairie Star - January 14, 2009


Arthur E. Allison, age 96, a resident of Howard, passed away Thursday, Jan. 8, 2009 at Howard Twilight Manor.

He was born on Dec. 4, 1912 west of Howard at-Union Center the son of Alpheous and Eliza (Burton) Allison.

He attended school at the Highland Rural School and Howard High School. On June 1, 1953 Arthur was united in marriage to Janice Wright in Newton.

Throughout his working life Arthur farmed and worked some in the oil fields.

He is survived by his wife Janice of Howard. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers; John and Henry Allison.

Cremation has taken place and private inurnment will take place at a later date. Contributions are suggested to the Howard Twilight Manor and may be left with the funeral home. Online condolences at

Arrangements are under the direction of Zimmerman Funeral Home, Howard. The Wichita Eagle - 23 May 1997

MR. CARL E. ALLISON - Submitted by Jerry Jackson

Allison, Carl Edwin, 52, retired Metropolitan Baptist Church custodian, died Tuesday, May 29, 1997. Services 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Immanuel Baptist Church, Wichita, Kansas; 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Fort Scott National Cemetery.

Survivors: wife, Sharon; stepson, William Hudson, brothers, Virl, Ron, all of Wichita, Kansas; sister, Maxine Thorne of Independence, Kansas. Memorial has been established with Immanuel Baptist Church Music Department. Hillside Funeral Home East, Wichita, Kansas.

Elk County Citizen-Advance News, Wednesday, June 4, 1997

Carl Edwin Allison, 52, of Wichita, Kansas passed away Tuesday, May 20, 1997.

Carl was born December 5, 1944 to John and Margaret Jacobs Allison at Eureka, Kansas. He served in the Army in Vietnam. He was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church in Wichita, Kansas. He was custodian for Metropolitan Baptist Church in Wichita, Kansas.

Survivors include his wife, Sharon Allison of Wichita, Kansas; one stepson, William Hudson of Wichita, Kansas; two brothers, Virl Allison and Ray Allison both of Wichita, Kansas; and one sister; Maxine Thorne of Independence, Kansas

Funeral services were held Tuesday, May 27, 1997 the Immanuel Baptist Church. Graveside services were held Tuesday afternoon at Fort Scott National Cemetery.

A memorial has been established with the Immanuel Baptist Church Music Department, 1415 South Topeka, Wichita, Kansas 67211.

Prairie Star - July 8, 2015


Janice Alma Allison, age 86, of Howard passed away Wednesday, July 1, 2015, at Howard Twilight Manor. Janice was born Nov. 19, 1928, in Spencer, W.V., the daughter of Robert and Ethel (Stracher) Wright.

Janice married Arthur Allison June 1, 1953. They were married 55 years before Art passed away on Jan. 8, 2009.

She was a member of the Flint Hills Assembly of God Church and the women’s auxiliary. Janice enjoyed knitting and crocheting, and loved being outdoors, gardening, and helping on the farm.

Janice is survived by her daughter Brenda Coble of Howard; sister-in-law Pam Wright; nieces Janice Nading, Maxine Thorne, Patsy Lay; great-niece Tabitha Harper; nephews Cleon James, Steve James, Russell Wright; and three great-nephews Mikey Nading, Levi Nading, and Brian James.

She was preceded in death by her parents Robert and Ethel; sisters Betty Hufford and Ruby Noletensmyer; brothers Raymond Wright, Roy Wright, Robert Wright; and nephew Charlie Waggoner.

A Memorial Service will be held Wednesday, July 8, at 10 a.m., at the Flint Hills Assembly of God Church. Memorials are suggested to the family to help with cost of services and may be mailed to the funeral home at P.O. Box 1233, Howard, KS 67349. Countryside Funeral Home is in charge of cremation.

On-line condolences may be left at

Sedan Times-Star - February 25, 2004


GRENOLA, Kan. - Velma E. Allison, 97, formerly of Grenola, Kan., passed away on Friday morning, Feb. 20, 2004, at Winfield Rest Haven.

Born Sept. 20, 1906 in Woodward, Harper County, Okla., she was the daughter of James Roy and Bertha (Larimore) Scovel. She was reared and educated in Woodward, where she graduated from high school. She then graduated with her teaching certificate from the college at Alva, Okla. She taught for a few years before she met Curly Allison.

On Aug. 12, 1932 she was united in marriage to F. R. “Curly” Allison at Woodward, Okla. The couple made their home in rural Woodward until they moved to the Cambridge area in 1940. She was a devoted wife and mother to her family. They managed the Ferguson Ranch, east of Cambridge, until Mr. Allison passed away in 1975. In 1976, she moved to Grenola, where she resided until August of 2000. Due to failing health, she moved to live at Winfield Rest Haven until her passing.

She was a member of the Grenola United Methodist Church, where she was involved in the United Methodist Women. She was a Sunday School teacher for many years and enjoyed playing the piano. She loved her grandchildren and family, cooking and sports.

Survivors include her sons and daughter-in-laws, Ron and Mary Alice Allison and Max Allison, all of Grenola, Kan. and Cliff and Karen Allison, Roswell, NM; her daughters and son-inlaws, Verna and Bill Brooks, Sedan, Kan. and Rita and Gary Baker, Rose Hill, Kan.; her sister, Louise Scovel, Winfield, Kan., 16 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and one great great grandchild.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Carol Stegelman in January 2004, a daughter-in-law, Juvene Allison and two brothers and one sister.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, Feb. 26, 2004, at 10:30 a.m. at the Grenola United Methodist Church. Interment will follow at Greenwood Cemetery in Grenola.

Memorials have been established in Mrs. Allison’s name for the Grenola United Methodist Church and Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice. Contributions may be made through the Miles Funeral Service in Winfield.

August 1995


HOWARD Dessle Aletha Amberg, 104, died Tuesday at the Howard Twilight Manor nursing home.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the Howard Twilight Manor with the Rev. Rabin Haines of the Flint Hills Assembly of God in Howard ofilciating. Burial will be in Grace Lawn Cemetery under direction of Zimmerman Funeral Home. A memorial has been established with Howard Twilight Manor and may be left at the funeral home.

She was born on Dec. 23, 1890, at Miami, Okla., to James R and Martha (Shoemaker) McCurry. When she was 11 months old, her family moved to a farm in Lincoln County, Okla., where she attended school. At the age of 15, she became a member of the Baptist church.

She married Fred Abner Amberg in July 1940, and they lived on a farm near Howard for many years. He died In 1976. She moved to Howard Twilight Manor in 1982.

She is survived by a stepson, Lyle Amberg, Landenberg, Pa.; and two stepgranddaughters.

Unknown Newspaper - January 29, 1970

MRS. ANNA L. AMES - Submitted by Dan Durbin

Anna Ames Services Held
Anna Laura Ames, daughter of George Washington and Sarah Elizabeth Steward, was born Nov. 24, 1876 at McMinnville, Tenn., and passed away Jan. 29, 1970 at Sedan hospital at the age of 93 years.

Anna was truly a pioneer citizen since at the age of one year she traveled with her parents and 10 older brothers and sisters in a covered wagon from Tennessee to Kansas. During this arduous journey her father disagreed with the other members of the wagon train by refusing to travel on Sunday, the day of rest. Because of this rest, the Stewarts were able to rejoin the other members of the wagon train by mid-week.

The Stewart family settled in Edgerton, Kan. where from earliest childhood Anna was affiliated with the Presbyterian Church.

On Jan. 8, 1897 she was united in marriage to Edwin E. Ames and immediately made their home in Moline.

She was a charter member of the Neptune Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star, Royal Neighbors of America and was very active in the Moline United Methodist Church.

Mrs. Ames had a child in the Moline Public Schools for 36 consecutive years. She lived in the same house for 70 years before residing at Elk Manor.

Her husband Edwin, daughter Helen and step-son Paul preceded her in death.

She is survived by three children, Maurine Read of Coffeyville, Kan.; George K. Ames of Moline, Kan.; and Donald E. Ames of Alexandria, Va. In addition, survivors include six grand-children, 16 great grandchildren and one great, great grandchild.

Services were held on Sun., Feb. 1 at the Watt Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Monroe Vaughn officiating. Burial was in the Ames Chapel Cemetery near Moline.

Prairie Star - May 9, 2012


AnnaBel “Ann” Ames, age 96, a resident of Moline, passed away Thursday, May 3, 2012 at the Sedan City Hospital in Sedan.

She was born April 11, 1916 in Oak Valley, the daughter of Jacob Washington and Laura (Huffaker) Frazier. She attended and graduated from Longton High School, class of 1934.

On June 9, 1940, Ann was united in marriage to L. E. “Chig” Ames in Independence.

Ann was a member of the Moline United Methodist Church, U.M.W., Eastern Star, the Musical and Literary Club and served as a committee member for establishing the Moline Medical Clinic.

Ann and Chig loved playing golf together. She also enjoyed knitting, crocheting, word search puzzles, Royals baseball and watching “Dancing with the Stars.”

Ann is survived by her son, William “Bill” Ames and wife Ginny of Rochester Hills, Mich.; her daughter, Marilyn Wilkerson and husband Leland of Lenexa, Kan.; four grandchildren, Michelle David, Nicole Rocklin, Laura Murphy and Angela May; six great-grandchildren, Dahlia, Ashur, Phoebe, Marlow, Emerson and Madison; nieces, Sharon, Debby and Janet; and nephew Joe.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband L.E. “Chig” Ames on June 30, 1980, one brother Walter Frazier, two sisters, Betty Watkins and Mary Mason and two sister-in-laws, Velda Frazier and Julie Frazier.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 10, 2012, at the Moline United Methodist Church with Pastor Bryce Hanson and Pastor Gary Parsons officiating. Visitation will be held Thursday from 10 a.m. until service time at the church. Interment will be held at Moline Cemetery.

Family suggests memorials to the Moline United Methodist Church or the Moline Community Rural Health Clinic and may be left or mailed to the funeral home. Online condolences may be left at

Arrangements are entrusted to Countryside-Zimmerman Funeral Home of Howard.

Unknown Newspaper - November 13, 1971

MR. ARTHUR M. AMES - Submitted by Dan Durbin

Obit-AMES, Arthur M. (Skeet)
Arthur M. Ames, Car Dealer, 66, Rites in Moline
Moline, Kan---Services for Arthur Mahlon (Skeet) Ames, 66, co-owner of Ames Chevrolet Co., will be at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday in United Methodist Church. He died Saturday.

A lifelong resident of Moline, he was operator of the oldest Chevrolet dealership in Kansas.

Survivors include his widow, Juanita; three sons, Mahon H., Merritt Island, Fla., Joseph M., Moline, and Robert L., Batesville, Ark. And a brother, L. E. Moline.

Prairie Star - May 256, 2011


Donald Edwin Ames, age 95, died Jan. 27, 2011. Donald was born on Oct. 28, 1915 in Moline, the youngest child of Edwin E and Anna L. Ames.

Donald attended Moline schools and graduated Valedictorian of Moline High School. He then attended the College of Emporia, the University of Kansas with a B.A. degree, and Northwestern University with a Masters degree.

He was inducted in the U.S. Army in 1942, serving at Fort Leavenworth, Fort Lewis, Wash., Hawaii and Japan.

After his Army discharge, he was employed by the Department of Defense in Washington, D.C. for 32 years.

Donald was very interested in the theater and travel.

Donald is survived by four nieces and one nephew; Barbara Read Neale of Bowling Green, Ken., JoAnn Read Mattson of Boulder, Colo., Patricia Ames London of Montrose, Colo., Kay Ames Karins of Montrose, Colo., and John Mullendore of Sugar Land, Texas.

Cremation has taken place, a memorial service and burial will be held at the Ames Chapel cemetery, south of Moline at 1 p.m., Tuesday, May 31, 2011, with pastor Susan Galvan officiating.

Services have been entrusted to Countryside-Zimmerman Funeral Home of Howard.

Howard Courant Citizen - August 1894

MRS. EDITH AMES - Submitted by Darlene Matthes

At her home in Moline, KS., Monday, July 30, 1894, at 4:45 a. m., Edith H., wife of Edwin E. Ames, age 27 years.

Edith Haven was born in Dyersville, DuBuque county, Iowa, September 29, 1867. Her father was Sylvester Haven who died at Dyersville the same year she was born, after which she at four years of age, came to Kansas with her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. E. S. Cummings, who settled at Elk Falls in 1871, and with whom she made her home. The greater part of her life was spent in this county. She attended Washburn College, Topeka, the school years of 1883 and 1884. She united with the Congregational church at Elk Falls in 1887.

On October 14, 1891, she was married to Edwin E. Ames of Moline, at the home of her cousin Mrs. Tom E. Thompson in Howard, she and her husband taking up their permanent home in Moline.

For the past year she has been in delicate health and she was ill equipped to battle with the fever which caused her death, despite the tender care of her devoted family and friends. She leaves a husband and a little son, Paul Haven Ames, aged eleven months, a mother, and a cousin who had been as a sister to her, and many other relatives to mourn her early death.

Funeral services were held at the M. E. church in Moline, Wednesday, July 31st, conducted by Rev. Day of that church, who spoke feelingly and impressively, the choir assisting with beautiful and appropriate music. The church was tastefully decorated and crowded with loving friends and neighbors, which evidenced the high regard with which Mrs. Ames was held by all who knew her. The remains were laid in their last resting place in the cemetery at Ames Chapel, near Moline.


During the last illness and after the death of Mrs. Edith Ames of Moline, which occurred Monday, her friends and neighbors in that city were untiring in their attentions and efforts to relieve her sufferings and assist and comfort the bereaved family. We never saw a more striking example of sympathy and consideration that was shown by the people of Moline in this instance, and as those who mourn a very dear cousin, the family of the junior Courant publisher desires to express to them our sincerest thanks and heartfelt gratitude.

Howard Courant - January 20, 1927

MR. ELBERT E. AMES - Submitted by L. Morgan

Elbert E. Ames, son of Mr. and Mrs. A. L. Ames, was born in Crawford county, Pa., Dec. 29, 1855. Died at Howard, Kansas, January 16, 1927, age 71 years, 18 days.

He settled in Greenwood county with his parents, on a claim in 1871. He was married to Ellen Copeland in 1882, at Carthage, Mo., and came to Howard in 1886, and has since made this city his home.

Four children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Ames. Minnie, who died in infancy; Forest Sidney, born in 1894, died at the age of fourteen months; Blanche, (now Mrs. Blanche Boulson, of Iola, Kas.) Roy E. Ames, of Howard.

Mr. Ames was for 26 years a faithful member of Howard Lodge, No 134, I. O. O. F.

Funeral services were held at the home, January 18, at 10 a.m., conducted by Rev. Hoopingarner, pastor of the M. E. church, assisted by the Howard Lodge, No. 134, I. O.O. F., with their beautiful ritualistic burial ceremony.

Rev. Hoopingarner in conducting the funeral service, spoke briefly, but eloquently of the character and virtues of the deceased brother, and the ceremonies of the Odd Fellows were impressively carried out. Burial was in Grace Lawn cemetery.

Unknown Newspaper - March 15, 2014

MRS. ELLEN C. AMES - Submitted by Dan Durbin

Ellen C. Hoots was born in Coles County, Illinois, February 20, 1838, her parents being pioneers in what was at that time the frontier. She grew to womanhood in the home where she was born and on January 23, 1862, was married to Geo. R. Ames who resided in the same neighborhood. She at once accepted the responsibility of being a real mother to the four sons of Geo. R Ames by a previous marriage and managed the farm during the more than four years of Mr. Ames' service in the Union armies in the Great Civil War. By her tireless devotion she so completely won the hearts of these four sons, Henry V., Joseph S., John E. and Geo. R. Jr., that they have always regarded her as a real mother in every meaning of the word.

To this union was born one son, Edwin E. Ames of Moline, Kansas. This family settles five miles from Moline in 1871 at a time when civilization was just beginning to penetrate this frontier region. It is probable that the hardships and privations of pioneering had a great deal to with developing the strong, self reliant, character that made Mrs. Ames such a power for good in our community.

Mrs. Ames joined the United Brethren church in girlhood. On coming to Kansas she united with the first church that was organized in this vicinity. This was the Methodist church of Ames Chapel which takes its name from this family. It has been her privilege to help in building five churches. She has served God and supported this work for more years than most men and women live in this world. She had a strong and abiding faith that sustained her in every crisis of life and in the end enable her to face eternity unafraid. She was one of the best loved women Moline has ever known and her loss in mourned not only by her son, Edwin E. Ames, and his family in whose home she spent her last years and all others who have the name of Ames but by every one who has known her and felt the benediction of a Godly life in a sinful world.

Funeral services for the deceased was held in the new Methodist church she had watched reared from the lowest foundation to the roof, on Monday afternoon, March 17, conducted by Rev. M. G. McIntosh, the former pastor, using as text, Psalm 90 : 12, and interment was made in Ames Chapel cemetery.

Moline Review, July 30, 1903

MR. GEORGE R. AMES - Submitted by Dan Durbin

George R. Ames was born February 28, 1823, in Wayne county, Pennsylvania. January 29, 1845, he united in marriage with Miss Catherine J. McLain, and the family home was established in New Jersey.

Providence sent to cheer this home four sons, Henry V., Joseph S., John E. and George R. Jr.

In 1855 removal was made to Cole's county, Illinois, near Mattoon, where in April, 1859, the wife and mother was called away by death.

Father Ames married again. Miss Ellen C. Boots, became the wife and cheerfully devoted her life to the care of the home and its motherless children. Today, with Christian submission, she sits in honored widowhood. Of the union one son was born, Edward E. Ames.

In 1871, G. R. Ames desiring land for his boys, migrated to Southern Kansas, and located upon that portion of the wild prairie which is now known as the "Ames Chapel" farm five miles south of Moline.

G. R. Ames had an honorable record of service at the front in the Union army. His enlistment was in the Tenth Illinois cavalry in 1861 and by re-enlistment covered a term of four years and four months.

His record of service in the Christian church is still better and includes forty-two years. He was converted in 1861, and joined the "United Brethren".

In 1873, Rev. Stine, a pioneer Methodist Episcopal minister opened a meeting in the Center schoolhouse" near the Ames home. A revival and ingathering resulted and a class was organized which Brother Ames joined by letter from the United Brethren church. His position in the church became and remained prominent. He faithfully kept his vows to the church of his choice, by a loyal, consistent, constant, loving, and generous service. He was noted for paying deficiencies which resulted from the neglect of others.

The noble physique and benignant face will not again appear upon the streets of Moline.

Thursday, July 26, 1903 "Grandpa" Ames was in usual health and unusual vivacity of spirits. At evening he joined in a family reunion and supper at the home of his son, Joseph. When returning home his old enemy neuralgia attacked him at the heart with unusual severity. All night everything that medical skill could suggest, and loving hands apply, was administered. In the morning at 7:30 he was composed to slumber, but a moment later a smile overspread his face and without any perceptible movement of a muscle the spirit passed upward.

"How blest the righteous when he dies,
When sinks a weary soul to rest."

The funeral services were held at the Methodist Episcopal church in Moline, July 26, 1903. In the necessary absence of the pastor, Rev. S. S. Murphy, D. D. of Baldwin, preached a sermon of remarkable fitness.

Interment was made in the "Ames Chapel" cemetery.


The Moline Review - October 1906

MISS GLADYS P. AMES - Submitted by Dan Durbin

Gladys Permelia Ames, only daughter of J. S. and Mertie L. Ames was born in Elk county, Kansas, December 2, 1892; and died at the home of her parents in Moline, Kansas September 28, 1906

On January 8, 1905 she united with the Methodist Episcopal church on probation. At the time the other members of her class were received into full membership she was absent on account of ill health and consequently, was never received into full membership.

Gladys was an exemplary christian girl, and by her sweet, cheerful disposition scattered sunshine wherever she went. Just the day before she died she was lying upon her bed with her eyes closed, her mother sitting by her side, when suddenly she opened her eyes and looking around the room said, "Everything is so bright, mamma; what makes it?"

One year ago last February she fell, bruising her left hip. This bruise terminated in what her physicians pronounced sarcoma, which proved fatal. On the 28 of May she was taken by her parents to St. Joseph's hospital, Kansas City, where neither money nor effort was spared to restore health but physicians, science, skill, all were baffled and death claimed his victim. She leaves father, mother, two brothers and other relatives to mourn for her.

Her funeral was conducted by her pastor, Rev. J. R. Hankins, assisted by her former pastor, Rev. G. E. Tifft of Howard, Rev. W. C. Goodwin and her Sunday school superintendent, S. Z. Ellsworth.

She was interred in the cemetery at Ames Chapel. At the funeral the church was filled to overflowing with sympathizing friends.

The Moline Republican - September 17, 1897

MR. JOHN E. AMES - Submitted by Dan Durbin

Obit-AMES, John E.-1897

John E. Ames was born in Somerset county, New Jersey, January 3, 1849. In the spring of 1871, with the rest of the family, he came to Kansas and settled in what is now the Ames Chapel neighborhood near Moline, in Elk county, where the home has ever since been. December 20, 1874 he was united in marriage with Miss Mary J. Melvin.

For more than a year he had suffered intensely with disease which baffled all treatment, until, worn out and discouraged, he was taken to Kansas City, Mo., for special treatment at a hospital but it was unavailing. A few day there finished the last stage of the earthly journey and about mid-day September 11, 1897, the tired wheels stood still, and John passed on into the higher home life "where the inhabitants never say, I am sick". On Sunday the 6 a.m. train brought to Moline the casket; attended by the bereaved wife and a brother, George Ames and wife. The faithful pastor, Rev. J. H. Hubbard, was waiting to receive them, also Mr. S. Z. Ellsworth with a carriage to convey them to the home; and Mr. Martindale with hearse.

At 4 p.m. the funeral service was held in the Ames Chapel. A short address from the stand point of "Christian character: by Rev. W. C. Goodwin, who had been associated with him in church work for fifteen years; then a sermon by the pastor, and the wasted body was laid to rest in the Chapel cemetery. A very large assemblage paid its tearful tribute of love to departed worth, "sorrowing most of all that they should see his face no more". In all its relations his life was a better eulogy than can be expressed in language. For many years he had been an officer in the M. E. church, safe to rely upon. He knew the value of the church and gave generously of time and money for it support.

Under his plain unostentatious demeanor dwelt a right royal soul with convictions and purpose unyielding. His character was above reproach. His religious experience was a daily experience of peace with God, love for His church and good will to his fellows. The widow, three daughter, the aged parents, with other relatives, have many to mourn with them.

Unknown Newspaper - December 9, 1989

MRS. JUANITA I. AMES - Submitted by Dan Durbin

Juanita Irene Ames, 81, of Moline, died Saturday, December 9, 1989, at St. Joseph Medical Center, Wichita. She was born March 4, 1908, in Mound Valley, to Henry and Sarah Jane (Barker) Hodge.

Juanita was a member of the United Methodist Church, the Eastern Star, and was a homemaker. She had been married to Arthur Mahlon Ames, who preceded her in death on November 13, 1971.

Survivors include two sons, Joseph M. Ames of Moline; and Robert L. Ames of South Lyon, MI; one stepson, Mahlon H. Ames of Rock Ledge, FL.; one sister, Bertha Davis of Moline; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, December 13, 1989 at 10:30 a.m. in the United Methodist Church at Moline. Interment was in the Moline Cemetery. Rev. LaDonna Carey officiated. Watt Funeral Home, Moline, was in charge of arrangements.

Unknown Newspaper - 1980

MR. LEE E. AMES - Submitted by Dan Durbin

AMES Lee E. (Chig)
Lee E. "Chig" Ames was born in Moline, Kansas on August 22, 1913, the son of Maud and Ora Ames. He was the youngest of three sons; Neighl preceded him in death in August, 1954 and Skeet in November, 1971.

He graduated from Moline High School in 1931 where he was very active in all sports. Chig attended the College of Emporia and graduated in 1935 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. In college, he lettered all four years in football and the two years that baseball was played. After graduation, he remained very active in the support of the College, and in 1970 was named Honorary Head Football Coach.

Upon graduation, he coached and taught in the Allen High School for one year, Elk City high School for one year and Sedan High School for 4½ years. He was proud of his undefeated football and basketball teams at Sedan in 1938-39.

He was united in marriage with Anna Bell Frazier on June 9, 1940. To this union were born two children: Marilyn Ann in 1943 and William Lee in 1948. He is survived by his wife and children. He also leaves three grandchildren; Michelle, Laura and Angela; a son-in-law, Leland; and a daughter-in-law, Ginny.

He received his appointment to the United States Border Patrol in December, 1941. He reported for duty in El Paso, Texas on January 2, 1942. He resigned from the Immigration Service in December, 1946 to become an active partner with his brother, "Skeet", in the Ames Chevrolet Co., a firm his father had begun in 1913. In recent years, Ames Chevrolet was recognized as the oldest continuing family Chevrolet dealership in the United States.

In November, 1971, he assumed the management and ownership of the firm, due to the death of his brother, "Skeet". The business continued with Chig as sole owner until January, 1980, when a corporation was formed with Chig and Bob Winn as owners.

Chig has been a Director of the Exchange State Bank since 1965. He served on the School Board for seven years, from 1948 to 1955. He held memberships in the Moline United Methodist Church, the Moline Masonic Lodge No. 267 A.F. & A.M., the Moline Chamber of Commerce, the Sedan Country Club, and the Lettermen's Club of C. of E. Through his business associations, he was a member of the Kansas Motor Car Dealer's Association, the National Automobile Dealer's Association, and was selected in 1979 to the Chevrolet Dealer Council. He was especially proud of this accomplishment as it demonstrated the type of respect that must be earned, not granted. Chig led a very active life - with his business being one of his genuine pleasures. The success of the dealership can be attributed both to the involvement of the Ames brothers and to the loyalty of the many employees who have contributed faithfully for 67 years.

Other than business interest, Chig's hobbies included a lifelong love of bird hunting and all types of sporting activities. In recent years, Chig took up the game of golf and became an avid and excellent golfer. The many golf courses and more importantly the many friends made through golf were a source of great pleasure to him.

His family, especially his three grand-daughters, brought great joy to his life. He will be greatly missed by a great many friends and business associates - and especially by his family.

The Moline Mercury - January 11, 1889

MRS. MARY I. AMES - Submitted by Dan Durbin

Mary I. Shearer was born in Randolph county, Indiana, June 4, 1859. In 1874, at a meeting held by the Baptist church, in Douglas county, Ill., she was converted and united with the church. Dec. 23, 1885 she was united in marriage with Joseph E. Ames of Ames Chapel, near Moline, Elk county, Kan., and with all her heart assumed the care of the home and the office of mother to the motherless children. By her loving kindness she won their hearts and made them her own.

She transferred her membership to the M. E. church, enjoyed its fellowship, served it loyally and adorned it with a meek and gentle spirit to the close of life.

On the twenty-second day of December, 1888, Sister Ames met with a terrible and fatal accident. While passing the stove, her clothing took fire and was consumed upon her with merciless fury, burning her person in a most shocking manner. The Drs. Adair were summoned and everything possible done to preserve a valuable life. Two weeks of physical agony was borne with uncomplaining fortitude and patience. She was resigned and cheerful, for "the form of the fourth" was with her. She talked calmly and joyfully of her dying; said she wanted to go and invited all to come and meet her in her heavenly home.

On the 5th of January, 1889, as the shadows of night were falling upon earth, Sister Ames triumphantly entered into the glories of an eternal day. On the following Sunday the funeral services were held at the Ames Chapel. An able discourse was preached by her pastor, Rev. G. W. Coleman, and the writer…… [Note: the rest of the article is not available at this time. She is interred in the Ames Chapel cemetery.]

Unknown Newspaper - April 26, 1939

MRS. MAUD A. AMES - Submitted by Dan Durbin

Maud Ardelia Havenar was born January 29, 1881, at Cherryvale, Kansas, and departed from this life on April 26, 1939, in St. Mary's Hospital, Winfield, Kansas, age 58 years, 2 months and 27 days.

She came to Moline with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. George E. Havenar in 1894, where she has since resided. She was united in marriage to Ora R. Ames on November 21st, 1900, at Moline and to this union were born three sons, Neighl R., Arthur Mahlon and Lee E., all of Moline.

Mrs. Ames united with the Methodist Episcopal Church in Moline at the age of 26; while Rev. I. R. Hankins was pastor, and spent many years of active service in her church being president of the Dorcas Circle while the new church was being financed, only quitting when poor health made it impossible to continue, but her interest and love for her church and her Lord never wavered. She was a charter member of the What-So-Ever Bible Class, organized 28 years ago from Mrs. Smethers class in the M. E. Sunday school. And was a member of the Royal Neighbors of America, Rebekah, and Eastern Stars orders, and of the Sunflower and L. O. B. G. Clubs, and Loyal Womens Class of the M. E. Church.

Mrs. Ames never considered any task too great that could make for more happiness or comfort in the lives of her husband and three sons and never having a daughter of her own gave a Mother's love and devotion to her son's wives, Ollie and Juanita, and was a true house mother to the teachers who have made their home with her while here that when leaving for other work they never forget "Mother Ames," as they affectionately called her and came back to see her many times.

Maud, as she was known to so many, has been a true and loyal friend throughout her life, always doing whatever she could to lighten anothers load, so that during her many weeks of illness she was showered with beautiful flowers, cards, letters, gifts, and visits from relatives and friends and each one was received with joy at the thoughtfulness of a friend.

She leaves to mourn her going: her husband, Ora R. Ames, and son Lee E. of the home, sons Neighl and Mahlon, and their wives Ollie and Juanita, three grandsons, Mahlon Hubert, Jr., John Rix and Joseph Michael, five sisters and their husbands who have always been like brothers, Minnie G. Craner and Jesse of Enid, Oklahoma; Millie J. Gibson and George of Winfield; Lucy A. Haines and Everette of Chanute; Pearl McCray and Herbert of Moline; Daisy Force and Mahlon of Arkansas City, one brother and wife, Earl A. and Hazel of Wichita; four nieces and five nephews and a host of friends.

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Funeral services were held from the Methodist Church Friday afternoon at 2:30 conducted by Rev. Chas. Ruhlen of Madison, Kansas. Interment in the Moline cemetery.

Unknown Newspaper - August 26, 1954

MR. NEIGHL R. AMES - Submitted by Dan Durbin

Neighl Rix Ames, son of Maud and Ora Ames, was born in Moline, Kansas, April 12, 1902 and died August 26, 1954 in his home at Cedar Vale, Kansas. He was a graduate of Moline High School and of Wichita Business College.

Neighl was united in marriage to Ollie Lee Lucas, of Howard, Kansas, November 14, 1923 at Clay Center, Kansas. To this union was born one son, Jack, who is now a resident of Wichita.

In 1922, he joined his father in the Chevrolet dealership at Moline, Kansas and managed this business for 21 years.

Neighl sold his interest in Ames Chevrolet to his brothers, Mahlon and Lee, and opened the Dodge-Plymouth dealership in Cedar Vale, which he operated from 1947 until his death.

He was a happy, genial boy and man; a kind and loving husband and father, and a friend to all. He held the respect and confidence of his friends and associates through his fairness and honesty in all his business relations. He was a member of the Moline Methodist Church from boyhood-later transferring his membership to the Cedar Vale Methodist Church. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge at Moline, of the Eastern Star and Lions Club of Cedar Vale. His interest and untiring efforts in all civic affairs won him many friends who will always remember the value of his presence.

He is survived by his wife, Ollie, his son Jack, his two brothers, Mahlon and Lee, and among other relatives, five nieces and nephews. A host of friends will miss his broad smile and friendly greeting.

Funeral services were held in the Cedar Vale Methodist Church, Saturday, August 28 at 9:30 a. m., conducted by the pastor, Rev W. L Shuler and Rev. O. W. Dewey of Moline. Soloists were Mr. Morris Smith and Mrs. Kenneth Call, accompanied by Mrs. R. D. Oltgen. The body was brought to Moline, and burial was made in the Moline Cemetery.

Out-of-town relatives to attend funeral were: Mr. and Mrs. H. R. Lucas, Pine Bluff, Ark.; Miss Lula E. Lucus, Mammoth Spring, Ark.; Mr. and Mrs. Martin Plouchberger, St. Louis, Mo.; Mr. and Mrs. H. H. Lucus, Beeville, Texas; Mr. and Mrs. M. A. Ames, Sr., Moline; Mr. and Mrs. M. A. Ames Jr., Wichita; Mr. and Mrs. Lee Ames, Moline; Mr. and Mrs. Mahlon Force, Ark City; Mrs. Lee Tucker and son, Denver, Colo.; Mr. and Mrs. Hoyt Hull, Tulsa, Okla.; Mr. and Mrs. Earl Havener, Wichita.

Prairie Star - November 2010


Bernice H. Anderson, age 73, a resident of Grenola, passed away Sunday, Oct. 31, 2010 at the William Newton Memorial Hospital in Winfield.

She was born on Nov. 13, 1936 in Granite City, Illinois the daughter of Harry and Christine (Hogan) Lowder.

In 1951 Bernice was united in marriage to Harvey Anderson in Vancouver, Wash. Bernice was a homemaker. She enjoyed reading, crocheting, gardening and watching her favorite TV programs.

Bernice is survived by her husband Harvey Anderson of the home; three daughters Cindy Kiel and Dianna Langley both of Grenola, and Teresia Anderson of Gresham, Ore., one son Glen Anderson of Gresham, Ore.; three grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, one son Mike Langley, one brother and one sister.

Graveside funeral services will be held at 2 p.m.. Wednesday. Nov. 3, 2010 at Greenlawn Cemetery in Grenola. with Pastor Robin Haines officiating.

Family suggests contributions be made to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and may be left with the funeral home. Online condolences may be left for the family at Arrangements are under the direction of Countryside - Zimmerman Funeral Home in Howard.

Unknown Newspaper - August 23, 2004


HOWARD — Benjamin Clark Anderson, 92, pf Wichita, died Monday at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita.

Services will be Monday at 2 p.m. at the Howard United Methodist Church with the Revs. Richard Gorham, Ethan Sayler and Bob Ford officiating. Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery at Grenola, under the direction of Zimmerman Funeral Home, Howard.

Mr. Anderson was born May 16, 1912 in Cameron, Mo,, to George and Ella (Clark) Anderson. He graduated from Grenola High School and attended Kansas State University for one year before becoming a farmer.

On July 25, 1937, in Wichita, he married Lillian Carter, and she survives. Mr. Clark became head of quality control for Mid-America Dairymen in Kansas City, Mo., from which he retired.

He was a 50-year member of the Masonic Lodge and the Order of the Eastern Star, Rotary International and a lifetime member of the United Methodist Church.

Other survivors include a daughter, Sonya Sayler, Wichita; three grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Howard Courant - September 14, 1933

MR. DAVID M. ANDERSON - Submitted by L. Morgan

David Morrison Anderson was born on the Darby Plains, Union county, Ohio, October 13, 1843 and passed away September 10, 1933. If his life had been spared one month and three days he would have reached the age of ninety years.

In his early boyhood his parents moved to the state of Iowa and assisted in the pioneering of that state.

At the beginning of the Civil War he enlisted at the age of twenty years in Company K of the Fourth Iowa Cavalry, was wounded in action at Columbia, Georgia, August 16, 1865 and was mustered out with his company at the close of the war. When with his regiment he engaged in a number of battles being in the saddle in the siege of Vicksburg for forty days and nights. He is the last member of his company.

At the close of the war he was united in marriage to Lizzie Hull in Henry county, Iowa. To this union one daughter was born. Both having passed to the great beyond.

In 1876 he was united in marriage to Almira Ramey, to this union six children were born. His wife and three children having preceded him in death.

He leaves to mourn his departure three children, one son; W.P. Anderson of Enid, Oklahoma, and two daughters; Mrs. Blanche Newland and Mrs. Edith Ingle, both of Piedmont, Kansas, sixteen grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild, three brothers, one sister and a host of other relatives and friends.

He was a firm believer in the one true and great religion. In his earlier life he became a member of the Congregational church. To those when he was closely related he gave positive assurance of being ready to go to that great reward.

The funeral services were at Piedmont, Tuesday afternoon, September 12, 1933, the resident M.E. minister preaching the sermon. Members of Carter-Rader Post American Legion, had charge at the cemetery with their beautiful memorial service.

Howard Courant - June 16, 1927

MRS. FERNE L. ANDERSON - Submitted by L. Morgan

Ferne Leora Forsyth was born near Howard, Kansas, July 26, 1898 and died at her home in this city on June 13, 1927 at the age of 28 years, 10 months and 17 days. She was one of the ten children of Charles Forsyth and Bertha Lewis Forsyth. Her early childhood and young womanhood was spent on a farm seven miles west of Howard. She attended the Highland school and was graduated from the eighth grade in 1914. The she entered the Howard High school and graduated with the class of 1918. The following year she taught the Chaplin school and later taught several months in her home district.

On September 18, 1919 she was united in marriage to Raymond Anderson and to this union was born two children, Billy Rex, now six years of age and Cleo Nadine, five.

Besides her husband and children she leaves to mourn her untimely death, her father and mother, five sisters, Mrs. Ralph Beam of Franklin, Indiana; Mrs. L. J. Thompson and Mrs. Carl Perkins of Howard; Mrs. Glenn Edwards of Gueda Springs; Mrs. M. G.

of St. Louis, Missouri and four brothers, Loren P. Forsyth of Corsicana, Texas; Glenn W. Forsyth of Wichita; Ray and Allen of Howard. She leaves many other relatives and friends who will miss her greatly.

She was converted early in life and on October 15, 1919, united with the Methodist church in this city and remained a faithful member until she was called home. Ferne was active in all work that was for the betterment of her home, church and community. She was a charter member of the American Legion Auxiliary of this place and has held an office in this organization every year since it was started. For several years she has been engaged in the millinery business here and was an honest, courteous and upright business woman with whom the public liked to deal.

Words are inadequate when we wish to tell of her many acts of kindness, of her thoughtfulness of those who were in sorrow and trouble and her patient, gentle nature which won the love and esteem of every one with whom she came in contact. Ferne was an obedient and dutiful daughter, a loving and helpful sister, a faithful wife, a devoted and patient mother and a true friend.

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Elk County Citizen - November 22, 1905

MR. JAMES B. ANDERSON - Submitted by L. Morgan

OBITUARY -- J. B. Anderson
James Ballard Anderson was born March 15, 1822 in Jefferson county, Indiana. Died in Howard, Kansas, November 13, 1905, age 83 years, 7 months and 29 days.

Mr. Anderson was converted early in life and united with the Baptist church. For 68 years he was a consistent member of this church, serving it as deacon for 50 years. He was a native of Indiana and lived in that state and Illinois prior to his coming to Howard in the year 1886.

He was married to Martha J. Lefeber November 29, 1848. They raised five children, Mrs. J. B. Trowbridge of Muncie, Indiana, Mrs. A. F. Eby of Howard, Dr. E. W. Anderson of Indianapolis, Indiana, Mrs. J. A. Boutell and Miss Martha Anderson, Howard. His wife, and a brother, W. G. Anderson , age 86, of Colfax, Ill., and the five children survive him.

Mr. Anderson was an exemplary citizen, a consistent Christian, and a pillar in the church of Christ. He was a life member of the Kansas Baptist State Convention, and one of the directors of the Howard National Bank. He and Mrs. Anderson celebrated their golden wedding November 29, 1898. Had he lived until the 29th of this month they would have been married 57 years.

The funeral service was conducted by his pastor at the Baptist church, in the presence of a large company of his fellow citizens. The sermon was based on Acts 11:24. “He was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit, and of faith.” The pastor spoke of his good parts in the home life, civic life, and church life, Not alone in these things did he excel, but as husband, father, and business man he was above reproach. On coming to Howard he became a leading factor in the life and development of our city, and as an architect and builder had left monuments of his wisdom and good judgment in some of our best buildings, conspicuous among which are the Baptist church, the Howard National Bank building, and the Metropolitan hotel. It can truthfully be said of him: “He was a wise master-builder, not alone in temporal things, but in spiritual and eternal things as well.” Having served the Master so well and so long, he has now entered into that “rest which remain for the people of God.”
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Howard Courant - June 25, 1931

MR. SAMUEL D. ANDERSON - Submitted by L. Morgan

Samuel Dill Anderson, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Aaron Anderson of Indiana, was born August 18, 1844, near Indianapolis, Indiana and departed this life June 22, 1931, at the age of 86 years 10 months and 4 days at his home in Howard, Kansas.

At the age of about 10 years he with his parents moved from Indiana to Iowa where he grew to manhood.

At the age of about 27 he was united in marriage to Miss Martha Powell of Afton, Iowa. To this union was born one son, E.K. Anderson of Howard. His wife passed away on September 4, 1874. he then moved to Butler County, Kansas, where he was united in marriage on December 3, 1876(?) to Miss Laura C. Rice of Atchinson county, Kansas. To this union were born seven children, three of whom preceded their father in death. They were Mrs. Nettie Nix, Luther A. and Lela Anderson; those living are: Mrs. Mary Leckliter of Farmington, New Mexico; Mrs. Lulu Springborn of Oakland, California, Leslie of Longton and Irving of Howard. Brother Anderson and his family moved to Elk County about 40 years ago and to Howard about 22 years ago.

He was a Christian gentleman and faithful to the things of highest ideal, having been converted at the age of 23, and a few months later received the blessing of entire santification. He was a member of the Cranston Chapel Methodist Episcopal church, later united with the Nazarene church of Howard where his membership remained unto the end. He was an ordained minister in that church having been ordained in 1906. Brother Anderson was faithful to the teachings of the Bible and always had a kind and inspiring word for those whom he came in contact. He was continually speaking of his home Over There and exerted all to prepare for that great event. He was ready and willing to go and his going is mourned by all who knew him. He leaves a wife, five children, seventeen grandchildren, six great grandchildren, other relatives and a host of bereaved friends who mourn his going.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, June 23rd, at the M.E. Church, conducted by Rev. W. C. Chappell, pastor. Burial at Grace Lawn cemetery, Howard

November 13, 1996


Richard Elmore Andrews, a retired ship fitter, died suddenly Wednesday, November 13, 1996, of heart failure at his home. He was 88 years of age. Mr. Andrews was born in Goodwell, OK. and lived in Tucson, AZ. for the last seven years. He retired from Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, Ca. in 1962.

He was a member of the Cactus Community Church of the Nazarene. Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Florence Morgan Andrews; two daughters, Bonnie D. Sweeden (Carl) and Evelyn A. Sweeden (Robert); two sons, Richard L. Andrews (Dottie) and Paul J. Andrews (Linda); foster children, Frank Alphin, Adele Alphin Santiago, and Karl Crawford; sisters, Clarice Andrews Anderson of Olney, MD. and Mary Ellen Snodderley of Howard, KS.(deceased December 9, 1996); brother, Albert M. Andrews of Wichita, KS.; 12 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by five sisters. Organs and tissues were donated to the Anatomic Gift Foundation of Arizona, Inc. for research A memorial service was held Saturday, November 23, 1996 at Cactus Community Church of the Nazarene in Tucson, AZ.

September 1994


Harold L. “John” Angell passed away Monday, September 19, 1994. He was 77 years of age. He lived in Wichita, KS. and was a retired salesman.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia Angell of the home, one son, Michael Frederick of Wichita. and one sister. JoAnne Wood of Mountlake Terrace, WA.

Funeral services were held Saturday, September 24, in the Brookside United Methodist Church in Wichita. Memorials are suggested to the church. Arrangements were made with the Lakeview Funeral Home of Wichita.

October 1992


Mrs. Ann R. Anson died in her sleep on October 17, 1992 at the age of 94 yrs. Mrs. Anson, a native of Longton, Elk, KS., was born Eva R. (Ann) Craig, the eldest daughter of Robert Henry Craig of Oak Valley and Alice May Pitts Craig of Culver, Ottawa, KS.

Mrs. Anson trained as a Registered Nurse at St. Mary’s Hospital in Kansas City, MO. in 1927 and worked in that profession for over fifty years, and was a resident of San Bernardino County, CA. for 40 yrs.

Mrs. Anson is survived by her husband, Harold F. Anson, a sister Theresa Louise Craig May, a daughter, Virginia L. Wilson, six grandchildren , Clark Craig Griffith and Edna Marlene Boggs by daughter Isla Marie (Betty) Kock, deceased, and Phillip Michael Browne, Frank Murray Browne, Stephan Mark Wilson, and Anthony Merle Wilson by daughter Virginia L. Wilson, fifteen greatgrandchildren and numerous great-great-grandchildren.

Services were held at Knopsnyder Mortuary Chapel, 22 Oct. 1992 at 10:00 AM followed by interment at Green Acres Memorial Park in Bloomington, CA.

Sedan Times-Star - January 03, 2007


Julie Anthony, 46, died Dec. 7, 2006. She was born April 13, 1960 in Pittsburg. She grew up in Shawnee attending Bluejacket, Hocker Grove, and SM Northwest schools. She also lived in Emporia with her family, attending Village Elementary for 2 years.

Julie was preceded in death by her companion Mike Runyon, her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Bud Lampson of Grenola, and Mr. and Mrs. Dale Neubecker of Grenola. She is survived by her parents, C. E. and Jeannine Neubecker, her brother David, brother and sister-in-law Mark and Diane Neubecker, niece and nephew Anna-Marie and Alex, ex-husband, Dave Anthony, step-son David Anthony and family, Jenme Johnson and daughter Abbey, and Mike Runyon’s extensive family. Julie was employed at House of Lloyd and U.S. Toy many years.

A Celebration of Julie’s Life was held at on Saturday, Dec. 16 at Porter Funeral Home, Lenexa. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to any animal cause, any charity of choice or the Grenola Senior Citizens, Grenola, KS 67346.

Unknown Newspaper - March 19, 2000


HOWARD — Alfred Dale Arbuckle, 81, of rural Grenola, died Sunday at his home.

Cremation has taken place. Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Grenola United Methodist Church, with Jim Sweet and the Rev, Don Foster officiating. Members of the American Legion will conduct military rites.

A memorial has been established with the Greenfield Township Board, and remembrances may be left with Zimmerman Funeral Home of Howard.

Mr. Arbuckle was born Dec, 7, 1918, on northwest of Grenola to John M. and Martha (Liebau) Arbuckle. He graduated from Grenola High School in 1937 and attended Emporia State College for a short time. In 1938, he moved to Fresno, Calif., where he attended Fresno City College. He was a member of the National Guard before enlisting in the United States Army in 1942. He was 7 stationed at the Presidio in San Francisco, and was later stationed at Fort Sheridan in Illinois.

On Dec. 4, 1943, he married Kathryn E. Whelehon at Highland Park, Ill., and she survives. The couple moved to Detroit, Mich,, in 1944, where they lived until moving to Jackson, Tenn. The couple moved from Jackson to Arkansas City in 1949, and remained there until moving to their farm near Grenola in June of 1953. He was a self-employed farmer and rancher during most of his life.

He was a member of the advisory board for the Valley of Hope Association, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion Ferguson-Spease Post at Moline, and the Grenola United Methodist Church.

Other survivors include a son, John M. Arbuckle, Grenola; a daughter, Deborah Stonehocker, Hendersonville, Tenn.; a stepsister, Helen Murphy, Fresno, Calif.; and five grandchildren.

Unknown Newspaper - January 13, 2000

MRS. FRANCES E. ARBUCKLE - Submitted by FofFG - A.W.

SEDAN - Frances Emily Arbuckle, 84, of Peru, died Thursday at St. Francis Medical Center in Wichita. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Epiphany Episcopal Church in Sedan. Interment will be in the Moline Cemetery, with the Rev. Barbara Bloxsom of the Epiphany Episcopal Church officiating. Graves-Baird Funeral Home, Sedan, is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials in her name have been established with the American Heart Association and the Epiphany Trust Fund, and contributions may be left with the funeral home.

Mrs. Arbuckle was born June 4, 1915, at Halstead. to Irvin V. and Eva E. (Richardson) Polson. She was a member of the Sedan Epiphany Episcopal Church and St. Agnes Guild.

On March 31, 1934, at Wichita, she married Edward L. Arbuckle, and he died in 1989.

Survivors include three sons, Larry Arbuckle, Andover, Ronald Arbuckle, Towanda, and John Arbuckle, Whittensville, Mass.; seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Prairie Star - August 1, 2012


Kathryn “Eileen” Arbuckle, age 89, a longtime resident of Grenola, died Tuesday, July 24, 2012 at her home, Caney Valley Ranch.

She was born April 18, 1923 in Ironton, Iron County, Mo., the daughter of Paul Aloysious and Kathryn Adelaide (Whitworth) Whelehon.

Through the eighth grade, Eileen attended St. Joseph Catholic School in Arcadia, Mo. She then attended the St. Ursuline Academy for girls as a day scholar. In 1941 she moved to St. Louis, Mo., and was employed by Shapleigh Hardware Company. She worked in the credit and debit department, posting in ledgers. In 1942 Eileen returned to Arcadia, Mo. She was employed at the Arcadia Post Office until she married. She met her future husband 1st Lieutenant A. Dale Arbuckle by way of her brother Paul Whelehon.

Eileen married Dale Arbuckle on Dec. 4, 1943 at Ft. Sheridan, Highland Park, Ill., near Chicago. Shortly thereafter, they were transferred to Fort Wayne in Detroit, Mich. Eileen worked in the receiving department of The Post Exchange at Fort Wayne. In 1946 she worked as a checker at the Commonwealth Bank of Detroit. After her husband’s discharge from the army in 1947, they traveled to Fresno, Calif., to be with family members. In April of 1948, Eileen and Dale moved to Jackson, Tenn., where they shared in the ownership of a Falstaff Brewing Distributorship.

From Tennessee, Eileen and Dale moved to Arkansas City. There they owned and operated a Purina Feed and Hatchery business. In June of 1953 they moved to Dale’s family homestead north and east of Grenola. Eileen has resided at this family residence since that time.

Eileen is survived by one son Jon Mark Arbuckle and his wife Trudy Ann (White) of Grenola, one daughter Deborah Ann (Arbuckle) Stonehocker and her husband James Perry Stonehocker of Hendersonville, Tenn., five grandchildren, Lance Arbuckle and his wife Jennifer of Rogers, Ark., Adam Arbuckle and wife Andrea of Grenola, Martha Arbuckle of Grenola, Kathryn Stonehocker McConnell and her husband Christian of San Antonio, Texas and Austin Stonehocker of Hendersonville, Tenn., six great grandchildren, four nieces and three nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Kathryn and Paul Whelehon, her husband A. Dale Arbuckle, brothers Paul, Winston, Norman, Jim and Mike Whelehon, sisters Sue Ellis, Rose Mary and Ann Whelehon.

Eileen will especially be remembered for her gracious manner and countenance. Her acts of kindness, her sympathy for those in distress were part of her character. Eileen’s unselfish regard for the welfare of her family and friends will not be forgotten by those who knew her well. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

Per Eileen’s wishes she has been cremated. A graveside memorial service will be held Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012 at 8 a.m. at Greenlawn Cemetery in Grenola.

The family would welcome memorials to the Greenfield Township Board Maintenance and Preservation Fund for the Grenola Community Building or Hospice Care of Kansas in Winfield and may be sent to Countryside-Zimmerman Funeral Home, P.O. Box 1233, Howard, KS 67349. The preservation and keeping the Grenola Community Building has always been a priority in the life of Eileen’s late husband Dale Arbuckle. In preserving this hall it will not only have served those before us, but the present and future generations from this area will continue to enjoy this wonderful landmark of Grenola.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.countrysidefh. com. Arrangements are under the direction of Countryside-Zimmerman Funeral Home in Howard.

Prairie Star - February 12, 2014


Loyd Arbuckle, 87, former owner of Mid Kansas Oil Company and Elk County rancher, passed away Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014.

He was born Aug. 2, 1926 to Wiley and Grace (Morris) Arbuckle in Grenola, Kan. He was a long time member of Riverside Christian Church in Wichita and a devoted family man.

He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Helen; children, Connie (Phil) Fullerton, Barry (Jan) Arbuckle and David (Sherry) Arbuckle, all of Wichita; brothers, Wilbur and Ralph (Martha) Arbuckle; grandchildren, Gregory Arbuckle, Amanda Wyatt, Aaron Fullerton, Jennifer Zucker, Ashley Ruckman and Lance Arbuckle; eight grand grandchildren, many nieces and nephews and “Buddy” the dog.

He is preceded in death by: parents; sisters, Fern Hartke and Nell Schubert and twin brother, Boyd.

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, at Riverside Christian Church with graveside at 2:30 p.m. at Green Lawn Cemetery, Grenola.

Memorials have been established with: Riverside Christian Church 1001 Litchfield, Wichita, KS 67203, Kansas Humane Society 3313 N. Hillside, Wichita 67219 or Rainbow Meadows Equine Rescue, 1949 Dalton Rd. Sedan, KS 67361.

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June 1995


IOLA — Beryl E. Archer, 80, homemaker and clerk, of 401 N. Third St., Iola, formerly of Winfield, died June 21, 1995, at Allen County Hospital.

Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Highland Cemetery in Iola. The Rev. Earl Bell will officiate.

A memorial has been established with the American Cancer Society. Waugh-Yokum Friskel Memorial Chapel, Iola, has charge of arrangements.

Archer was born Aug. 11, 1914, in Howard, the daughter of Owen and Olive (Abbott) Oliver. The family moved to Winfield when she was a child. She graduated from Winfield High School in 1932.

She married Clay W. Archer March 13, 1934, and they made their home on a farm near Winfield. In 1951, they moved to Iola, where she worked as a clerk at Scott’s and TG&Y variety stores. He died Sept. 8, 1992.

Survivors include a son, Alan Archer, Iola; a sister, Leota Kaufman, Hooker, Okla.; a grandson and two great-grandchildren.

Howard Courant-Citizen - January 16, 1947

MR. CHARLES F. ARMSTRONG - Submitted by Louise Havens

Charles Fredrick Armstrong, for many years a resident of the north part of Elk county, passed away at the home of his son, Richard Armstrong, in Sedan Saturday evening, January 11th, at 9:20, following a stroke which he suffered Wednesday evening while at his son's garage in that city. Funeral services were held from the Moon Chapel in Howard at 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, January 15th, conducted by Rev. Frank Ryerson of Sedan. The pall bearers were Bob Marrs, Willis Miller, John Garison, Jr., Bill Allen, Willard Morss, Andrew Sculley. The music was furnished by a quartet composed of Mrs. Willard Morss, Mrs. John Garison, Sr., Bob Marrs and Wilbur Wright, with Mrs. Willis Miller as accompanist. Burial was in Grace Lawn cemetery.

Charles Fredrick Armstrong was born June 28, 1879, and lived most of his life in this community. For some time he and Mrs. Armstrong had been living at Severy, but recently went to Sedan to make their home with their son, Richard, while Dick's wife, Mrs. Pauline Allen Armstrong, was completing her term of school as a teacher in the Moline grade schools.

Besides his wife and son, Dick, he is survived by eight other children: Mrs. Earl Whitecotton of Denver, Colorado; Mrs. Earl Kimball, Delta Colorado; Mrs. Eva Smith, Wichita; Mrs. Eleanor VanZandt, Kellogg, Idaho; Charles Armstrong, Steamboat Spring, Colorado; Loyd Armstrong, Howard; Albert Armstrong, Dexter and Bob Armstrong of Wichita. All of the children but Charles, who suffered an eye injury a few days before, were with their mother for the funeral services. Mr. Armstrong is also survived by 12 grandchildren, two sisters, Mrs. Ruth Dunlap of Lincoln, Arkansas, and Mrs. Lily Davis of Severy, and two brothers, Homer and Lee Armstrong, of Howard.


Howard Courant-Citizen - January 21, 1947

MR. CHARLES F. ARMSTRONG - Submitted by Louise Havens

Charles F. Armstrong was born in Jackson County, Missouri, June 28, 1877. He departed this life January 11, 1947, at the home of his son, Richard Armstrong, in Sedan, Kansas. His marriage to Miss Marguerite E. Decker took place at St. John, Kansas, August 4, 1905. He followed farming and carpentering. He resided at Severy, Kansas, during the past 27 years. He and Mrs. Armstrong came to Sedan recently to make their home with their son, Richard, and Mrs. Armstrong. He is survived by his wife and nine children, Mary, Denver, Charles of Oak Creek, Colorado, Elnora, Kellog, Idaho, Ruth, Delta, Colorado, Robert and Eva of Wichita, Albert, Dexter, Kansas, Lloyd, Howard and Richard of Sedan. There are twelve grandchildren. Services were held Wednesday afternoon in the Moon chapel, Howard, and burial was in the Grace Lawn cemetery of Howard. Rev. Frank E. Ryerson was the officiating minister.---Sedan Times-Star.

Note: Error on birth year in obituary & tombstone. Correct birth year was 1879.

- August 1962

MR. DALLAS E. ARMSTRONG - Submitted by Louise Havens

Elk Falls Serviceman Is Killed in Germany
Specialist Dallas Eugene Armstrong, son of Mr. and Mrs. Howard Armstrong of Elk Falls, was killed recently in Germany when the military truck he was driving failed to make a curve. Armstrong joined the Army in Oct. 1960 and was stationed near Frankfurt, Germany. He was born near Moline Aug. 28, 1941, and attended the Elk Falls schools. He married Diana Loughry Jan. 7, 1961, while stationed in Dallas, Tex. His parents, his wife, and 2 sisters, Karen and Betty, Survive.

Funeral arraangements will be announced by Spurrier-Watt funeral home in Howard, and burial will be in Howard cemetery. The family has requested that memorials be donated to the Howard swimming pool fund, at either Howard bank.

Dallas Eugene Armstrong, husband of Diana F. Armstrong and son of Marjorie and Howard J. Armstrong, was born at Moline, KS, August 28, 1941, and departed this life August 15, 1962, in Bad Neustadt, Germany. Dallas was a Specialist E-4 in the United States Army, assigned to duty in Germany.

He graduated from Elk Falls high school in 1959. He joined the Army in October 1960 and married Diana F. Loughry on January 7, 1961 in Austin, TX, while he was stationed in Dallas, Texas. His parents, his wife, and two sisters, Karen and Betty, survive.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, August 26, 1962, at 2:30 p.m. in the Spurrier-Watt chapel in Howard, with the Rev. Dean Brown of the Howard Baptist church officiating. The music was presented by a quartet composed of Ray Jones, I.L. Lyons, Paul Cain and Roy Williams, accompanied by Eulala Bird. Casket bearers were: Daryl Jontra, Dale Pickell, John D. Pattison, Nicky Kill, Leslie Ford and Eddy Fox. Interment was made in Grace Lawn cemetery, Howard, KS, with military honors by the local Army Reserve unit.

November 1922


Elizabeth Jane Armstrong was born January 14, 1844 at Batavia, Iowa, and departed this life at her home three miles northwest of Howard, Kansas, on November 4, 1922, age 78 years, 9 months and 20 days. She was united in marriage to Philip H. Baughman on July 8, 1858, at Batavia, Iowa. To this union were born 13 children, seven girls and six boys.
Note: Interred in Grace Lawn cemetery, Howard.

Howard Courant - January 21, 1898

MR. GEORGE C. ARMSTRONG - Submitted by L. Morgan

The Postmaster of Moline and Editor of The Republican Passes Away

Wednesday night, January 19, at 11:55, George C. Armstrong of Moline, Kans., breathed his last.

The news of his death reached Howard on the early morning train and was a great shock to Mr. Armstrong’s many friends in this city.

He was taken sick last Sunday with pneumonia and the case rapidly took on the worst form, terminating in his death in four short days.

Mr. Armstrong was about forty-eight years of age. He was born in Indiana, but was raised in Illinois. He emigrated to Texas about twenty years ago, and from thence came to Kansas in about 1881. About twelve or fourteen years ago he embarked in the newspaper business one of the best country newspapers in Southern Kansas.

He was postmaster of Moline four years under the Harrison administration and was again appointed to that place by the McKinley administration. He was a good man and a popular citizen. He leaves a wife and several children, one daughter married--Mrs. Frank Smith. He carried some life insurance and leaves some property.

The funeral will be held at Moline today, Friday.

We will publish a suitable obituary next week.

Howard Courant,
January 28, 1898

From the Moline Republican, 21st; George C. Armstrong was born in Indiana, October 9, 1850. In early life he removed to Illinois where he met and won for his bride Miss Mary T. Good. To them were given two children, Lena and Orville, who, with their mother survive him, and are here today in sorrow. A few years were spent in various localities, but finally Moline was chosen as a permanent home.

Mr. Armstrong soon became one of the proprietors of the local paper, and afterward became its sole owner and manager.

He took a great interest in the affairs of the city, and contributed as much to its growth and prosperity as any other citizen of Moline.

As an editor, he was prominently identified with the political affairs of county and state. His voice was heard and his counsels respected in the assemblies of his political associates.

Fearless and outspoken with voice and pen, he wielded a strong influence in any cause he was led to espouse. Frank and open, no one could be in doubt as to where he stood upon any question under discussion. Sometimes in the wrong, many of us thought, yet whatever he believed he wrote and spoke. There was no concealment about the matter.

In business matters Mr. Armstrong was honorable. These seemed one of his strongest tenets, that men should deal fairly and squarely with each other and that which he preached along this line he practiced. He detested dishonest practices, every pretense, anything that savored of hypocrisy. Generous himself, he expected to find this trait in all of those who made any claim to goodness and was often bitterly disappointed. It was this trait of character that led him to pen such scorching words of denunciation as sometimes appeared in his editorials.

Mr. Armstrong was also prominently connected with lodge life in Moline. Admitted to the order of Odd Fellows Sept 1, 1888, he became an active worker and filled the chairs with credit, was a member in good standing at the time of his death.

(This eloquent obituary has been abbreviated)

About 1960

MR. HOMER J. ARMSTRONG - Submitted by Louise Havens

Homer J. Armstrong Services on Wednesday
Homer J. Armstrong, retired farmer and stockman of Howard, died at 8:40 a.m. Sunday in Newton Memorial Hospital. He had been in failing health for several years and was admitted to the hospital Thursday.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Moon chapel in Howard with Rev. Dean Brown officiating. Burial will be in Cresco cemetery north of Howard.

Mr. Armstrong was born Oct. 31, 1886 on a farm near Independence, MO., the son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas S. Armstrong. He came to Kansas when a year old and has spent the rest of his life in Elk County.

He was married to Rozella Poole, who died about 15 years ago. On March 4, 1947 he was married to Louisa Nigh at Eureka. They lived on the home farm until moving to Howard in January. He was a member of the Sunflower and Pomona granges.

Survivors include his wife: 2 sons, Howard J. of Elk Falls and Ralph of Derby; 2 daughters, Mrs. Gladys Woods of Longton and Mrs. Florence Friend of Howard; 2 step-daughters, Mrs. Cleland Wells of Howard and Mrs. Robert W. Hurt of North Kingston, R.I.; a sister, Mrs. Ruth Dunlap of Pico Rivera, Calif.; 22 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.

MR. HOWARD J. ARMSTRONG - Submitted by Louise Havens

Howard J. Armstrong, 57, of Rt. 1, Elk Falls, died suddenly in his home this morning. He was born April 30, 1917, near Howard to Homer and Rozella Poole Armstrong. He attended school near Howard and was a farmer. He married Marjorie Lewis August 27, 1938, in Dewey, Oklahoma. He moved to the Elk Falls area 25 years ago.

Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Mrs. Betty Drake of Garden City and Karen Armstrong of the home; one brother, Ralph of Derby, two sisters, Mrs. Florence Friend of Elk Falls and Mrs. Gladys Woods of Howard; and two grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in the Spurrier Funeral Chapel in Howard by the Rev. Dean Brown of Wichita. Interment will be in the Grace Lawn Cemetery in Howard. Casket Bearers: Melvin Friend, John Vanderpool, Merle Dean Toone, Gene Corle, John Havens, Daryle Jontra.

The Howard Courant - January 23, 1941

MR. JOHN W. ARMSTRONG - Submitted by Louise Havens

ARMSTRONG---John William Armstrong was born November 23, 1870, in Jackson County, Missouri, and departed this life January 5, 1941, at his home in Neodesha, Kansas, at the age of 70 years, 1 month, and 12 days.

He came to Elk County in 1892 and was married to Rosa Alpha Dewitt at Fall River, Kansas, in February 1902. The family had been living in Neodesha since 1936. Paralysis was the cause of death and he had been ill for three years.

Survivors include the wife, Mrs. Rosa Armstrong of the home, three half brothers, two half sisters: Fred Armstrong of Severy, Kansas, Lee, Homer, and Mrs. Lillie Davis of Howard, Kansas, and Mrs. Ruth Dunlap of Lincoln, Arkansas, and one step-brother, A. G. Young of Las Animas, Colorado.

Funeral services were held at the Kiblinger Funeral Home, January 8, 1941, at 10:30 a.m., conducted by Rev. A. S. Eason. Interment was made in Cresco Cemetery, north of Howard. Those attending the funeral from Howard were: Mr. and Mrs. Homer Armstrong and son Ralph, Mr. and Mrs. Howard Armstrong, Mr. and Mrs. H. H. Woods, Melvin, Louise, Phyllis and Harold Friend, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Davis and family.

Elk County Citizen - March 12, 1896

MRS. JULIA C. ARMSTRONG - Submitted by L. Morgan

Julia C. Smith was born in Pendleton county, Virginia, June 30, 1822. She moved from there to Fayette county, Ohio and was married to Samuel E. Armstrong September 2, 1841. They then moved to Burlington and from there to Jefferson county, Iowa. They lived there fifty-one years, moving to Howard, February 27, 1896. Her death occurred March 9, 1896 at 10 o'clock p.m. at the home of her daughter, Mrs. P.H. Baughman. The funeral services were held at the residence March 11. Elder Joseph Sims of the Church of Christ conducting the services. She was buried at Grace Lawn cemetery, at Howard, March 11, 1896.

Howard Courant-Citizen - February 1982

MR. LLOYD G. ARMSTRONG - Submitted by Louise Havens

Lloyd G. Armstrong was born at Howard, Kansas on September 19, 1921, to Fred and Maggie Armstrong. He passed away Wednesday, February 17, 1982, at Wichita, Kansas, after suffering a heart condition for many years.

He was raised in the Howard area and on September 21, 1940, he was united in marriage with Minnie Mable Shipman. They were married 41 years. After residing in Severy and Howard, they moved to Wichita in 1948. He was a fisherman, a camper, a craftsman, a loving husband, father and grandfather. In the midst of a busy life as a mechanic, which skill took him thoughout the state, he was forced into medical retirement as a result of a heart attach. This happened 14 years ago.

He is survived by his wife, Minnie of Wichita; three sons, Bradley, Bruce and Tim; a daughter, Linda; two brothers, Albert of Wichita, and Robert of Grove, Oklahoma; four sisters, Mary Emerson of Denver, Colorado, Ruth Kimball of Eureka, Kansas, Eleanora Cooper of Kellogg, Idaho, and Eva Ward of Denver, Colorado. Memorial services were held at DeVorss Mortuary in Wichita at 10:00 a.m. Friday, February 19, 1982, with Rev. E. Leroy Smoot of the Haysville United Methodist Church officiating. Claude DeVorss sang "Beyond The Sunset" accompanied by Mrs. Bernice DeVorss. Military graveside services were held at 2:00 p.m. in the Grace Lawn Cemetery, with Carter-Rader Post No. 149 in charge of the services. Memorials have been established with the American Heart Association and the American Diabetes Association. Memorials can be made in care of the Haysville State Bank at Haysville, Kansas.

February 1979

MRS. LOUISA M. ARMSTRONG - Submitted by Louise Havens

OBITUARY---Louisa Armstrong
Louisa Matilda Armstrong, 75, of Howard died Tuesday in William Newton Memorial Hospital. She was born April 19, 1903, on a farm near Fostoria, Kan., to John and Annie Ferrel Butt. The family moved to Howard in November 1916. She married David Nigh Dec. 24, 1919. He died Feb. 6, 1927, and she married Homer Armstrong March 4, 1947. He died May 22, 1960. During World War II, Mrs. Armstrong worked for Boeing Aircraft in Wichita. She was a charter member of the Carter-Rader Post of the American legion Auxiliary and she was a member of the Coffeyville branch of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and the Sunflower Grange.

Mrs. Armstrong is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Geneva Wells of Howard, Mrs. Bonnie Hurt of Wilbur, Ore.; a foster brother Glen Pringle of Houston, Texas; eight grandchildren and a number of great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Thursday in Zimmerman Funeral Home, Howard. Interment will be in Grace Lawn Cemetery, Howard.

- August 1953

MRS. MABEL A. ARMSTRONG - Submitted by Louise Havens

Mabel Alvira, second of eight children of Nellie L. and Howard A. Miller, was born on a farm in Paw Paw township, north of Howard, on March 13, 1885, and departed this life at the Newton Memorial hospital in Winfield, Kansas, on Friday, August 28, 1953, after an illness of three months, ten weeks of which was spent in the St. Mary's and Newton memorial hospitals.

Mabel grew to womanhood in the Paw Paw community and attended the Upper Paw Paw rural school, graduating with honors. Her teacher at that (1897-98) time was A. F. Sims, who later was a well known Elk county attorney.

She was quite popular with the young people for her happy disposition and friendly nature endeared her to those about her.

At the age of fourteen she confessed her faith in Christ, was baptized and became a member of the Fairview United Brethren Church. Each Sunday found her with the rest of the Miller family in Sunday School and church services. She sang alto in the choir. Some of the other members of that choir were the Criger sisters, the Clark girls, and the Simons brothers, and the pianist was Mrs. Gertie Simpson Criger.

In February of 1903, Mabel was united in marriage to Theodore Preston and to this union was born a little daughter, Grace Mae. Her husband died March 10, 1905, after which Mable and her daughter spent the next three years at her parent's home.

On February 8, 1908, she was married to a former school mate, Lee Armstrong and four children came to bless this home, three sons, Russell, Roy and Rex, and one daughter, Wilma, who died in August of 1912 at the age of twenty months.

The family lived in several rural communities: Cresco, Highland, Fiat, Rock Creek and Bunker Hill. Mabel encountered the hardships, trials and the joys of a farm wife and mother of the early part of this century. Through it all she was an understanding and loving wife and mother and always her first interest was her home and family.

In 1949 her husband's health failed and they moved to Howard and purchased a little home just west of the Howard Hotel, where the husband passed away November 14, 1952.

There remains of her family, her daughter, Mrs. Claude Boren of Severy, her three sons, Russell of Madison; Roy of Topeka, and Rex of Howard; her five grandchildren, Charles Lee, Rita, Gloria, Patricia and Carl Rex; her son-in-law, Claude Boren; her daughters-in-law, Geneva, Florence and Marjorie; three brothers, Jesse, Roy and Glen Miller of the Howard community; four sisters, Mrs. James Baughman, Mrs. Walter Baughman and Mrs. Willard Morss of this community and Mrs. Floyd Doughty of Homestead, Oklahoma; also three uncles, John, Dell and Hayes Van Buskirk and two aunts, Mrs. G. E. Young and Mrs. Pearl Hight; many nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.

She was a member of the Howard Baptist church and the American Legion Auxiliary.

During her last illness, her gentleness, patience and unselfish Christian faith endeared her to the nurses, doctors and hospital attendants who gave her much careful attention. She was also given tender, loving care by her daughter, Grace, and her daughters-in-law, Geneva and Marjorie.

She will be greatly missed by her children, grandchildren and her brothers and sisters. Her death is the first break among the eight children of the Miller family.

Memorial services for Mrs. Armstrong were held at the Moon Chapel Monday, August 31st, at 2:30 p.m. conducted by Rev. Frank H. McKinney of the Howard Baptist church. Music was furnished by Mrs. John Garison and Mrs. Alex Rader, with Mrs. Willis Miller accompanist. The casket bearers were Glenn Miller, Willis Miller, Charles Miller, Don Baughman, Ted Miller and Geo. Baughman. Concluding services were held at Cresco cemetery, north of Howard, in charge of the Legion Auxiliary.

Out of town friends and relatives attending the funeral of Mrs. Lee Armstrong were Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Doughty of Homestead, Oklahoma; Bud McFarland of Madison; Mrs. Charles Anderson of LaFountaine; Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Fisher and daughters of Independence; Mr. and Mrs. Howard Baughman and Donald Baughman of Moline; Mrs. Dale Kesner of Wichita; Mr. and Mrs. J. W. McClayland, Mrs. Fred McIntyre, Mr. and Mrs. Lon Furrow and daughter, Mary, of Severy.

The Howard Courant-Citizen - December 29, 1933

MRS. MARY C. ARMSTRONG - Submitted by Louise Havens

Mary Catherine Alderson was born October 7, 1852 in Allen County, Kentucky, and passed away December 18, 1938, at Severy, Kansas, in the Fred Armstrong home.

When four years old she with her parents moved to Louisburg, Kansas, later moving to Cass county, Missouri, where on November 11, 1870, she was married to William Young. To this union was born one son, Arthur Green Young. Her first husband died in 1875.

She was married in 1878 to Thomas Armstrong, who passed away November 18, 1914. To this union were born five children: Fred of Severy; Lee of Howard; Homer of Howard; Mrs. Ruth Dunlap of Lincoln, Arkansas; and Mrs. Lillie Davis of Severy. She also leaves a son, Arthur Green Young; a step-son, William Armstrong of Neodesha; twenty-three grandchildren; ten great grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.

She joined the Presbyterian church in early life, later transferring her membership to the Christian church at Howard. She has been a resident of Elk county for fifty years.

The Howard Courant - August 9, 1923

MISS MILDRED R. ARMSTRONG - Submitted by Louise Havens

Mildred Ruth Armstrong was born near Howard, Kansas, April 2nd, 1913 and died at her home July 25th, 1923, age 10 years 3 months and 21 days. She was the third daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Homer Armstrong, a beautiful and lady like little girl and loved by everyone. In her passing she leaves to mourn a father, mother, two sisters, two brothers and relatives.

The funeral services were held at the home Friday, July 27th, at 2 p.m. Interment was at the Cresco Cemetery.


We wish to thank our many friends and neighbors who were so very kind, also for the beautiful flowers and for all other services rendered in the passing of our dear one. --- Mr. and Mrs. Homer Armstrong and children.


HOWARD - Rex Ernie Armstrong, 52, long time resident of this area, died Thursday at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Wichita. He had been patient there for ten weeks and in failing health for four months.

Funeral, services will be at 2 p.m. Monday in the Spurrier Watt Funeral Home with the Rev. Dean Brown of Wichita officiating. Rev. Ralph Olsen of Howard will assist Rev. Brown. Burial will be in the Gracelawn Cemetery with Military Rites performed at the graveside.

Mr. Armstrong was born. Nov. 1, 1916 in Howard to Lee and Mabel (Miller) Armstrong. He married Marjorie Allen Aug. 24, 1939 at Oswego. He was a lifetime resident of this area except the past four years while he and Mrs. Armstrong resided in Wichita where he was a machinist for Cessna. Mr. Armstrong was a member of the Howard Baptist Church, a Navy veteran of WW II a member of the American Legion, Carter Rader Post, Howard; IOOF Lodge; and the Howard Masonic Lodge.

Survivors include the widow, Marjorie, of the home in Wichita; a son, Carl, Howard; two granddaughters; two brothers, Russell, Madison, and Roy, San Antonio, Tex.; and a sister, Mrs. Grace Boren, Severy.

July 19, 1945

MRS. ROZELLA ARMSTRONG - Submitted by Louise Havens

Rozella Poole was born in Paw Paw township, Elk County, KS on February 14, 1889, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Poole. She departed this life at the farm home eight miles northwest of Howard, KS, Thursday, July 19, 1945, at the age of 56 years, five months and five days.

She was married to Homer J. Armstrong On February 10, 1909. To this union were born five children, three daughters and two sons. All survive her except one daughter, Mildred Ruth Armstrong, who passed away July 25, 1923. The surviving children are: Mrs. Gladys Woods, Mrs. Florence Friend and Howard J. Armstrong, all of Howard, KS; and Pfc. Ralph H. Armstrong, serving with the United States Army overseas in Germany. She leaves her husband, Homer J. Armstrong; her aged mother, Mrs. Florence Poole; three brothers, Marion Poole of Portland, Oregon; Arthur Poole of Omaha, Nebraska; Elbert Poole of Colorado; one sister, Alice Morris of Howard; six grandchildren; one daughter-in-law, Mrs. Howard Armstrong; two sons-in-law and a number of nieces and nephews, along with many friends.

She was always in good spirits and always willing to do her share up until she was taken. She will be sadly missed by all who knew her.

The funeral services were held from the Moon Chapel in Howard at 2:30 p.m., Sunday, July 22, conducted by Rev. W. B. McCollum of the Church of the Nazarene of Howard. The music was furnished by Mrs. Willard Morss and Mrs. John Garison, with Mrs. C. A. Barnett, accompanist. The pall bearers were Frank McLin, Wes McCoskey, Walter Baughman, Frank Hubbell, Roy Miller and Oscar Highsmith. Burial was in the Cresco Cemetery, north of Howard.

November 14, 1952

MR. THOMAS L. ARMSTRONG - Submitted by Louise Havens

Thomas Lee, second child of Mary and Thomas Armstrong, was born in Cass County, Missouri, January 31, 1880, and departed from this life at St. Mary's Hospital in Winfield, Kansas, November 14, 1952, at the age of 72 years, 9 months and 14 days.

When but eight years of age he came with his father to Kansas in a covered wagon to select a home site for the family and all came later to Elk county. They moved to a farm near Fall River and during their remaining life time lived in various localities, but always in Elk county.

Lee received his education in the rural school and, as most young men of his generation did, in the school of hard work. When but a young man he went to western Kansas where he worked on a ranch for several years. He returned to Elk county in 1907, renewing his friendship with a former school mate, now a young widow, Mrs. Mabel Preston. This friendship ripened into love and they were married on February 8, 1908.

To this union was born four children, three sons and a little daughter, Wilma, who died in 1912 at the age of 22 months. His father and mother and older brother, Fred, also preceded him in death.

There remains of his family, his faithful wife, Mabel; his sons, Russell of Madison, Kansas; Roy of Topeka, Kansas, and Rex of Howard; his step-daughter, Grace Boren, of Severy, whom he raised as his own; his three daughters-in-law, Florence, Jean and Marjorie Armstrong, and a son-in-law, Claude Boren; five grandchildren, Charles Lee, Carl Rex, Rita Ann, Gloria and Patricia Armstrong; one brother, Homer Armstrong, of Howard; two sisters, Mrs. Ruth Dunlap of Lincoln, Arkansas, and Mrs. Frank Davis of Piedmont; besides many other relatives and friends.

Lee was a good farmer and took special pride in stock raising, especially in his horses. he left the farm three years ago when his health failed and he was no longer able to carry on his work, but he was lonesome for the farm and its interests.

He was very fond of children and his grandchildren were his great love, although many other little children will remember his friendliness, his kindness and his interest in them.

Funeral services were held at the Moon Chapel in Howard at 2:00 p.m., Monday, November 18th, conducted by Rev. Frank H. McKinney pastor of the Howard Baptist church. Charles Miller was soloist, with Mrs. Willis Miller accompanist. The casket bearers were nephews of the deceased. Interment was in Cresco cemetery, north of Howard.


The Howard Courant-Citizen - November 20, 1952
Among the out of town relatives and friends here Monday for the funeral services for Lee Armstrong were Mr. and Mrs. Russell Armstrong and children, Madison; Mr. and Mrs. Roy Armstrong and daughter, Topeka; Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Armstrong, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Armstrong, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Armstrong, Mrs. Tom Ward, Mrs. Earl Kimball, Ralph Armstrong, Wichita, Mrs. Richard Armstrong, Denver, Colorado; Mr. and Mrs. Bus McCellend, Bud McFarland, Mr. Smith, Madison; Mrs. Clarence Fisher, Independence; Mrs. Charles Anderson, Lafontaine; Mrs. Lon Furrow, Mr. and Mrs. Bill McClayland, Severy.
Note: The correct birth year for Thomas Lee is 1881.

The Elk County Citizen - November 25, 1914

MR. STERLING T. ARMSTRONG - Submitted by Louise Havens

Sterling Thomas Armstrong was born in Boyle County, Kentucky, April 22, 1846, died at his home twelve miles northwest of Howard, Kansas, November 18, 1914, age 68 years, 6 months and 26 days. He came to Jackson county, Missouri, at the age of 7 years where he grew to manhood.

He was united in marriage to Bell Hall, December 23, 1868. To this union were born two sons J. W. and Commodore, who died in infancy.

His first wife died in 1872 and he was married to Mary C. Young, October 8, 1877, who survives him. To this union five children were born, C. F., of St. John, T. L. and H. J., of Howard, Mrs. Ruth Dunlap of Winfield and Miss Lillie Armstrong. Besides these he leaves one brother, four sisters and a step-son, A. G. Young of Las Animas, Colorado. He came to Kansas in 1892.

The funeral services were conducted at the home by Rev. T. A. Nichols, pastor of Howard M. E. church, and the body laid to rest in Cresco cemetery.


We desire to express our thanks to the dear friends and neighbors who so kindly assisted us in the sickness and death of our husband and father.
Mrs. Mary Armstrong and children.

Unknown Newspaper - September 1967


Arthur William Arndt, son of Ida Johnson and Herman Arndt, was born November 19, 1890, at Templin, Kansas, and passed: away at his home in Howard, Kansas, Saturday, September 2, 1967, at the age of 76 years and ten months.

He received confirmation in the Lutheran church at Templin. He attended high school at Alta Vista, Kansas, then came to Elk county with his parents in 1911.

Mr. Arndt was married to Lena L. Lewis on December 12, 1913, and to them were born six children, Carl, Kenneth, Helma, Deuane, Maxine and William.

The family resided on a farm west of Howard until 1935, at which time they moved to Howard and Mr. Arndt became associated with the Elk County Highway Department for some 14 years, later becoming night marshal of Howard and then serving eight years as sheriff and under-sheriff of Elk county.

Mr. Arndt was a 50-year member of the Masonic lodge.

At the time of his death, he was justice of the peace and police judge of Howard.

Although his work consumed much of his time, he was a devoted husband and father, spending much of his leisure in the outdoors with his family, hunting, fishing and traveling the countryside of the state he loved.

He was preceded in death by his son, Carl, and daughter, Helma.

Survivors, in addition to his widow and four children, include 14 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; a brother, Walter Arndt; two sisters, Eleanor Ebbers and Gertrude Willis.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, September 6, at 10:30 a. m., in the Spurrier-Watt Chapel. The Rev. Arthur Frary, pastor of the First Methodist church of Howard, officiated. Music was presented by Miss Vicki Miller, accompanied by Miss Suzanne VanSickle. Casket bearers were Kenneth Arndt, Deuane Arndt, William Arndt, Carl Arndt, Gary Arndt and Colin Arndt.

Masonic graveside rites were conducted by Hope Lodge No. 155, A. F. & A. M., Howard. Interment was in Grace Lawn cemetery, Howard, Kansas.

Independence Reporter - January 7, 2008


HOWARD - William A. Arndt, 76, of Neosho, Mo., died Dec. 26 at his home.

Cremation has taken place and a memorial service with military honors will be Saturday at 11 a.,. in Grace Lawn Cemetery at Howard with Rev. Gene Cole officiating. Zimmerman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials are suggested to Carter-Rader American Legion Post No. 149 or the Neosho United Methodist Church and they may be mailed to Countryside Funeral Home, P.O. Box 247, Fredonia, KS 66736.

Mr. Arndt was born Feb. 14, 1931, in Howard, to Arthur and Lena (Lewis) Arndt. He graduated from Howard Schools in 1950.

On Aug. 30, 1975, in Bernice, Okla., he married Deanna K. Henson and she survives. He was a corporal in the United States Army, 2nd Infantry, and served in Korea. He worked for Gas Service Company, which merged into Kansas Power and Light Company, as an internal auditir, retiring in 1986.

He was a member of the American Legion, a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Disabled American Veterans, an a member of the Neosho United Methodist Church.

Other survivors include two children. Milton D. Arndt and Sharla K. Meyer; three granchildren and one great-grandchild.

Prairie Star - April 6, 1967

MRS. NORA E. ARNEL - Submitted by Dan Durbin

Nora E. Arnel, a resident of Fall River and recently a resident of the Twilight Manor Nursing Home in Howard, died Thursday, April 6, at the nursing home. Miss Arnel was a lifetime resident of Elk Co.

She was born Jan. 3, 1890, the daughter of George and Mary Boone Arnel. She was a member of the Fall River Christion Church, Rebekah Lodge, the Grange, HDU, the Musical and Literary Club, and the National Education Association.

A teacher for 38 years, Miss Arnel was a graduate of Kansas State Teachers College at Emporia. She served as principal of the Moline Grade School for 14 years, and was also a teacher in Howard and Elk Falls. She was a member of the school board.

Miss Arnel is survived by a sister, Mrs. Grace Macey of Wichita. Funeral services were held Sunday in the Spurrier-Watt Chapel in Howard. The Rev. Straight of the Elk Falls Christian Church officiated and burial was in the Cresco cemetery north of Howard.

Prairie Star - October 29, 2014


Nina Jane Arnel-Duckett, age 83, a resident of Elk Falls, passed away Friday, Oct. 24, 2014 at her home.

She was born on March 13, 1931 in Elk Falls, the daughter of Orwill Perrin and Gertrude Ellen (Rose) Lewis.

Nina was united in marriage to Joseph W. Arnel on May 27, 1949 in Meade, Kan., and they later divorced and to this union were born seven children.

She then married Holland P. Duckett and he preceded her in death. Nina was a homemaker. She enjoyed gardening, fishing, sewing, bowling, reading, crafting and playing cards.

Nina is survived by her son Arlin Arnel of Kingman, Ariz.; daughters, Joy Fedock of Independence; Debra Wright of Elk Falls; Darla Walters of Needles, Calif.; Nancy Nuttall of Elk Falls; and Lura Arnel of Longton; brother Orwill Lewis of Arlington, Wash.; sisters, Lolla Belle Shults of Derby; and Ethel Violet Winkes of Arlington, Wash.; 18 grandchildren and 42 great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by her parents, ex-husband Joseph Arnel; daughter Arlana Jo Arnel; and six sisters.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014 at the Calvary Chapel in Elk Falls with interment to follow at the Elk Falls Cemetery. There is no visitation.

Memorials are suggested to the Elk Falls Senior Center and may be left with the funeral home. Online condolences may be left at Arrangements are under the direction of Countryside Funeral Home in Howard.

Independence Reporter - April 20, 1976

MR. ARTHUR ARNOLD - Submitted by L. Morgan

MOLINE- Arthur Arnold, 79, of Longton, died April 19 at 9:19 a.m. at his home.

He was born July 31, 1896 at Howard to Uriah and Adeline (Hostetler) Arnold.

He was a veteran of World War I and a member of the American Legion. He was a retired employe of Union Gas and a retired motel operator.

He is survived by one brother, Andrew Arnold of Longton.

Services will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the Watt Funeral Home in Moline with Harold Jensen officiating. Burial will be in the Longton cemetery.

Howard Courant - April 6, 1911

MR. CLINTON ARNOLD - Submitted by L. Morgan

Clinton Arnold of Oak Valley Township Takes His Life
From the Citizen.

Clinton Arnold, about 21 years of age, shot and killed himself at the home of his father, Uriah Arnold, three miles north of Oak Valley, last Friday morning, March 31, about 10 o'clock.

His father had left home in the morning to work on the roads and mother and sister went on an errand leaving the young man alone. A little after ten o'clock Mr. Arnold returned home and seeing something that he took for a pile of trash burning in the yard near a work bench went to investigate and found that it was his son.

On the work bench was a shot gun with a string tied to the hammer and pointed toward the young man. He had evidently fastened the cord to the hammer and placed the gun to his stomach and fired. The shot tearing his stomach open and setting on fire his clothing, as all the clothes down to the waist were burned. He was no doubt killed instantly.

Dr. Costello, county coroner, and A. F. Sims, representing the county attorney, were called and found the facts as above stated.

The young man was in good health and never had any trouble with anyone and was well liked by all. He was a grandson of John Hostetler of this township and a nephew of George Hostetler of this city.

The remains were interred in Grace Lawn cemetery, Howard, Saturday.

Unknown Newspaper - March 1, 1970

MRS. FRANCES K. ARNOLD - Submitted by Dan Durbin

Frances Arnold Dies Sunday
Mrs. Frances Katherine Arnold, 74, of Longton, died suddenly March 1 in Sedan City Hospital where she had been a patient a short time.

She was born March 30, 1895. Mrs. Arnold was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Moline.

Survivors include the husband, Isaac of the home; two sons, Floyd of Lebanon, Ori., and Paul of Neodesha; two brothers, William Jacob of Pratt and Andrew Jacob of Haven; two sisters, Miss Agnes Jacob of Pratt, and Sister M. Jerome of Little Rock, Ark. Four grandchildren and one great grandchild also survive.

Requiem Mass was celebrated on Thursday at 10 a.m. in St. Mary's Catholic Church in Moline with Rev. Patrick Mannion officiating. Interment was in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Moline.

Howard Courant-Citizen - February 14, 1952

MRS ANNA L. ASBURY - Submitted by L. Morgan

Anna Lizzie Asbury, daughter of Martha and Albert Haines was born March 10, 1885 near Arkansas City, Kansas and departed this life at Winfield, Kansas February 9, 1952 at the age of 66 years, 10 months and 29 days.

She was married to Walter P. Asbury April 2, 190? at Newkirk, Oklahoma. To this union were born seven children: Clifford of Bakersfield, California; Edison who preceded her in death March 31, 1944; Anna of Belleview, Idaho; Bertha, who preceded her in death June 20 1923; James of Willborn, Florida ; Martha of Visalia, California and Marie of Elk Falls, Kansas.

Mr. and Mrs. Asbury have lived in Elk and Cowley counties, Kansas all their lives. They moved to their farm north of Howard in March of 1936, and then in May of 1950 moved to their present home in Howard.

Mrs. Asbury answered her Lord's call in 1926 and at the time of her death was a member of the Church of Christ. She was one of the faithful members of the church which meets at Howard.

She was a devoted wife and mother and lived a full and beautiful Christian life. She carried her cross with patience and her thoughts were always for others.

She leaves to mourn her passing, besides her husband and children, two brothers, Aaron Haines of Fairfax, Oklahoma and Will of Waco, Texas; her sisters, Mrs. Nan Snyder or Grainola, Oklahoma; Mrs. Kate Waldroupe of Las Animas, Colorado and Marie Carter of Cedar Vale, Kansas; also ten grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews and a host of relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held at the Moon Chapel in Howard at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 12th, conducted by E.H. Nimrod of the local Church of Christ. Music was furnished by Mrs. Kenneth Smith, Mrs. Chester Snowden, Mrs. Gerald Logdon and Mrs. Arthur Bullington. The casket bearers were Leslie ANderson, Johnnie Murphy, Amos BUllington, Delle Hastings, Gene Hastings, and Harrison Murphy. Interment was in the Moline cemetery.

December 1996


Thelma D. Ashford, 55, died Friday at 10 p.m. at Mercy Hospital. Graveside services will be Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the Grenola Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the American Heart Association. Friends may call at the Webb & Rodrick Funeral Home from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday, and from 9 a.m. until noon Tuesday.

Mrs. Ashford was born Dec. 22, 1940, in Moline, to Charles and Nellie Fiscus. She married Clifford Ashford on March 24, 1976, and he survives.

Mrs. Ashford had worked for several years at The Manor nursing home.

Other survivors include a son, Vernon Wonser, Topeka; a daughter, Nellie Hancock, Gonzales, Texas; a brother, Jesse Fiscus, Mound Valley; two sisters, Velma Durham, Fredonia, and Elma Turner. St. Joseph, Mo.; and 16 grandchildren.

The Moline Advance - October 27, 1927

MR. FRANK C. ASHLEY - Submitted by Dan Durbin

Frank C. Ashley was born August 18, 1871, at Baraboo, Wisconsin, and departed from this life at his home in Moline, Kansas, October 18, 1927, age 56 years and 2 months.

He came to Kansas with his parents in 1877 and located north of Moline on a farm where he resided until 1898, when he spent about a year in Winfield at the barber trade, then coming back to Moline where he has resided since.

He was married to Miss Anna Wilson September 26, 1900. To this union was born one daughter Alma Ruth, who now resides at Larned, Kansas.

He leaves to mourn his wife, daughter and one brother, Eugene Ashley of Coffeyville, Kansas.

Funeral services were held at the Methodist church in Moline Thursday, October 20, 1927, conducted by Rev. J. B. Cooprider of Caney, Kansas, assisted by Rev. O. W. Dewey of Moline with the Masonic services at the cemetery. Interment was made in the Moline cemetery.

The Moline Advance - March 28, 1929

MR. B. F. ATKINSON - Submitted by Dan Durbin

Burial services for B. F. Atkinson were held at the Moline cemetery Sunday afternoon.

Mr. Atkinson was a brother-in-law of Mrs. Kate Baird and L. N. Collyer of this city. He had attained the advanced age of 86 years. Born in Ohio, he came to Kansas forty-eight years ago and lived at Chautauqua Springs until his death which occurred last Saturday, March 23. He was a Union Soldier in the Civil War and was honorably discharged at the close of the war When he came to Chautauqua Springs there were only three homes in the city.

Mr. Atkinson was married in 1876 to Miss Mary E. Collyer and four children were born to them, one daughter, Katie, died at the age of 10 months. The others are Mrs. Laura Morris now living in California, Mrs. Blanche McGill of Borger, Texas, and Frank L. Atkinson of Havana, Kansas. Mrs. Atkinson died fourteen years ago and a few years later he was married to Mrs. Maggie Wilson of Sedan who survives him.

Funeral services were held in Chautauqua Springs Sunday, conducted by Mr. Atkinson's pastor, the Methodist minister of that place who together with the choir, came with the remains to Moline for the burial where Sidney Hawkins, pastor of the Christian Church of Moline, assisted in the services at the grave.

Unknown Newspaper - April 6, 1948

MR. FRANK B. ATKINSON - Submitted by Dan Durbin

Frank Berry Atkinson was born near Rockford, Illinois April 6, 1870 a son of Brown Conklin and Maryette Henry Atkinson.

He was reared to manhood in Illinois, but came to Kansas as a young man. He worked at the carpenter trade in Western Kansas where he met and married Louisa B. Dobbins at Greensburg, Kiowa County Kansas Sept. 21, 1908.

His work called him to Peabody, Kansas where they resided for a time, coming to Moline in 1921 where they have continued to live. Mr. Atkinson continued to work at his trade until his health failed nearly a year ago. He has been in frail health, but became seriously ill a week ago and passed away at his home about 5:55 p. m. April 6, 1948.

He leaves to mourn his departure his wife, Louisa of the home, a niece Bessie, who was reared in the home since infancy. Her husband Elwood and two children Robert and Fredrick of Howard, three sisters, Mrs. Clare Blacklaws, Rockford, Illinois, Mrs. Ethel Menden, Pecatonica, Ill., and Mrs. Evelyn Peterson, Pecatonica, Ill. and a host of relatives and friends.

Mr. Atkinson was a true friend and good neighbor. He was patient through all the suffering of the past year. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him. Funeral services were held at the Rarick Chapel Friday April 9, at 2:30 p. m. conducted by Rev W. E. Van Patten. Interment in the Moline Cemetery.

Those from a distance to Mr. Atkinson's funeral: Mrs. D. H. Atkinson, Mr. and Mrs. Lyle Atkinson, David Atkinson, Mr. and Mrs. H. C. Atkinson, of Topeka, Kansas; R. A. Shook, El Dorado, Kansas; Mr. and Mrs. Edd McCurdy, Redonda Beach, Calif.; Mrs. J. W. McCullough, Noble, Ill.; Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Peterson, Rockford, Ill.

Unknown Newspaper - March 1922

MR. D. N. ATTEBERY - Submitted by Eleanor Southwick

D. N. Attebery was born in Illinois on June 24, 1849 and died March 16, 1922 at the home of his son, S. H. Attebery in Elk City at the age of 72 years, 8 months and 17 days. He was married three times; the first time in Illinois on Nov. 17, 1869. No children were born to this union. His second marriage was in Illinois to Miss Melvina C. Robinson on September 4, 1871. To this union was born one son, Wm. H. Attebery, who lives near Elk City. The third marriage was in Illinois to Miss Fanny S. Rosenbarger on July 15, 1873. To this union were born six children; Elizabeth Jane and Fannie Bell, who passed on in infancy, and Mary Ellen Rosendale, living near Elk City, John Edward, who died at the age of 31 years, Samuel Harvey of Elk City and Laura May Jefferson living near Elgin, Kans. The five living children are the only survivors. Mr. Attebery moved from Illinois to Kansas in the Fall of 1879 and settled in Elk County near Howard, living there until about two years ago, when he moved to Elk City and has since made his home with his son, S. H. Attebery. Funeral services were held at the home of the latter at 2:30 p.m. Saturday by Rev. B. F. Tilley, pastor of the Baptist church. Burial was made in Oak Hill cemetery.

Howard Courant - December 21, 1916

MRS. MARY L. AULDRIDGE - Condensed and Submitted by L. Morgan

Mary Louise Freed was born in Kokomo, Ind. Oct. 22, 1858 and died in Bridgeport, Okla., Dec. 18, 1916; aged 58 years, 1 month and 16 days. In May 1880 (?) she was united in marriage to Allen C. Auldridge and to this union was born 3 children, Mrs. Sylvia Smith of Bridgeport, Okla., and Earl C. Auldridge of Chickasha, Okla., and Charles who preceded his mother to death. There also remains to mourn her death, Willis Sherman; whom she took to rear at the time of his mother's death, four sisters, Mrs. Andy Moore of Clovis, N.M., Mrs. Julia Heisler of Howard, Kansas, Mrs. Sarah Freed of Ringwood, Okla., and Mrs. Rose Stewart of Galveston, Tx., and one brother John Freed of Moline, Kans. These with the husband, Allen C. Auldridge mourn the departure of a very devout Christian woman, a devoted mother and faithful wife.

The funeral services at Bridgeport were conducted by her pastor and two other ministers of the community, with whom she has been associated in her Christian work. The service at Howard was held at the First M.E. church, being conducted by the pastor Harry E. Crane and interment was made in Grace Lawn cemetery.

Howard Courant - April 6, 1894

MRS. ROSY J. ASHTON - Submitted by L. Morgan

Died- Mrs. Rosy Jane Ashton, daughter of John and Catherine Bath. Mrs. Ashton was born in Morgan county, Virginia, March 26, 1858 and died March 26, 1894 and was laid to rest in the Forest cemetery, beside her mother and two children. Mrs. Ashton leaves a husband and five small children to mourn the loss of a wife and mother. The funeral was conducted by J.P. Haner in rememberance of Rosy Jane Ashton.
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Unknown Newspaper - August 2, 1933

MRS. MYRTLE AUGUSTA - Submitted by Dan Durbin

Myrtle Augusta, the youngest daughter of C. Dale and Marla Sprague, was born near Elk Falls, Kansas, January 1, 1908, and departed this life in the Moline Hospital, August 2nd, 1933, the victim of an automobile accident.

She had been in training as a nurse in the Newton Memorial Hospital in Winfield, Kansas, for about two years and was home for a three weeks vacation visiting relatives in and near Elk Falls. She was educated in the Elk Falls schools and graduated from the high school in 1926. She was employed for several years in the Elk Falls telephone exchange where she gave very satisfactory service. Miss Myrtle decided upon the life as a nurse, one of the noblest professions open to womanhood. Myrtle was a fine young woman, and enjoyed the confidence and respect of all who knew her. She was a devoted daughter, sister and a true friend. The memory of her kind acts and words of sympathy will always be treasured in the hearts of her loved one.

The funeral service took place last Sunday afternoon at the Elk Falls Christian Church. There was a very large attendance. The music was three hymns sung by Mrs. Beulah Ransom and Mrs. Grace Morton with Miss Lois Burnett at the piano. Newton Hill gave a brief address. There were many beautiful floral offerings.

The active pall bearers were Roy Henderson, Roy Olson, Ted Frawner, Paul Morton, Lester Wicker and Francis Maxwell. Burial was in the family lot in the Elk Falls cemetery.

The deepest sympathy is tender the bereaved family.

She leaves to mourn her departure her step-father, mother, two sisters, Mrs. Dora Horlin and Mrs. Ola Finley, and aged grandmother and lots of other relatives and many friends. There are two half brothers, James and Raymond Brown.

The nurses who came from the Newton Memorial Hospital at Winfield Sunday to act as honorary pall bearers at the funeral of their associate, Miss Myrtle Sprague, were Misses Orr, Adams, Newton, Harrah, Waite, Jennings and Hoffman. It was very kind and very much appreciated by the family and friends of the deceased.

Out of town folks attending the funeral of Miss Myrtle Sprague were Mr. and Mrs. C. C. Hite and Mrs. C. J. Hite of Iola, Kansas; Mr. and Mrs. John Thompson, Mrs. Olive Lewis, Miss L. Lewis, Mrs. Lena Smith, Mrs. Walter Lewis all of Moline; and Mrs. Jaxie Scogin of Oxford, Kansas; Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Burch and Mr. and Mrs. Mayberry of Caney.

January 1980


Miles Neil Austin, 85, retired farmer and stockman, died Sunday. Service 2 p.m. Wednesday, Bethany Baptist Church, Bentley.

Survivors: wife, Myrtle; sons, Neil of Eureka, James of Towanda, Robert of El Dorado, Miles of Alamosa, Colo., Roger of Beaumont; daughters, Mrs. Josephine Smith of Tracy, Calif., Mrs. Harriet Tabor of Salina, Mrs. Betty Jo Worthington of Eagle River, Alaska.

Memorial has been established with ...

Prairie Star - January 5, 2011


Roger Earl Austin, 80, of Rosalia, Kan., passed away Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2010 at Susan B. Allen Hospital. Celebration of his life was held Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011 at Carlson Funeral Home. Burial followed at Homestead Cemetery.

Roger was born Nov. 11, 1930 at Hartley,Texas, the son of Miles and Myrtle (McMurry) Austin. He graduated from Towanda High School. He joined the United States Air Force serving during the Korean war and retiring from the United States Air Force.

He was united in marriage to Magdalena Zarnovski on Sept. 27, 1952 in Germany. She passed away Oct. 8, 1994. Roger married Elva Rosebraugh on May 31, 2003 in El Dorado.

He was a member of the VFW and American Legion. He loved to go to the casinos, travel and play in his garden.

Survivors include wife Elva; daughter Nancy and her husband Rick Freeman of Prairie Village. Kan.: step-son Dale and his wife Sandy Rosebraugh of El Dorado; sister Betty Worthington of Anchorage, Ak.; grandchildren James Hernandez of Howard, and Vanessa Hernandez of Potwin, Kan.; step-grandchildren Michael, Brian and David Freeman, Tracey Rosebraugh, Tiffnay Brown and Michael McAllister; fourteen great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers and two sisters.

A memorial has been established with the American Cancer Society. Contributions may be left at Carlson Funeral Home where friends may call. Condolences to the family can be sent to

Unknown Newspaper - August 15, 2000

MR. FRED L. AXTELL - Submitted by FofFG - A.W.

MOLINE - Fred Lawrence Axtell, 100, longtime resident of Moline, died Aug. 15, 2000, at Elk Manor Nursing Home in Moline.

Services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Moline Cemetery. The Rev. John Foust will officiate.

A memorial has been established with Elk Manor Nursing Home. Zimmerman Funeral Home of Howard is in charge of arrangements.

Axtell was born Aug. 9, 1900, in Perry, in Jefferson County, to Irene (True) and Myron Axtell. He attended grade school in Argonia and graduated from Argonia High School. He also graduated with a bachelor of science degree in education from Pittsburg State University.

On May 16, 1936, he married Hazel Etta Knabe in Dodge City. They moved to Moline where he became the publisher of The Moline Advance. He was a newspaper publisher for many years and remained a commercial printer until his retirement. He had been a resident of Elk Manor since Aug. 15, 1989. Mrs. Axtell died April 8, 1999.

He was a member of the Moline Christian Church.

Survivors include a sister, Grace Taylor, Sun City, Calif.: and a niece, Betty Sallee, Moline.

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