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Howard Courant-Citizen - April 1967

MRS. GERTIE R. BABB

GERTI RICHARDSON BABB
BABB - Gertie Richardson, daughter of Henry and Julia Richardson, was born January 12, 1889, at DeWitt, Nebraska, and departed this life at the Sedan hospital, April 13, 1967, at the age of 78 years, 3 months and 1 day.

She moved with her parents to near Severy, Kansas in 1899. On December 25, 1906, she married Wiley Friend and to this union were born three daughters and two sons, Mrs. Ethel Criger, Mrs. Violet Hebb, Mrs. Della Cox, Vern Friend, all of Howard, and Forrest Friend who preceded her in death in 1928. She was married to Burlen Babb, who passed away in 1958. She was a member of the First Baptist church in Howard and attended faithfully while her health permitted. She enjoyed doing things for others and looked forward to the visits of her children.

She leaves to mourn her passing her three daughters and one son; one daughter-in-law, Florence; two sons-in-law, Clad Criger and Millard Cox. One son-in-law, Martin Hebb, preceded her in death. She is also survived by 15 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; five brothers and three sisters, Jesse of Howard; Orvel of Piedmont; Henry of Rantoul; Walter of Ft. Cobb, Oklahoma; Arthur of Freedom, California; Chloe Morgan of Howard; Elsie Shumard of Lincoln, Nebraska, and Ida Babb of Hazelton. Her mother, father, four brothers and three sisters preceded her in death.

Funeral services were held on Saturday April 15, at 2:00 p.m., in the Spurrier-Watt chapel, Howard, with the Rev. Ralph Olsen, pastor of the Howard Baptist church officiating. Music was presented my Mrs. Curtis Morgan, accompanied by Mrs. Robin Smith at the organ. Casket bearers were Willard L. Morss, Holly M. Miller, Harvey VanBuskirk, Bill Gragg, Roy B. Miller and Elwood Miller. Concluding services and burial were in Grace Lawn Cemetery, Howard, Kansas.


Unknown Newspaper - September 1, 1988

MRS. AVAS A. BACUS - Submitted by Dan Durbin

Avas Aliene Bacus, 79, homemaker and retired teacher, died Thursday, Sept. 1, 1988. Service 2 p.m. today, United Methodist Church.

Survivors: husband, John; brother, James Wood of Veneta, Okla.; sisters, Othello McSpadden of Moline, Genece Jones of Wellington, Marjorie Hammond of Wichita.

Watt Funeral Home, Moline.
**Note: Interment in Greenlawn Cemetery, Grenola, Ks.**


March 1991

MR. JOHN W. BACUS

John Wesley Bacus, 82, at Grenola, died Friday, March 15, 1991, at Elk Manor Nursing Home, Moline, Kansas. He was born October 8, 1908, in Howard, Kansas, to Edson Hunter and Emma Lucretia (Osborn) Bacus. He was a grain elevator operator for many years in Grenola, and a member of the Grenola United Methodist Church.

On April 23, 1939, he and Avis Aliene Wood were united in marriage. She preceded him in death on September 1, 1988.

Survivors include one brother, Elvy ‘Bill’ Bacus of Mesa, Arizona; and two sisters, Opal Makemson of Mesa, Arizona, and Laveda Hunt of Chandler, Arizona.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, March 20, 1991, at 1:30 p.m., in the Grenola United Methodist Church Interment was in Greenlawn Cemetery, Grenola. Rev. LaDonna Carey officiated. Watt Funeral Home, Moline, was in charge of arrangements.

A memorial has been established in his name with the Alzhcimers Disease & Related Disorders, P0 Box 2763, Wichita, KS 67201.


May 1934

MR. CHARLEY BAGBY

They say Charley Bagby, an old resident of this community, who grew to manhood here was buried Friday afternoon. The funeral was held at Rule school house. The relatives have the sympathy of the friends of this community.


Independence Reporter - January 12, 1988

MR. LEE L. BAILEY - Submitted by L. Morgan

MOLINE-- Lee L. Bailey, 92, of Moline, died Monday morning at his home.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Watt Funeral Home in Moline with burial at Elk Falls cemetery.

Mr. Bailey was born March 19, 1895 in Ornaga, to Everett and Margaret (Flowers) Bailey. He was a veteran of World War I, and a self employed portrait photographer. He started Bailey Studio in 1913 in Moline and operated it until his death.

He was a member of the IOOF Lodge, the Veterans of World War I, and the American Legion. He attended the United Methodist church in Moline and the Epiphany Episcopal church in Sedan.

Among the survivors is a sister-in-law, Maude Bailey, Moline.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or to the church of the donor’s choice.


Howard Courant-Citizen - May 3, 1951

MRS. MAGGIE E. BAILEY - Submitted by L. Morgan

MAGGIE BAILEY
Maggie E. Flowers, daughter of George S. and Louise Flowers was born October 13, 1854 at Pilot Grove, Indiana. The family left Indiana when she was a small child and resided in Minnesota for a brief period, then came to Kansas. She was married to Rufus Snedeker September 14, 1872. To this union two children were born, John, now deceased, and Maud. On February 16, 1880 she was united in marriage to Everett Bailey. To this union thirteen children were born, four of them, Myrtle, Ralph, Grace and George Everett dying in infancy.

Mr. and Mrs. Bailey came to Elk county in 1903 and resided near Elk Falls, moving to Moline in 1910, where they lived the rest of their lives. Mr. Bailey passed away September 19, 1932.

Mrs. Bailey was a lifelong member of the Methodist church having been baptized and received at the age of four years. She placed her membership in the Methodist church in Moline in 1916.

Mother Bailey, as she was affectionately called by the community was a woman of strong and worthy character, positive in her views and in her faith, keeping a deep interest in life in general and her community in particular and loved by her family and her wide circle of friends. She was very proud of her advanced age and had a desire to live to be 100 years old. She became ill about four months ago, but her spirit refused to give up easily in spite of her long years. She passed away Wednesday, April 18, 1951 at the age of 96 years, seven months, six days.

The surviving children are: Maud Jenkins, Los Angeles, California; Alta Boulton, Howard, Kansas; Lura Alexander, Huntington Park, California; Pearl Collins, Plains, Kansas; Earl, Robert, Lee L. Cecil, Willard and May Hopper all of Moline.

There are also four grandchildren: Helen Knabe, Lois Shankland, Neta Beeler and Mildred Idanez and great grandchildren. Funeral services were held Saturday, April 21, 1951, at the Rarick chapel in Moline, Kansas conducted by pastor O.W. Dewey. Mrs. Hattie Shaffer played a piano solo.

Burial was made in the family lot in the Elk Falls cemetery. -- Moline Advance.

(abbreviated obit)


Unknown Newspaper - February 1966

MR. W. S. BAILEY - Submitted by Dan Durbin

W. S. Bailey Services Held
W. S. Bailey, 87, passed away last Saturday in the West Plains, (Missouri) Memorial Hospital, where he had been for a month following a severe stroke. Mr. Bailey was born in Hickory County, Mo., on Nov. 12, 1878 and came to Kansas while yet a child. He farmed for years in the Moline vicinity.

Survivors include the wife, Opal, of the home in West Plains, Mo.; three sons, Harold of Oklahoma City, Bill and Gene of California; a stepson, Dean of California; two daughters, Mrs. Fannie Lawless of Elk Falls and Mrs. Inez Burg of Moline and several grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Wednesday in the Watt Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Bill Adams officiating. Interment was in the Moline Cemetery.


Prairie Star - May 27, 2009

MRS. ALMA L. BAINTER

Alma L. Rainier. 88, passed away Saturday night, May 23, 2009 at her home in Grenola.

Born Jan., 17, 1921, in Leeds. Kan., she the daughter of Silas Russell and Mamie Anne (Lambert) Burdett. She was raised in Leeds and Cedar Vale and graduated from Cedar Vale High School.

Alma was united in marriage to Albert LeRoy "Roy" Gilliam in 1940 in Sedan. To this union, three children were born. Roy preceded her in death.

She married Cleo D. Bainter on Nov. 17, 1980 in Arkansas City, Kan. They made their home on a farm 10 miles east of Winfield. In 1996, the couple moved to Grenola. Cleo preceded her in death on June 13, 2001.

Alma worked as a CNA and a CMA for several years. She later owned and operated several restaurants. She was an artist. She enjoyed ceramics, porcelain painting, and all kinds of arts and crafts. She loved cooking for and taking care of her family and friends. Alma never stopped living for the future.

Her family includes; her son: Harold LeRoy Gilliam and wife, E. Colleen of Springdale, Ark.; her daughter: Deloris Jean Sutton and husband, Joe of Sedan; her brothers: James Alfred Burdett of Sedan and Lambert Allen of Grenola; her sister: Mary Alice Allison of Grenola; 15 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and 3 great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband, Alma was preceded in death by an infant son, Larry David Gilliam, and a brother, Samuel Edward Burdett.

Funeral Services will be held on Thursday morning, May 28, 2009 at 10:30 a.m. at Miles Funeral Service in Winfield. Interment will follow at Memorial Lawn Cemetery north of Arkansas City. Friends may call at the funeral home on Wednesday evening from 5 to 9. The family will greet friends from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

Memorials have been established in Alma's name for the American Diabetes Foundation. Grenola Christian Church and for the American Heart Asociation. Conributios may be made hrough he funeral home.

Online condolences may be made at www.milesfuneralservice.com.


Sedan Times-Star - June 20, 2001

MR. CLEO D. BAINTER

Cleo D. Bainter, age 87, of Grenola, Kansas, passed away Wednesday evening, June 13, 2001, at Via Christi/St. Francis Medical Center in Wichita, KS.

Born March 4, 1914 on a farm northwest of Oxford, KS, he was the son of John and Martha Bainter. He was raised in Oxford and attended school there. As a young man, he helped his father on the family farm.

He married Mabel Fearmax and she preceded him in death. Cleo was employed with the Winfield State Hospital and Training Center in the Maintenance Department and retired in 1979.

On November 17, 1980, he was united in marriage to Alma L. Burdett in Arkansas City, KS. They made their home on a farm ten miles east of Winfield. In 1996, they moved to Grenola, KS. He resided there until April 2001 and then entered the Cedar Vale Community Hospital Long Term Care Center. He was a resident there until his death.

Cleo was a member of the Grenola Christian Church and had just been baptized on June 10, 2001. Besides being a lifelong farmer, Cleo enjoyed fishing, being outdoors, dancing and bingo.

His family includes his wife, Alma, of the home, stepson, H. L. Gilliam and wife, Colleen, Springdale, AR, stepdaughter, Deloris Sutton and husband, Joe, Sedan, KS, step grandchildren, Jason Gilliam, Cheryl Nida, Jody Sutton, Jeff Sutton, John Sutton, Dana Burgess, Dorothy Reese, Jenny Hutching and seventeen step great grandchildren. In addition to his wife, Mabel, he was preceded in death by two step grandchildren, Lori Ledbetter and Curtis Norris.

Funeral services were held Saturday, June 16, 2001, at 2:00 p.m. at Miles Funeral Service in Winfield. Interment followed at the Memorial Lawn Cemetery north of Arkansas City; KS.

Memorials have been established in Mr. Bainters name for the Grenola Christian Church and the Cedar Vale Hospital Activity Fund. Contributions may be made through the funeral home.


The Winfield Courier - January 23, 2010

MRS. DONNA BAIR - Submitted by L. Morgan

DALLAS — Donna Bair, 73, of Dallas, Texas, died Dec. 18, 2009.

Services were 10 a.m. Dec. 22 in Laurel Land Memorial Chapel, 6000 South R.L. Thornton Freeway, Dallas, TX 75232.

Memorials are to the First United Methodist Church Missions, 403 Main St. Duncanville, TX 75116.

Online condolences may be made to laurellandfuneralhome.com.

Mrs. Bair was born Oct. 17, 1936, in Howard, to Ray and Mary (Webster) Stark.

She was a longtime medical lab technician.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 39 years, Donald Bair.

Survivors include her mother, Mary Barnes, Howard; her sons, Jerry Bair, Duncanville, and Ray Bair, San Francisco, Calif.; and four grandchildren.


Howard Courant - December 25, 1891

MR. HARDIMAN[sic] BAIRD

Died, at his home, near Howard, Ks., Sunday morning, Dec. 20, 1891, at 2 a.m., Hardiman Baird, aged 78 years, 7 months and 3 days. Mr. Baird was born in Bath county, Ky., on the 17th day of May 1813, where he lived until he came to Howard, about 12 years ago. He has always been a moral, law abiding citizen, a kind husband and father, and his aged wife and several sons and daughters have the sympathies of all. Mr. Baird was not a member of any church, although he was converted to religious belief under the labors of the great Kentucky revivalist, George O. Barnes, in 1875; however his sympathies were with the Methodist church and the funeral services were conducted by J.N. Young, of that denomination. Hardiman Baird was a member of the Masonic Fraternity, and held a dimit from Newton Lodge No. 286, A.F.& A.M. of Bethel, Ky.


Howard Courant - December 14, 1922

MR. SAMUEL S. BAIRDSubmitted by L. Morgan

Samuel Sanford Baird was born at Wyoming, Bath county, Kentucky, on February 12th, 1839, and passed away at the home of his daughter, near Howard, December 7th, 1922. aged 83 years, 10 months and 5 days.

He was united in marriage to Miss Margaret Anderson, May 4th, 1869. To this union were born two sons and three daughters. The wife and mother and two daughters, Miss Jennie H. Baird and Mrs. Lizzie Morgan, proceeded him in death. Two sons, E. C. Baird of St. Joseph. Missouri, and W. S. Baird of Hazelton, Idaho, and one daughter, Mrs. B. J. Corbin, are left to mourn the loss of father, together with grand children and other relatives and a host of friends.

Mr. Baird united with the Christian church at an early age, was always faithful in attendance until ten years ago he had a great misfortune that left him entirely blind. He was a member of the Masonic fraternity for many years. During the Civil War he served as a private in Company B, 10th Kentucky Cavalry. He had been a resident of Kansas for forty years.

Funeral services were held in the Christian church of Howard, Sunday, December 10th, at 2 o’clock, conducted by the minister, Miss Lucie M. White, assisted by Rev, S. N. Fear, the G. A. R. and Ladies Circle.

Burial was in Grace Lawn cemetery, services at the grave being conducted by the Masonic lodge.


The Moline Advance - August 26, 1937

Mr. ALBERT H. BAKER - Submitted by Dan Durbin

A. H. BAKER PASSED AWAY LAST THURSDAY
Another One of Our Pioneers Has Left Us

On August 19, 1937, A. H. Baker, one of our Christain pioneers departed this life after a long spent course of 89 years. He perservered and became not only an honoured pioneer of this community, but for his country. His teachings among his fellowmen were for them to believe in something that is great and good, to believe in the future of your community, to believe in the goodness of your people and in the watchfulness and care of God, the Father of us all. Mr. Baker spent many long, hard years of leanness and toil, but the pioneer spirit helped to carry him through to a fulfillment of dreams of the future. This good Christian man had been taught that it is your duty to work, to suffer if necessary to overcome difficulties and hardships of life.

A. H. Baker moved from Southern Illinois to Kansas in 1871--took up 160 acres of land, paid $1.25 per acre to the government--improved it and lived on this claim for several years when he sold it. He bought a farm on Elk river north of Elk Falls where he lived a number of years. After this farm was sold, Mr. Baker went into the hardware business at Elk Falls in partnership with George Fain. After years of experience in the hardware business he sold out, putting his money into stocks in the zinc mines in Joplin, Missouri, which proved to be a successful adventure.

After the sale of the zinc stock, he moved to Moline and started a racket store, managed by himself and his two sons, Byron and Jay. He sold the racket store to go to work for the Moline Mercantile Co. owned by Rettig and Johns. His health began to fail while he was working for the Mercantile, so he retired from active life to private life at his home in Moline, Kansas, where he lives a social and devoted life to his family, community and church,of which he was a true and devout Christain worker.

OBITUARY

Albert Haines Baker, oldest son of George and Caroline Baker, was born November 29th, 1847, at Fairfield, Illinois. He passed away at his home in Moline Kansas, August 19th, 1938, aged 89 years, 8 months and 20 days.

While still a young man, he moved with his parents to Elk Falls, Kansas. Here he was married to Florence DeEtte Fancher, December 2, 1877. To this union was born four children: Effie Florence, who died in infancy; Maude, John Jay and Albert Byron.

He was engaged in the Mercantile business in Elk Falls, Webb City, Missouri and Moline until about 15 years ago when his eyesight became impaired and he was forced to give it up.

He united with the Methodist Episcopal church while he still lived in Elk Falls and he remained a true and faithful servant of the Lord since that time, having been very active in church affairs until the last few years. He was a member of the Gospel Team for several years and the influence of this group is still felt in this community.

He was a member of the Masonic lodge A F & A. M. of Moline.

His wife preceded him in death just last February 3rd after they had spent a life of over 59 years together.

He leaves to mourn his passing, his daughter Maude Spray of Moline; two sons, J. Jay Baker of Palo Alto California, and Byron Baker of Moline; one granddaughter Virginia Baker of Palo Alto, California, and one grandson, byron Spray of Moline; one brother, Theodore Baker of Moline; three sisters, Mrs. Rhodina Webb of Los Angeles, California, Mrs. Sybl Mathes of Siloam Springs, Arkansas, Mrs. Amanda Taylor of Terry, Oklahoma; several nieces and nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Funeral services were conducted at the M. E. Church in Moline by Belle Reid Yates of Grenola at 2:30 Sunday afternoon, August 22.


June 1988

MR. ALFRED E. BAKER

Alfred Earl Baker was born to Gertie Zollars and Allie Leban Baker on June 17, 1911 at Arlington. He married Delora Fayc Holtsclaw on June 10, 1935. To this union, five children were born. Alfreda Foote of Pasco, Wash.; James of Colton, Calif.; Bonnie Newman of Sedan; Clifford of Moline; and Delbert of Sedan. Alfred also leaves 13 grandchildren and 10 greatgrandchildren, two sisters, Marie Vestal of Howard; and Juanita King of Wichita Falls, Texas; and nieces and nephews. Preceding him in death arc his parents, two brothers, Walter and Trity; and one grandson, Donald Foote.

Alfred was baptized in 1935 and spent his youth and early married years as a farmer in the Longton and Upola communities. After giving up farming, he worked at the State Soldier’s Home in Fort Dodge; DeCoursey’s Creamery and the Santa Fe Railroad in Moline.

After his early retirement, Alfred spent his remaining years doing odd jobs in the Moline Community. Alfred will be remembered for his many years and hours mowing, an activity he always enjoyed.

He enjoyed visiting and telling of his many stories of the past. He made many friends during his life including the 34 years at 704 North Main in Moline. before passing away on June 14, 1988 at the age of 76.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, June 18, at 11:00 a.m. at the Watt Funeral Home Chapel. Ted Davis, Pastor of the Longton Baptist Church officiated. Serving as pallbearers were Gene Williams, John Mann, Bill Wolfe, Dennis Hogan, Glenn Coble and Jim Roberts. Alice Olson provided music on the organ. Graveside service was held at 1:00 p.m. at the Longton Cemetery with Ted Davis officiating. Watt Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. A memorial in Alfred’s name has been established to the Shalom organization at Moline.


The Moline Review - December 14, 1900

MRS. CAROLINE E. BAKER - Submitted by Dan Durbin

Grandma Baker at Rest
Caroline Elizabeth Baker was born in Kentucky, September 22, 1827, and died at her home three miles south of Moline, December, 6, 1900, of dropsy. Her age was 73 years, 2 months and 14 days.

Mother Baker moved with her parents while yet young, to St. Louis and later to Wayne county, Illinois where on Sept. 17, 1844, she was married to George Baker, who still survives. Their union was blessed with ten children, three sons and seven daughters, of whom nine now live to mourn the loss of a most affectionate and tender mother.

Mrs. Mary J. Book, Mrs. Rhodina Webb, Mr. A. H. and Mr. Martin Baker, of Moline, Kansas; Mrs. Sibbil Ford and Theodore Baker, of Siloam Springs, Arkansas; Mrs. Sarah A. Powell, of Boylston, Illinois; Mrs. Amanda Taylor, of Greenfield, Missouri; and Malvina Brisendine, of Cherryvale, Kansas, are the children all of whom have grown to be highly respected men and women of the several communities where they live.

Mr. and Mrs. Baker moved to Kansas in 1871, settling near Elk Falls, where they were held in the highest esteem by all who enjoyed their acquaintance. Grandma Baker became a member of the M. E. church at the age of sixteen and lived a true and faithful Christian life for fifty-seven years, during which time she did much for the sick and the poor, never missing an opportunity to bring sunshine and hope into the homes and hearts of her neighbors and friends.

Fifty-seven years of unceasing labor for her Father's kingdom was rewarded while here by sincere and profound respect and admiration of her friends, and her heavenly reward will be in no degree less than her well-doing while with us.

Mother Baker was made t feel that her labors were not in vain and the day before she died expressed a willingness to pass from her earthly home into the great beyond.

Rev. J. P. Armstrong, of the M. E. church of Moline, administered the last sad rites for the dead.

After a long life of usefulness, Mother Baker rests in the Ames Chapel cemetery.

Peace to a mother's sacred memory.


- November 1906

MR. DAVID BAKER - Submitted by L. Morgan

Died - At the home of his son, near Crawford, Nebraska, on November 25, 1906, David Baker, aged 87 years, 5 months and 20 days.

David Baker was born June 5, 1819, at Houlton, Aroostock Co., Me. At the age of fourteen he moved with his parents to Aylmer, Ontario, Canada, at which place he was united in marriage to Rebecca Abell. Later in life he resided in Illinois, Iowa and Kansas.

On the 34th of September, 1864, he enlisted as a volunteer in the First Iowa Battery, Company of Captain Grey, and served to the end of the war, at which time he was honorably discharged. His complete record of service and a copy of his discharge may be found in Carnahan's Manuel of the Civil War. He participated in the battle of Nashville, under General Thomas; also in various other Union battles, for which service he was ranked highly as a citizen soldier.

Mr. Baker united with the Seventh-Day Adventist church about ten years ago, prior to which time he had been a trusted member of the Baptist church from early manhood.

His wife died at the home of his son Arthur less than one year ago. He leaves four daughters and one son, Arthur D. Baker, to mourn his loss.


Sedan Times-Star - December 28, 2005

MRS. DELORA F. BAKER

SEDAN - Delora Fay Baker, 89, of Sedan, Kan., former longtime Moline and Longton resident, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2005, at the South Central Kansas Regional Medical Center in Arkansas City, Kan.

She was born Jan. 29, 1916, at Upola, Kan. northeast of Longton to Walter and Della (Edwards) Holtzclaw. She grew up in the Upola and Longton area, where she received her education.

On June 10, 1935, she married Alfred Baker at Fredonia. Following their marriage, they lived in the Longton area until moving to Moline in the 1940’s. Mr. Baker preceded her in death on June 14, 1988. After Mr. Baker’s death, she continued making her home in Moline until moving to Sedan in 1998 to make her home with her daughter.

For many years, Mrs. Baker sold Tupperware, Blair Products and was a greeting card sales representative. Later she began working at Elk Manor Nursing Home in Moline. While working at Elk Manor, she became a CNA and CMA. She continued working until shortly before moving to Sedan.

She was a member of the Christadelphian Ecclesia in Longton.

Survivors include three Sons, James Baker and Clifford Baker, both of Moline, and Delbert Baker, Colorado; one daughter, Kathie Newman, Sedan; 12 grandchildren and several great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one daughter, Alfreda Foote in 2000, two brothers, two sisters and two grandsons.

Services were at 2 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 23, 2005, at the Christadelphian Ecclesia in Longton. Burial was in the Upola Cemetery northeast of Longton.

The family suggests memorials to the Christadelphian Ecclesia in Longton; contribution may be left with the funeral home. David W. Barnes Funeral Home of Sedan was in charge of arrangements.


Unknown Newspaper - June 2005

MRS. EDITH L. BAKER

HOWARD — Edith Lujane Baker, 56, of rural Elk Falls, died Thursday at her home.

Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at Calvary Chapel in Elk Falls with Pastor Steve Bliss officiating. Interment will be in Elk Falls Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to Friends of Elk Falls, and they may be left with Zimmerman Funeral Home, Howard.

Ms. Baker was born on May 31, 1949 at Newton to Harold and Vesta (Everett) Olney. She graduated from high school at Sedgwick.

She attended Venus Hairstyling Academy and founded "The Albatross" hairstyling business in Newton which she operated for 12 years. She later completed a degree in nursing at Hutchinson Junior College and was employed as a registered nurse at Halstead Hospital in Halstead and Wesley Medical Center in Wichita. In 1995, she moved to Howard and founded "Old Church Quilts ..and More." She operated the quilting business for several years before moving to Elk Falls in the late 1990s. She was currently the owner and operator of "Quilts and More" in Elk Falls.

Ms. Baker was a member of the National Quilting Association, the National Machine Quilters Association, the American Legion Auxiliary of Newton, the Friends of Elk Falls, and Calvary Chapel in Elk Falls.

She is survived by two brothers, Bill Olney, Moodus, Conn., and Joe Olney, Newton; and two sisters, Jessie Kahle, Americus, and Peggy Koehn, Halstead.


The Moline Review - April 1907

MR. GEORGE BAKER - Submitted by Dan Durbin

Death of George Baker
George Baker was born in Columbiana county, Ohio, on April 3, 1823, and died at Moline, Kansas, April 13, 1907, having attained the ripe old age of 84 years and 10 days. At the age of 19 he moved with his father to Wayne county, Illinois, when 23 years of age he married Caroline Elizabeth Cross. In 1874 he moved with his family to Elk Falls, Kansas, where he lived until a few years ago.

Six years ago his companion passed on before into that heavenly clime whither also one child also has gone leaving nine sons and daughters to mourn the loss of a father. Three sons, A. H., Theodore and Martin, live in or near Moline, as also do two daughters, Mrs. J. J. Webb and Mrs. George Book. Other daughters are Mrs. Malvina Brisendine, of Thayer, Kan.; Mrs. Amanda Taylor, of Sylvana, Mo., and Mrs. Libbie Ford and Mrs. Sarah Thurston, of Siloam Springs, Ark.

Mr. Baker profess the faith of the M. E church in 1854, and being of a fewvent religious nature he has been a faithful and active worker in the church ever since. He was always in his place in church and was greatly missed in its services when illness compelled his absence.

Mr. Baker was a good upright citizen and is greatly missed by all.


The Moline Advance - March 13, 1930

MR. GEORGE M. BAKER - Submitted by Dan Durbin

DEATH OF GEORGE BAKER

George Baker, well known here, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Baker, met a tragic death Tuesday afternoon at Cottonwood Falls, where he was at work with an oil drilling rig.

Mr. Baker was at the top of the derrick making some adjustments when his fellow worker not knowing where he was started the engine and George was crushed with the turning of the wheel where he was at work. As soon as George realized what was happening he cried out and the man at the engine stopped it but in the one turn of the wheel George was so badly crushed that he died in a few hours from the loss of blood and shock at 6:30 p.m. in a hospital at Emporia where he had been taken.

Charles F. Rarick and Edwin Saffels went to Emporia Tuesday night and brought the body here. Funeral services will be held at the Methodist Church at 2:00 p. m. Friday.

Mr. Baker leaves his wife and three children, Virginia 10 years old, Bobbie 6 years old and Jack one year old. George was 33 years old. He was an honorable and upright young man who will be missed not only by his immediate family but by the whole community here where he grew to manhood.


THE MOLINE ADVANCE - March 20, 1930

George Milton Baker was born in Moline, Kansas, December 18, 1896, and departed this life March 11, 1930, at Emporia, Kansas, age 33 years, 2 months and 21 days. His entire life was spent in Elk county, Kansas, except three years in Oregon.

He was united in marriage to Helen Stafford at Bend, Oregon, in November 24, 1917.

On September 5th, 1918 he answered his Country's call in the World War. At this time many other Moline boys left with George in Third Company Second Battalion, 164 Depot Brigade at Camp Funston. He was honorably discharged December 14, 1918.

He is survived by his wife, one daughter, Virginia; two sons, Bobby and baby John; his father and mother, one brother and three sisters, Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Baker of Moline, Kansas; Mr. John Baker of Grants Pass, Oregon; Mrs. Lottie Rettig of Moline, Kansas; Mrs. Kitty Groom of Greenville, North Carolina, and Mrs. Clara Longacre of Hot Springs, Arkansas. Besides a host of other relatives and friends, one brother in infancy and Mrs. Jessie Dawson preceded him in death.

He was converted during the Roses meetings and joined the Baptist church in 1923 and remained a sincere Christian.

George as a boy was a kind and loving son and continued the same as a father and husband. His greatest pleasure in life was to be with his family and home. In daily life he was always ready to lend a helping hand to those in need. In his passing the entire community will cherish his memory as he was a friend to all who knew him.

Funeral services were held at the Methodist church in Moline Friday afternoon, March 14th at 2:30 conducted by Rev. Sidney Hawkins, the pastor of the Christian church and body was laid to rest in the Moline cemetery with the American Legion ritualistic service.


Prairie Star - February 13, 2013

MRS. MARY E. BAKER

Mary Elizabeth Baker, age 95, a resident of Albuquerque, N.M., and formerly of Howard, passed away Monday, Feb. 4, 2013, at the Las Palomas Care and Rehabilitation Center.

She was born on June 10, 1917 in Elgin, the daughter of Cornelius Ray and Roxie Marie (Stroble) Wiseman.

Mary was united in marriage to William “Bill” Baker on May 6, 1950 in Washington County, Ark. Bill and Mary met in the restaurant she owned at that time in Howard. Soon after marriage they moved to Wichita, where they lived until 1967 when they moved to Coffeyville, Kan. They returned to Howard in 1984.

Mary was a member of the First Baptist Church in Howard and the American Legion Auxiliary, and she worked as a volunteer at the Friendship Meals Senior Center for over 15 years.

Mary is survived by one son Donald Baker of Long Beach, Calif., one daughter Kathleen Lyon of Albuquerque, N.M., three brothers, Louis Wiseman of Howard, John Wiseman of Amarillo, Texas, and Robert Wiseman of Decatur, Texas, two sisters, Lena Tajchman of Omaha, Neb., and Marie Stauffer of Checotah, Okla., three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband William Baker, one daughter Judy Bennett and four brothers, Kenton Wiseman, Milo Wiseman, J.C. Wiseman and Ivan Wiseman.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013, at the First Baptist Church in Howard. Interment was at Grace Lawn Cemetery.

Contributions may be made to either the First Baptist Church, American Legion Auxiliary or Friendship Meals and may be left with the funeral home. Online condolence may be left for the family at www.countrysidefh.com.

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


Unknown Newspaper - June 21, 1966

MRS. NANCY A. BAKER - Submitted by Dan Durbin

Rites Held For Nancy Baker
Mrs. Nancy Ann Baker, 72, wife of A. Byron Baker, Moline, died in her home Tues., June 21 of a heart attack.

Funeral services were held Thursday in the Chapel of the Watt Funeral Home and burial was in the Moline Cemetery.

Mrs. Baker was born near Grenola, Oct. 14, 1893, the daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth (Brady) Smith.

She was married in Moline Mar. 15, 1918 to A. Byron Baker who survives at the home.

Mrs. Baker was a member of the Moline Methodist Church and of the Neptune Chapter of the O.E.S. at Moline.

In addition to her husband, survivors include two brothers; William M. Smith, Moline and Bert E. Smith, Joplin, Mo., four sisters; Mrs. Gracie Higgenbotham, Herrington, Kan.; Mrs. Josie Keath, Independence; Mrs. Mattie Wetmore and Mrs. Nelle Batesel, Chanute.


- December 1905

MRS. REBECCA BAKER - Submitted by L. Morgan

Death of Mrs. Rebecca Baker
Died - About noon on Wednesday December 27, 1905, Mrs. Rebecca Baker, aged 83 years, 2 months and 28 days. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m., Thursday, at the residence of her son, A. D. BAker, conducted by Elder J. H. Wheller. The text was: "I have fought the good fight; I have finished the course; I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness which Christ, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day and not only to me, but to all them that love His appearing." II Tim. 7-8. The remains were brought to Crawford and shipped to Moline, Kansas.


The Moline Advance - December 21, 1944

MR. THEODORE BAKER - Submitted by Dan Durbin

THEODORE BAKER--OBITUARY
Theodore Baker was born in Fairfield, Illinois, November 17, 1857, and passed away at Moline, Kansas, December13, 1944, at age of 87 years.

He came to Kansas with his parents at the age of 13 and settled near Elk Falls, Kansas, at the age of 19. He was united in marriage to Anna R. Webb. To this union was born seven children, three boys and four girls, two boys and one girl preceding him in death. Those left to mourn his passing are his wife Anna, one son John, three daughters, Lottie, Kittie and Clara, two sisters Mrs. Sibbie Roland of Congress, Arizona, and Amanda Taylor of Capron, Oklahoma.

He was converted and united with the Methodist church at Ames Chapel in the year of 1896. He has lived all his life in and around Moline, has been a faithful father and a friend to all. Funeral services were held from the Methodist church at 2:30 Sunday, December 17. Interment in Moline cemetery.

The out-of-town relatives to attend the funeral were: Mrs. Lottie Rettig of Portland, Oregon, Mrs. Kittie Groom, Mooresville, N. C.; Mrs. Charles Rose of Wichita, Kansas and Mr. and Mrs. Fred Osborn of Elk Falls. Mrs. Rose is a niece of Mr. Baker. Mrs. Clara Longacre of Greensville, S. C. was not able to arrive in time for the funeral on account of the illness of her son. She arrived Monday.


The Winfield Courier - July 30, 2003

MRS. NINA R. BALL - Submitted by L. Morgan

HOWARD - Nina Rachel Ball, 86, formerly of Grenola, died July 26, 2003, at Howard Twilight Manor.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in Greenlawn Cemetery, Grenola, with Pastor Joe Thomas officiating. Zimmerman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Ball was born July 4, 1917, at Coffeyville, to Lonzo Huston and Maud (Kisar) Yelvington.

On March 14, 1934, she married Grover Jefferson Ball at Japton, Ark. Ball was a homemaker. Her husband preceded her in death June 26, 1998.

She was a member of the Church of Christ in Sedan.

Survivors include two sons, Charles Ball, Wilson, and Grover Ball Jr., Grenola; a daughter, Christine Roberts, Howard; nine grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and several great-great-grandchildren.


Prairie Star - December 21, 2011

MRS. RUTH C. BALLENGER

Ruth Cora Ballenger, 94, of Wamego, Kan., and formerly of Longton and Humboldt, passed away Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011 at the Westmoreland Community Care Home.

Ruth was born Aug. 30, 1917 in Humboldt, South Dakota the daughter of Bruce H. and Oma (Flesher) Crowell. She moved with her family to Kansas in 1928, attending Oak Valley grade school and living in the Longton area for 22 years and Humboldt, Kan., for 45 years, prior to moving to Wamego in 2006. She married Joseph Oscar Ballenger on Dec. 30, 1937. He preceded her in death.

Ruth was a homemaker and active in the community she lived in. She was a member of the 1st Baptist Church of Longton for many years. Ruth enjoyed meeting her friends for coffee, sewing, bowling, and going on rides in their car. She enjoyed gardening and canning, and was a very good cook. She especially loved spending time with the grandkids, taking them fishing, and having them stay at her home in the summers.

Survivors include her two sons, Joseph "Pete" Ballenger and wife Janice, of Overbrook, Kan., Ronald "Lynn" Ballenger and wife Cindy, of Wamego; one son in-law, Mike Weilert and wife Colleen, Wamego; one twin-brother, Glenn Crowell, Independence; nine grandchildren, five step-grandchildren, 16 greatgrandchildren and 9 step-great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by her nine siblings, Charles, Olin, Lura, Max, Myra, Madge, Ralph, Vera, and Neil; her daughter, Myra "Colleen"; a daughter in-law, Ann Ballenger; and one step-grandson.

Funeral services for Mrs. Ballenger will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011 at the 1st Baptist Church of Longton. Burial will follow at the Longton Cemetery. She will lie in-state beginning at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Stewart Funeral Home of Wamego, where the family will greet friends during a visitation from 6-8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to the Longton Cemetery, or to the Alzheimer's Association, and may be left in care of the Stewart Funeral Home of Wamego, PO Box 48, 66547.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.stew-artfuneralhomes.com.


Prairie Star - September 14, 2011

MR. JAMES E. BANNING

James (Pop) Edward Banning, age 75, went to be with his Heavenly Father on Sunday, Sept. 4, 2011 in Wichita.

He was born June 15, 1936 in Longton, the son of Lonzo Abram and Veora Allison (Jackson) Banning.

James moved with his family to a farm near Longton at age 2, where he grew up and attended Longton schools; graduating from Longton High School in 1954.

James married Wanda Lea Shanks in Longton on Aug. 25, 1961. On April 15, 1963, during a dirt storm, James, Wanda, and son Jimmy moved to the Julius John's farm 12 miles south of Johnson, Kan. Here he began his life journey of working hard on the land and loving the people about him.

Over the next 16 years, Lorri Ann, Janet, Robert (Pete) and Nancy were added to the family. James and Wanda built a house in 1975 and moved into Johnson. After he "retired" from working for Julius Johns for over 36 years, James and Wanda pulled new trailers across this nation to new dealerships for almost a year. After seeing the countryside, James went to work for Collingwood Grain in Big Bow, Kan., pulling anhydrous tanks and running the scales at the elevator during harvest. He then pulled tanks and hauled fertilizer for Skyland Grain across four different counties in Southwest Kansas and two counties in Southeast Colorado. He knew all the country roads and took great pride in all the miles he could travel in a day, making sure the tanks were in the right spot.

He believed in working hard, doing a good job, and accepting people for who they were. James enjoyed having a good time with those he worked with, his family in their day-to-day lives, and his coffee buddies at the convenience store. James accepted the Lord as his personal Savior in 1974 and was a member of the Faith Baptist Church in Johnson. He was a board member of the Stanton County Historical Society. Some of his favorite things were John Deere tractors and combines, tractor pulls, watching a grandson in the mud run, classic country and gospel music, car races, and spending as much time as he could enjoying his family.

He is survived by two sons. Jimmy Banning and wife Kilty of Ulysses, Kan., Robert (Pete) Banning and wife Michelle of Johnson, Kan.; three daughters, Lorri Ann Leatherman and husband Jeff of Liberal, Kan., Janet Sheppard and husband Brian of Syracuse, Kan., Nancy Roberts and husband Michael of Syracuse, Kan.; two brothers, Cecil Banning and wife Eunice of Hesston, Kan., Martin (Bud) Banning of Tyrone, Okla.; grandchildren, Jerrad Banning and wife Alyssa, Katarina Phillips and husband David, Mary Banning, Garth, Garrett, Garron, and Gaven Sheppard, William and Steven Roberts; and great-grandchildren, Aspen Banning and Kaitlin Phillips.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Wanda on July 22, 2007; great-grandson, Keagen Phillips; sister, Jean Wreber; and brothers, Lowell and Delbert.

Funeral services were held Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011 at the Faith Baptist Church in Johnson, Kan., with Pastor Carl Kissell and Pastor Robert Phillips officiating. Burial followed in the Stanton County Cemetery in Johnson, Kan.

Memorials may be given to the Stanton County Historical Society or Stanton County Relay for Life in care of Garnand Funeral Home, P.O. Box 715, Johnson, KS 67855.


Sedan Times-Star - October 31, 1968

MR. LONZO BANNING - Submitted by Curtis Huffman

LONZO BANNING DIES AT INDEPENDENCE

We were sorry to hear of the death of Lonzo Banning, age 66, in Independence last Wednesday, Oct. 23. He lived in Longton and was the oldest son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Delbert Banning.

Lonzo was born near Wauneta and grew to manhood in our community.

Besides his wife, Veora of the home, he is survived by one daughter and four sons; three sisters, Mrs. Eula Pumpelly of Wichita, Mrs. Goldie Crews of Winfield and Mrs. Edit Reed of Peru; two brothers Luther and Boyd of Neodesha; and 16 grandchildren.

Funeral services were held for Lonzo Banning on Saturday by the Webb funeral home in Longton. Burial was at the Lonton cemetery.


July 1995

MR. CLARK A. BANTZ

Clark Albert Bantz passed away Friday, July 28, 1995 at Humboldt. He was 87 years of age, and a resident of Howard. Albert, as he was known to his friends, was born January 26, 1908 at Edina, Missouri to Clark Clinton and Evelyn Luella (Ackerman) Bantz. He attended school and grew to manhood in Missouri. As a young man, Albert moved to Elk County, Kansas with his family amid began working on their farm.

On October 15, 1933, he married Violet L. Stone at Burlington. They made their home on a farm in Elk County, and to this union were born a son, Rex and a daughter Janey. In addition to operating the farm, Albert became a road foreman for Elk County in 1952. Albeit and Violet remained on the farm until moving into Howard in 1968. He retired from his employment with Elk County in 1973, but continued working part time with the road department until the early 1980’s.

Albert was a former member of the Bunker Hill and Union Center school board, and had been active in The Kansas Farm Bureau and the Elk County Cattleman’s Association. He was a long time member of the Howard United Methodist church.

He is survived by his wife, Violet, a son Rex Bantz and his wife Liz of Howard, a daughter Janey Criger and her husband Don of Humboldt, a brother Alton Bantz of Bakersfield, CA., a sister Mary Kaufhold of Rolla, MO., five grandchildren and five great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Clinton Bantz and a grandson Martin Criger.

Funeral services were held at 10:30 am. Monday, July 31, 1995 at the Howard United Methodist Church with Rev. Robert Cooper and Rev. Don Harper officiating. Mrs. Shae Watkins was the organist with Lloyd G. Zimmerman singing "I Know Who Holds Tomorrow’ and “Take My Hand, Precious Lord.” the casket bearers were J.D. Brown, Mark Criger, Chris Ellsworth, Roger French, Jerry Hubbell, and Gary McAlister. The honorary casket bearers were Arthur Allison, Mike Criger, Reece Criger, David Ellsworth, Scott McAlister, and Paul Moore. Interment was held in Grace Lawn Cemetery at Howard.

Memorials have been established with the Howard United Methodist Church and Memorials Howard Senior Center. Contributions may be left with the funeral home. The funeral arrangements were made with the Zimmerman Funeral Home of Howard.


Independence Reporter - April 15, 2008

MR. REX A. BANTZ - Submitted by L. Morgan

HOWARD-- Rex Albert Bantz, 73, of Howard, died Sunday at Galichia Heart Hospital in Wichita.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Howard United Methodist church, with Pastor Charles Cryderman officiating. Burial will be in Grace Lawn Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at the church. Zimmerman Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Mr. Bantz was born May 13, 1934 in rural Howard, the son of Clark and Violet L. (Stone) Bantz. He graduated from Howard High School and attended Kansas State University for two years.

He married Elizabeth Lynam on July 18, 1864, in Moline, and she survives.

Mr. Bantz was a member of the Howard Methodist church, the Howard Fair Association, the Grace Lawn cemetery board, the Elk County Farm Bureau board, the SCS board and the Extension Service board. He was a charter member and club leader of the Flint Hill Boosters 4-H club.

Other survivors include two daughters, Paula McAlister, Moline, and Reann French, Tonganoxie; a sister, Janey Criger, of Humboldt; and four grandchildren.

Memorials can be made to the Elk County 4-H Scholarship Fund and they may be sent to Countryside Funeral Home, P.O. 247, Fredonia, KS 66736.


June 1995

MRS. LOUISE BANTZ

Services for Louise Bantz, 90, of Lawrence, were held at 2 p.m. Monday at Warren-McElwain Mortuary with the Rev. Torn Stallworth officiating. Burial was in Memorial Park Cemetery.

Mrs. Bantz died Friday, June 16, 1995, at Brandon Woods Retirement Community. She was born December 12, 1904, at Howard, the daughter of Burt and Nora Doughtery Spunaugle.

A homemaker, Mrs. Bantz had been a Lawrence residence since 1936, when she moved here from Tonganoxie.

She married Wilbur D. Bantz on June 24, 1923, at Howard. He died November 10, 1985.

She was a member of the First Southern Baptist Church for several years.

Survivors include a nephew Frank Johnson of Shawnee.

The family suggests memorials to the First Southern Baptist church building fund, which may be sent in care of the mortuary.


Howard Courant-Citizen - March 18, 1971

MR. EARL C. BARNABY - Submitted by L. Morgan

Earl C. Barnaby was born at Howard, Kansas, April 9, 1891, and died March 10, 1971, at the Sedan City hospital, Sedan, Kansas.

He was married to Pansy, July 5, 1947, who survives at the home. Other survivors are three step-daughters, Mrs. Ardell VanSickle, Howard, Kansas; Mrs. Delbert Long, ____, Utah; Mrs. Vernon Weakley, Moline, Kansas; eight step-grandchildren and one step great-grandchild; two brothers, Lester of Yates Center, Kansas and Ray of Great Bend, Kansas; three sisters, Mrs. Hazel Carter, Mrs. Opal Clark, Howard, Kansas and Mrs. Myrtle VanDoren, Wichita, Kansas. He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Arminta Barnaby, and one brother, Paul.

Mr. Barnaby was a ??- year member of the Howard Masonic Lodge and Eastern Star, and a member of the State Board of Engineering Examiners, Topeka, Kansas. He served as Elk county engineer for 42 years, retiring in 1961 to spend the remainder of his years working around his home and in his garden.

Services were held at the Spurrier Funeral Home, Howard, March 12 at 2:30 p.m. Pastor Hurley Low of the First Baptist church of Howard, officiated. Casket bearers were Bill Gragg, Fred A. Finley, Elmer Sheel, Oscar Lanning, Fred Hasty, and Earl Brenner. Graveside rites were conducted by Masonic Hope Lodge No.155, AF & AM, Howard. Burial was in Grace Lawn cemetery, Howard.


Unknown Newspaper - January 8, 1966

MRS. JESSIE BARNABY - Submitted by Dan Durbin

Mrs. Jessie Barnaby Dies
Mrs. Jessie Barnaby, 81, of Longton died at Sedan Jan. 8 after a weeks illness. She was the daughter of George and Rosa Hubbel Draper and was born at Ashland, Nebr., the family coming to Elk County when she was a child. Her parents owned and lived on what is the Collier lease northeast of Moline at the time.

In 1902 she was married to Sam Barnaby of Howard. They continued to live at Howard and Longton while their family was growing up. They celebrated their 50 wedding anniversary in May 1952. Mr. Barnaby died in 1958. She has lived in Longton since that time.

Survivors include her children; Mrs. Mabel Shanks of George Barnaby of Longton, Mrs. Goldie Jontra and Glenn Barnaby of Howard, Mrs. Annabelle Hogan of Topeka, Mrs. Mildred Bryan of Independence, Mrs. Marie Hayden of Neodesha, Wm. Sam Barnaby of Garnett, Mrs. Ruth Moore of Grenola and Wilbur Barnaby of Emporia; one brother, Ora Draper of Stephensville, Mont., and 40 grandchildren and 34 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at Longton Tuesday afternoon with burial at Longton.


Howard Courant - October 16, 1930

MR. FRED C. BARACKMAN - Submitted by L. Morgan

Obituary of Fred Colfax Barackman
Fred Colfax Barackman was born near Carthage, Missouri, April 14, 1874, being the youngest of six sons of Kinnard H. and Mary Barackman.

When six weeks old, he came to Elk county, with the family, the father and eldest son having came a few months earlier and secured a farm a few miles west of Howard, and where Fred grew to manhood and continued to live until his death.

He attended the public school at Union Center, and on October 25, 1904, he was married to Miss Charity Bogue of this community, who preceded him into the Greater Life in February 1925, since which time he lived alone on the farm. He became a member of the Presbyterian church of Howard a number of years ago, following the evangelical campaign of Rev. and Mrs. Geo L. Rose. For many years he was a member of the Presbyterian choir, and his splendid tenor voice will be greatly missed, as he heartily enjoyed singing and was always ready to assist in the choir or any community chorus. He was a member of the Masonic fraternity and in earlier years was a member of the Knights of Pythias.

Early Thursday morning, October 9, he passed away at his home and in the same room in which he slept the first night after his arrival in this community when a very young babe. He had been in his usual good health, and earlier in the evening had motored to Severy with the male quartette where they sang at a public concert. He was in unusually good spirits, and on his return to Howard, expressed himself as having had an enjoyable time. He was found in his bed, and it is believed he had passed away without pain or struggle. His age was 56 years, 5 months, and 15 days.

He is survived by three brothers, John P. Barackman of Moscow, Idaho; J. B. and Wm. S. of Howard, and a number of nephews and nieces. His passing is universally mourned, for he was a good citizen, a kind man, and generous neighbor, and a true loyal friend.

The foregoing obituary was read at the funeral service of Fred C. Barackman, held at 2:30, conducted by Rev. A. R. Griggs, pastor, assisted by Rev. Wm. A. Chappell of the M.E. church. The Presbyterian choir sang an anthem arrangement of "Remember Now Thy Creator in The Days of Thy Youth," "Over Just Beyond the Hilltops," and "Lead Kindly Light," Mrs. Griggs at the piano.

The pallbearers were: Frank Andrews, Carl Alexander, D. L. Mullendore, Leonard Courtright, Rex Tarwater, H. A. Gilmore and John Garrison.

The Masonic Fraternity had charge of the services at the grave. The attendence was very large, more than could get in the church. The flowers were beautiful and profuse, several exceptionally fine wreaths and special pieces among the offerings. Altogether it was a most beautiful, appropriate and impressive service.


Howard Courant - October 27, 1927

MR. JAMES A. BARACKMAN - Submitted by L. Morgan

DEATH OF JAS. A. BARACKMAN
Operated On for Gallstones, Oct. 17 -----Passed Away at Wesley Hospital, Oct. 23

A wave of sorrow swept over this community when it became known that Jim Barackman was dead. About three weeks ago, after suffering many days with painful illnes, he was taken to Wesley Hospital, Wichita for diagnosis. An operation was at once deemed necessary, but his condition was not good for the ordeal, so he was given preparatory treatment and special nursing until the 17th inst. when he was operated on for gallstones, and he appeared to come through in fairly good shape and his case was pronounced as favorable, and for some days he seemed to improved. But Saturday he suddenly took a bad turn and his brothers and daughters were sent for. His wife had been with him all the time. Sunday evening he passed away.

The remains were brought home to Howard, Monday afternoon. Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. the funeral was held at the home.

This community boasted no better citizen than Jim Barackman. He was honest, industrious, thrifty, kind, friendly, and charitable. For more than half a century he had lived among us--from the time he was a young lad of nine years till he was past sixty two, building up and maintaining an honored name, respected and beloved by all. His untimely death is a sad bereavement to his wife, his two spendid young daughters, his brothers and other reliatives, and a distinct loss to this community and county.

The following obituary was read at the funeral yesterday:

James Allen Barackman was born in Stevenson county, Illinois, March 17, 1865, and passed away at the Wesley hospital, Wichita, Kansas, October 23, 1927 at 8:30 o'clock p.m. at the age of 62 years, 7 months and 6 days.

He was the fourth son of Kinnard and Mary Barackman. When at the age of one year the family moved to Missouri, where they lived until he reached the age of nine years, then moving to Elk county where he grew to manhood. He was married to Cora Bogue, September 3, 1891. To this union were born two daughters, Mrs. Mildred Criger, of Howard and Lena Lee Barackman of Independence, Kansas.

Mr. Barackman was converted and joined the Methodist church December 8, 1907 and retained his membership until his death.

He leaves to mourn his going, his wife and two daughters, one grandchild, (this namesake), four brothers, a large family of relatives and a host of friends.

His father and mother and one brother having preceded him to his reward.

His family were at his bedside during his last illness.

Like one falling to sleep, his last moments wre peaceful and quiet, no struggle marking the moment when his spirit took its flight.

Funeral services were held at the home west of Howard, Wednesday at 10 a.m., conducted by the Rev. Hoopingarner, pastor of the M. E. church, a great crowd of neighbors and friends, many from quite long distances attending. A quartette composed of Mrs. Noel Mullendore, Mrs. Fred Osborn, Thos. E. Thompson, and F. L. Dobyns sang favorite hymns. Burial was in Grace Lawn Cemetery, Howard, Kansas.


Howard Courant - October 29, 1925

MR. THOMAS A. BARACKMAN - Submitted by L. Morgan

Thomas Aaron Barackman was born at Graysville, Ohio, February 15, 1861--one of the six sons of Kinnard H. and Mary Battin Barackman. He came to Howard county, Kansas with his parents and brothers in June 1874, and was reared to manhood at their farm home near Union Center, this county. He attended the country schools, and was a studious, ambitious pupil, and at the early age of 17 began teaching. he taught at different points--Union Center, Highland, Forest--and perhaps other places, and held a 1st grade certificate after the first or second term.

In 1887 he came to Howard, and was employed by McKey & Eby in the grocery department of the Elk County Store. Later when the firm disposed of the grocery business, he became a partner with Messrs. Adams & Strong, afterwards in partnership with his brother, W. S. Barackman succeeding to the business and continuing for many years as Barackman Brothers.

He was married to Fannie Alena Crawford, at Greenfield, Indiana, on January 6, 1892, and to them were born two sons and four daughters, namely Ruth, now Mrs. James Enright; Lois, now Mrs. Loran Robertson; Crawford K., Donnel, Mary and Helen. He became a member of the Methodist Episcopal church early in life, at Union Center, later transferring his membership to Howard. He has always been a loyal supporter of his church faithful in attendance when his affairs would permit, and for many years was a member of the church choir. He also served faithfully on the Board of Stewards for more than a quarter of a century.

Mr. Barackman was all his life a rugged, healthy man, a prodigy of physical strength, industrious, active and capable. He scarcely ever knew an illness until within comparatively a few months he has been suffering from indigestion and heart trouble, but rarely unable to perform his usual work. Monday of last week he was stricken with slight trouble with his heart, and was compelled to leave the store and go to his home, but the following day he was again at this work. Wednesday morning he arose as usual, but as he was preparing to eat his breakfast, was again stricken with a severe pain in his breast, and within a very short time passed away. The unexpected, unlooked for news of his passing fell on this community as stunning, almost unbelievable.

In the passing of Tom Barackman, his family is bereft of a loving, faithful husband; an affectionate thoughtful and indulgent father. An aged mother mourns the loss of a loving, dutiful son, the first one of her six big, manly boys to be taken from her.

Words of eulogy for this good man seem meaningless and useless, when spoken to friends who have known him, loved him, and enjoyed his friendship and numberless favors for so many years. In his going away, this community loses a man whose place cannot be filled. ---T. E. T

The funeral services for the late T. A. Barackman were held at the M. E. Church, conducted by his pastor, Dr. H. R. Mills, assisted by Rev. E. B. McKinney of the Christian church. Four of his life-long friends sang some of the favorite songs of the deceased and John Marshall, one of the associate justices of the Kansas supreme court, delivered an eulogy of the deceased. Mr. Marchall told of his acquaintance with the deceased when both were boys, his kindness of heart, his clean character, the love for home, of kindred and friends, and his consistent Christian life.

The Masons of Howard, and visiting brethren, marched from their hall to the church and took part in the ceremonies at the grave.

The church was beautifully decorated with the flowers presented by the civic societies of the city, and by friends and relatives of the family. Not one half of the crowd who came to do honor to the deceased was able to enter the church.

All of his children and grandchildren were here, and all of his brethren, except one, John, who resides in Idaho and was unable to come.


October 1996

MRS. BETTY BARBER

SEDAN — Betty Wilson Barber, 67, a former resident of Moline, died Saturday at a Houston, Texas hospital.

Services will be Wednesday at 2 pm. at the First Christian Church in Moline with the Rev. Jim Carter officiating. Interment will be in the Moline Cemetery, under direction of Graves-Baird Funeral Home of Sedan. Memorials are suggested to the American Lung Association.

Mrs. Barber was born March 5, 1929, in Moline, to Orville E. and Audrey (Wolverton) Mills. She owned and operated the Tin Hat Tavern in Cleveland, Texas for 23 years.

Survivors include two sons, Steve Hilyard, Channelview, Texas, and Dennis McMlllan, Cleveland, Texas; a daughter, Kay Kirksey, Baytown, Texas; three brothers, Calvin Mills and Roger Mills, both of Moline, and Harold Mills, Wichita; two sisters, Margie Linge and Pat Custer, both of Moline; 10 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.


Prairie Star - February 12, 2014

MR. H. G. BARBER

H. G. “Buff” Barber was born in Buffalo, Mo., to Margrette and Kenneth Barber on March 26, 1937.

He passed away on the Westfall Ranch at Longton, Kan., on Friday, Feb. 7, 2014.

He really enjoyed life on the ranch working with the hunting dogs and field trials. He especially enjoyed hunting, fishing, and trapping. Being with friends at the Cozy Café in Longton was the highlight of his day.

Services for Buff will be Saturday, Feb. 15 at 11 a.m., at the Montgomery-Viets Funeral Home in Buffalo, Mo. Visitation will start at 10 a.m., with the funeral following visitation. He will be cremated after the funeral and placed at the cemetery with his family.

Memorial will be to the Diabetes Foundation.

The family appreciates all of the friendships Buff had in the Longton area. Anyone that would like to contact the family with memories of Buff can email his sister, Priscilla Bean at prissiebean@yahoo.com.


Elk County Citizen - June 8, 1904

MASTER NOYES M. BARBER - Submitted by L. Morgan

NOYES M. BARBER
Died, at the home of his parents, Howard, Kansas, Sunday June 5th, 1904, at 8:30 a.m., Noyes M. Barber, son of Noyes and Sarah N. Barber, aged 8 years, 9 months, and 24 days.

He was a precocious child, possessing a highly developed mental organism and living and acting the part of a youth. It might be truly said of him, "he was father to the man." At school he was exceedingly bright in his studies - he did not study - he seemed already to know his lessons. He was actuated by the highest motives and was never so happy as when distributing gifts among the children of the poor; to make them happy was his constant aim, and many a little one will henceforth miss his generous hand. He had a passion for machinery and one can scarcely believe that a child of such tender years could put together or take apart very complicated machines, yet he did this; in one instance he put together a machine which his parents after repeated attempts failed to put together. He lived in the realm of the spiritual and of late has often been heard in solloquy talking of heaven and the persons in the God-head.

Last October he was stricken down with scarlet fever, followed with an attack of lagrippe during the month of January. Soon after his heart trouble was discovered which caused his death. The little sufferer bore his affliction like a hero. He seemed to know when the shadows were to come and made ready for his death by acquainting his friends of his approaching demise, telling them not to weep for him, that he was going to be with Jesus, and begged the doctor to give him temporary relief from pain. After having had a glimpse of his Savior he bade his loved ones good bye, and soon was not, for the angelic hosts had come and taken him away where Jesus is. (Poem omitted)

The funeral services were held at the home conducted by Rev. Geo. E. Tifft, assisted by Rev. Searcy. A very large number of friends of the family were present and escorted the remains to the cemetery.


Howard Courant - April 20, 1911

MR. NOYES BARBERSubmitted by L. Morgan

Noyes Barber was born at Paris, Spark county, Ohio, July 18, 1810. After a few years his father's family moved to Marshall, Clark county, Illinois, where he grew to manhood. At the beginning of the civil war he enlisted with the 21st Illinois regulars for three months and then in the 10th Illinois Infantry. He served in several of the principal battles and followed Sherman to the sea. At the close of the war he was honorably discharged with the forces at Washington D.C. Afterwards he came to Kansas City, Missouri and went into business. While there he was married to Miss Sarah N. Adams, April 12, 1872.

He came to Kansas in 1874, locating first at Elk Falls where he engaged in the dry goods business until he was elected clerk of the court, when he came to Howard where he has lived most of the time serving in positions of trust, honored and respected by all. In their early life, Mr. and Mrs. Barber unified with the Congregational church on profession of faith and afterwards affiliated with the Howard Presbyterian church. To them were born seven children, two of who preceded him to the better land. A year ago he, with his wife, went to California to visit his married daughter and, in Los Angeles, breathed his last, April 11th, 1911 on the 39th anniversary of his wedding. He leaves a wife, five children, twelve grand children, three sisters and hosts of friends to mourn his departure.

The funeral was held in Howard at the home of Buluh Barber April 18 conducted by J. E. Deggondard, pastor of the Presbyterian church. His body was interred with military honors by the E. M. Stanton Post, G. A. R. in Grace Lawn cemetery.


Unknown Newspaper - April 25, 1967

MR. ALBERT H. BARKLEY - Submitted by Dan Durbin

Albert Barkley Services Held
Albert Henry Barkley, 47, of Moline, died Tuesday, April 25, 1967, in Sedan City Hospital. He was employed as an equipment operator for the Kansas State Highway Department the past 21 years.

Barkley was born Feb. 15, 1920 at Benedict, the son of Arthur and Grace Barkley. On Nov. 11, 1959 at Chanute, he was married to Rosetta Mann, who survives at the home.

Barkley was a veteran of World War II and received the Purple Heart. He was a member of the E.U.B. Church in Chanute, the American Legion of Moline, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars at Grenola.

Additional survivors include two sons, Charles and Gary of the home; two daughters, Alberta and Jeannie of the home; the mother, Mrs. Grace Barkley of Pueblo, Colo.; three brothers, Owen, Charles and Marvin of Pueblo; seven sisters, Vada Barkley of Pueblo, Mrs. Buford Allen of Chanute, Mrs. W. F. Bowman of K. C., Kansas, Mrs. John Regan of Fredonia, Mrs. Kenneth Maddox of Memphis Tex., Mrs. Jim Thomas and Mrs. Howard Strutzel of San Diego, California.

Funeral services were held Saturday at 2 p.m., in The Watt Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Anthony Simowitz officiating. Interment was in the Moline Cemetery.


Sedan Times-Star - June 19, 2007

MRS. ROSETTA M. BARKLEY

Rosetta Mary Barkley passed away on Tuesday, June 19, 2007 at the Pleasant Valley Manor in Sedan. She was 74 years of age and a long time resident of Moline.

Rosetta was born on Dec. 8, 1932 at Chanute to Alva Ettward and Hattie Marie (Clough) Mann. She moved with her family to Oklahoma at an early age and graduated from Copan High School in 1952.

On Nov. 11, 1959, she married Albert Henry Barkley at Chanute and to this union was born two sons, Charles and Gary, and three daughters, Alberta, Jeannie and Teri. Rosetta made a home for her family and was a licensed practical nurse, in the Moline, Sedan and Cedar Vale communities throughout her life. She was preceded in death by her husband on April 25, 1967.

She was very active as a Girl Scout Leader, and was a member of Rebekah Lodge #33 and Ladonia Chapter #243 Order of the Eastern Star. Rosetta was a member of the auxiliary of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion. She was a long time member of the First Baptist Church of Moline.

She is survived by her sons, Charles Barkley of Lubbock, Texas and Gary Barkley of Moline; her daughters, Alberta DeWitt of Moline, Jeannie Shore of Talala, Okla., and Teri Barkley of Sarcoxie, Mo.; her sisters, Helen Austin of Miami, Okla., and Kay Trottingwolf of Bartlesville, Okla.; a sister-in-law, Joyce Mann of San Antonio, Texas; ten grandchildren and ten great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; a brother, James Mann; and two sisters, Beverly Sue Mann who died in infancy and Naomi Grogg.

Memorial services were held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 24, 2007 at the First Baptist Church of Moline with Pastor Tim Adams officiating. Sharon and Kenny Hughes provided organ and piano music with Kay and Edwin Trottingwolf singing “Amazing Grace” and “In The Garden.”

Cremation has taken place. Private inurnment will be held at the Moline Cemetery. A memorial has been established with the First Baptist Church of Moline. Contributions may be left with the funeral home. The funeral arrangements were made with the Zimmerman Funeral Home of Howard.


August 1995

MR. MERREL R. BARKUS

BRAMAN, Okla., — Merrel Ray Barkus, 58, concrete construction foreman, of Braman, Okla., formerly of Winfield, died Aug. 20, 1995. at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Ponca City, Okla.

Graveside services will be 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Geuda Springs Cemetery. Friends may call at Miles Funeral Service in Winfield until 1 p.m. Tuesday.

Barkus was born Aug. 24, 1936. in Eureka, the son of Argyle and Ollie (Smading) Barkus. He attended Eureka schools and graduated from Eureka High School.

He married Joyce Christine Mill Nov. 9, 1957, in Euless, Texas. They lived in Euless five years before moving to Winfield in the early 1960s.

A concrete construction foreman for Kane & Bill’s Construction Co. for many years, he had resided in Ponca City for the last two years.

Survivors include his wife, Joyce Barkus, Winfield, a son, Boyd Ray Barkus, Winfield; four daughters, Jory Gildhouse, Eufaula, Okla., Jody Logsdon, Perryton, Texas, Leslie Johns, Braman, Okla., and Rebecca Barkus, Topeka; a brother, Don Barkus, Howard; and eight grandchildren.

The family suggests that memorials in Mr. Barkus’ name may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.


December 1996

MRS. AGNES M. BARNABY

INDEPENDENCE - - Agnes Mae Barnaby, 88, of Independence, former longtime resident of Longton, died Dec. 22, 1996, at Mercy Hospital in Independence.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday in the Longton United Methodist Church. The Rev, Gerald Manley will officiate. Burial will be in Longton Cemetery.

Memorials have been established with the Longton United Methodist Church and Longton Senior Center. Contributions can be made through Zimmerman Funeral Home of Howard.

Barnaby was born April 25, 1908, at El Dorado, a daughter of George Erby and Mamie Edna (McLam) Weber. When she was a child, the family moved to Piedmont where she graduated from Piedmont High School in 1927. In 1938 she graduated from Pittshurg State University, and in 1962 she earned her master's degree, also from Pittsburg.

On Nov. 26, 1941, she married Glenn Arthur Barnaby in Longton where they lived most of their lives.

Barnaby began teaching in 1928 in rural schools in the Elk County area. She taught school in Howard from 1957 until her retirement in 1972.

She had recently entered Meadowbrook Lodge in Independence.

Barnaby was a member of Kappa Kappa Iota and the Retired Teachers Association. She was active in the Longton Senior Citizens, Helping Hand Club and Longton Library Association, and she attended Longton United Methodist Church.

Survivors include her husband, Glenn Barnaby, Longton; two sons, Art Barnaby, Manhattan, and Richard Barnaby, Valley Center; a daughter, Elizabeth Labhart, San Jose, Calif.; a brother, Raymond Weber, Independence; a sister, Margaret Duckworth, St. Louis; and five grandchildren.


Sedan Times-Star - June 19, 2002

MR. JAMES BARNABY

Mr. James Edward “Jim” Barnaby, age 91, a Barnsdall, Okla. resident since 1978, died at 6:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 12, at the family residence in Barnsdall.

Funeral services for Mr. Barnaby were held at the grave site at 2 p.m. on Saturday in the Barnsdall Ethel Reese Cemetery. Rev. Edgar Beaver of the Barnsdall Free Will Baptist Church officiated. Committal prayers and interment was directed by the Arnold Moore Barnsdall Funeral Home.

A native of Kansas, Jim Barnaby was born at Howard, Kan. in Elk County on July 27, 1910. He was the son of Sam O. and Jessie (Draper) Barnaby. Jim attended school at Bunker Hill, High Hill, Howard High School and Longton High School. Following his education, Mr. Barnaby worked with his father farming the family farm. In 1938, he married Doris Eva McDonald. He continued his farming interest in Howard until his retirement in 1972. On June 4 1978, he and Georgia Bell Patton were united in marriage and they made their home in Barnsdall living in retirement.

Jim was a member of the Barnsdall Free Will Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Georgia, of the home, five sons, Roland L. and his wife, Lorna, Max and his wife, Linda, Wichita, Kan., Steve E. and his wife, Frankie, Eureka, Kan., Dale Barnaby, Dunlap, Tenn., and Les W. and his wife, Lisa, Caryville, Tenn., two daughters, Ms. Geneva Lynn Barnaby, Dunlap, Tenn. and Mrs. Dan (Edith Waneta) Arnold, Crossville, Tenn., a brother, Glen Barnaby, Longton, Kan., a sister, Mrs. Jimmy (Mildred) Bryan, Independence, Kan., 14 grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren and the mother of his children, Doris E. Barnaby, Pikeville, Tenn.


Independence Reporter - February 12, 2008

MRS. NEVA L. BARNABY - Submitted by L. Morgan

NEODESHA - Neva Lea (Cunningham) Barnaby, 82, of Neodesha, died Sunday at Golden Keys Nursing Home.

Services will be at 2 p.m., Wednesday at the Elk Falls United Methodist church in Elk Falls, under the direction of Penwell-Gabel Loran Fawcett Chapel. Interment will be in Elk Falls cemetery.

Friends are invited to gather with the family in the church hall from noon until service time to share memories and a meal.

Memorials are suggested to the Multiple Sclerosis Society and they may be left with the funeral home.

Mrs. Barnaby was born May 4, 1925 in Elk Falls to Frank L. and Lucy M. Small Osborn. She graduated from Elk Falls High School and later received a teaching certificate from Kansas State Teachers College in Emporia.

Mrs. Barnaby taught at Hickory Creek and Oak Valley country schools and at Elk City grade school.

She married Robert Cunningham on Sept. 14, 1945, in Elk Falls and he died in 1978. She later married George Barnaby and he died in 1987.

She moved to Neodesha in 1988.

Mrs. Barnaby was a member of the Elk Falls United Methodist church and attended both the Neodesha United Methodist church and the Bible Baptist church. She was a member of Nota Bena Reading Club in Elk Falls and the Friendly 14 in Longton. She had served as a 4-H Leader at Elk Falls where she taught cooking classes to 4-H members.

Survivors include a daughter, Connie Hudson, Neodesha; a step-son, Bill Barnaby, Longton; a stepdaughter, Velva Hoyt, Longton; a sister, Ruth Royse, of Herington; a brother, Neal Osborn, Elk Falls; three grandchildren and three step-grandchildren.


June 1995

MRS. MARIE R. BARNER

MOL1NE -— Marie Reeves Barner, 81, homemaker, of Moline, died June 7, 1995, at the Elk Manor Nursing home in Moline.

Services will he 11 a.m. Monday at the Moline United Methodist Church. The Rev. Larry Bowyer will officiate. Burial will be at 2 p.m. Monday in the Belle Plaine Cemetery.

Memorials have been established with the Moline Friendship Meals, the Moline United Methodist Church and the Belle Plaine United Methodist Church.

Contributions may be left with Zimmerman Funeral Home, Howard, which has charge of arrangements.

Barner was born Jan. 23, 1914, in Derby, the daughter of James Allen and Mary Elizabeth (Buckles) Reeves. She was raised in Udall and graduated from Udall High School in 1932.

She married Charles Merle Barner June 4, 1934, in Newkirk, Okla. They owned and operated a farm outside Belle Plaine until moving to a farm near Moline in 1973.

She was a member of the Belle Plaine United Methodist Church where she had served as president of the Women’s Society of Christian Service and as a lay delegate to the annual conference. She was a member of Rehekah Lodge 725 in Belle Plaine, and she was a Past Noble Grand. She also worked as a Cub Scout and 4-H leader.

Survivors include her husband, Merle Barner, Moline; three sons, Eldon Barner, Oklahoma City, Okla., Melvin Barner, Belle Plaine, and Terry Barner, Moline; two daughters, Saundra Stanley, Emporia and Merlene Barner, Hygiene, Colo.; 14 grandchildren md 13 great—grandchildren.


Sedan Times-Star - December 31, 2006

MR. ARTHUR M. BARNES

Arthur Maynard Barnes age 92, son of Arthur Clay and Ava Rogers Barnes died Saturday, Dec. 16, 2006 at Fort Dodge Soldiers Home in Dodge City, Kan.

Maynard was born and raised in Elk County and graduated from Howard High School in 1933. He attended Fort Scott College and was a Merchant Marine. He and his wife Darlene farmed for many years in Elk County. He retired from the Allen Canning Company in Alma, Arkansas. He was a member of the Alma Methodist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Darlene, four brothers, George, Glenn, Gene and Roger. Two sisters Alice Barnes Encell and Gertrude Barnes Taylor. Survivors include a sister Lucy Barnes McAlister of Hutchinson, Kan. and a sister-in-law Mary Barnes of Howard, Kans. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

A graveside service was held 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 19 at the Alma Cemetery in Alma.


Elk County Citizen-Advance News - July 4, 1991

MR. EDDIE L. BARNES - Submitted by Dan Durbin

Eddie Lee Barnes, 66, of Moline, died Thursday, June 27, 1991, at the VA Hospital in Wichita, Kansas. He was born April 22, 1925, in Waverly, Tennessee, to Eddie Lee and Zana (Hall) Barnes. He was a retired heavy equipment operator and a veteran of the U.S. Navy.

On September 30,1949, in Moline, Kansas, he and Metta Elizabeth Durbin were united in marriage. She survives at the home. Also surviving is one son, William S. Larkin of Winfield, Kansas; two daughters, Ruth Ann Boggs of Moline, Kansas, and Alice Colwell of Wichita, Kansas; one sister, Beth Zalewski of Southgate, Michigan; 10 grandchildren; and 6 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Monday, July 1, 1991, at 2:00 p.m., in the Moline United Methodist Church. Interment was in the Moline cemetery. Rev. Harriett Bechtel officiated. Watt Funeral Home, Moline, was in charge of arrangements.

A memorial has been established in his name with the Moline United Methodist Church.


Unknown Newspaper - February 15, 1973

MR. JAMES E. BARNES - Submitted by Dan Durbin

James Edward Barnes, 63, of Moline died Feb. 15 in his home. He was born Jan. 19, 1910, in Waverly, Tenn., to Eddie Lee and Zana Hall Barnes. On June 29, 1941, he was married to Elizabeth Sykes in Waverly, Tenn.

He had lived in Moline for 29 years and was electrician and general purchasing agent for Concrete Materials Division of Martin-Marietta, Moline.

He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth; two daughters, Mrs. Lavern (Kathryn) Hopper of Ark City, Mrs. Garry (Frances) Hopper of Wichita; two brothers, Eddie L. Barnes, Moline, John Herman Barnes, Clarksville, Tenn., two sisters, Mrs. Lois Green of Clarksville, Mrs. Bess Moore of Flat Rock, Mich., and three grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Saturday in the Watt Funeral Home, Moline. Interment was in the Moline Cemetery. A memorial has been established in his name with the American Cancer Society.


Howard Courant - April 21, 1966

INFANT LYLE B. BARNES JR. - Submitted by L. Morgan

Lyle Bruce Barnes Jr., son of Lyle and Ruth Coble Barnes was born November 17, 1963 at El Dorado, Kansas and passed away Thursday evening, April 14, 1966. During a brief life span of two years, four months and 28 days, Junior, as he was affectionately called by his family and friends, brought a large measure of joy and happiness to all with whom he came in contact. He was blessed with a winning smile, twinkling eyes and a happy disposition, and his untimely death a widely mourned by a large circle of relatives and friends.

He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lyle Barnes of rural Piedmont; one sister, Linda Ruth, age 1 1/2 years, of the home, his maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. George Coble of Fall River, Kansas; paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. John Roger Barnes, Howard, Kansas, a paternal great grandmother, Mrs. Ed Bacus of Parsons, Kansas; a maternal great grandfather, Alta Coble of Fall River, Kansas; two uncles, Ray Mac Coble, his wife, Evelyn and their children, Tammy and Pammy of Severy, Kansas; and Allen Coble of Fall River, Kansas; one aunt, Laura Ann Dark, her husband Bill and their children, Charles and James, of Northridge, California; other relatives and many friends.

Funeral services were held on Monday, April 18, at 2:30 p.m.at the Spurrier-Watt chapel in Howard with James Lorensen of the Howard Christian church officiating. Music for the service was furnished by the high school boys quartette, Charles Forsyth, Joe Hebb, Stephen Miller and Danny Parker, accompanied by Virginia Denton. They sang "Jesus Loves Me" and "Under His Wing". Casket bearers were Teddy Signer, Randy Morton, Alan Wunderlich and Randy Wiseman. Concluding services and burial were in Grace Lawn cemetery, Howard, Kansas.


Winfield CourierPrairie - November 18, 2010

MRS. MARY E. BARNES - Submitted by Kyle M. Condon

Mary E. (Webster) Barnes, age 96, a lifelong resident of Howard, Kansas passed away Monday, November 15, 2010 at the Greenwood County Hospital in Eureka, Kansas. She was born on October 27, 1914 the daughter of Walter C. and Maude (Biddinger) Webster.

Mary was a graduate of Howard High School. On March 2, 1933, Mary was united in marriage to Ray J. Stark and to this union was born one daughter Donna Marlene Stark. Ray preceded Mary in death on June 4, 1956. On December 30, 1967 she was united in marriage to John R. Barnes and he preceded her in death on February 26, 1984. Ray and Mary owned and operated Stark Grocery in Howard from 1952-1967. Mary was a lifelong member of the First Baptist Church in Howard. Mary served as both Deputy Treasure and Elk County Treasurer until her retirement. She also helped found the Howard Senior Center and was Elk County Chairman for the American Heart Association for 15 years.

Mary is survived by her brother, Harold Webster of Wichita, Kansas, two grandsons: Jerry Bair and wife Julie of Duncanville, Texas and Ray Bair and wife Kate of San Francisco, California and four great grandchildren: Brian Bair of Ft. Hood, Texas, Bryan Kirk of Duncanville, Texas, Jennifer Bair of Magnolia, Texas and Stefanie Bair of Tucson, Arizona. She was also preceded in death by her parents, her daughter Donna (Stark) Bair on December 18, 2009 and one brother Dallas Webster.

Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, November 20, 2010 at Countryside-Zimmerman Funeral Home in Howard, Kansas with Pastor Gene DeWitt officiating. Viewing will be held from 10:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home. Interment will follow at Grace Lawn Cemetery. Family suggests contributions be made to the First Baptist 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 Countryside - Zimmerman Funeral Home in Howard, Kansas.


Sedan Times-Star - May 04, 2005

MRS. METTA E. BARNES - Submitted by Dan Durbin

MOLINE, Kan. - Metta Elizabeth Barnes passed away on Wednesday, April 27, 2005, at the Riverview Manor in Oxford, Kan. She was 85 years of age and a former resident of Moline, Kan. Metta was born on Jan. 26, 1920 to Charles Edward and Ruth Mae (Sheel) Durbin, on the Rumpus Ridge farm northwest of Moline, Kan. She was the oldest of five children. Metta attended Star Country School and graduated from Moline High School in the class of 1938.

On Sept. 12, 1938, Metta was united in marriage to Joseph Francis Larkin at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Moline and to this union were born three children, William, Ruth Ann and Alice. On Sept. 30, 1949, she was united in marriage to Eddie Lee Barnes at the Moline United Methodist Church. Eddie preceded her in death on June 27, 1991.

Metta enjoyed being a homemaker and through the years worked in the banking industry and restaurant business. Metta was also a talented seamstress and quilter and her family will always treasure the handmade quilts she has gifted to them during the years. She very much enjoyed traveling and did so when the opportunity arose.

She was proud of being a lifetime member of the American Legion Auxiliary and served as president and third district officer for them. She was baptized in the Moline Methodist Church and until the time of her illness was an active member and volunteered for many church functions including bazaars, pride dinners and quilting groups.

In 1992, she suffered a massive stroke forcing her to sell her home in Moline and move into an assisted living community in Winfield, Kan., allowing her to be closer to family. In 1997, she suffered additional strokes from which she was unable to recover and spent the remainder of her years at Riverview Manor in Oxford, Kan.

She is survived by her son, William Larkin and his wife Marlene, Winfield; her daughters, Ruth Ann Boggs and her husband Gene, Benton, Ark. and Alice Colwell and her husband Sheryl, Wichita; her brother, Emera Mahion “Stub” Durbin, Moline; her sister, Alice Frazier, Tempe, Ariz.; 10 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Eddie, her parents, a brother, Frank Edward Durbin and a sister, Aline Laura Durbin.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 1, 2005, at the Moline United Methodist Church, with Rev. Gary Parsons officiating. Interment was held at the Moline Cemetery.

Memorials have been established with the Moline United Methodist Church and Riverview Manor at Oxford. Contributions may be left with the funeral home. The funeral arrangements are with the Zimmerman Funeral Home of Howard.


Eureka Herald - April 16, 1998

MRS. CATHERINE BARRIER - Submitted by Glenn Barrier

Catherine Barrier, 84, of El Dorado, formerly of Eureka, died Saturday, April 11, 1998, at the Beverly Health Care Center.

She was born June 19, 1913, on the family farm near Severy, the daughter of Robert P. and Mable (Eddy) Simmons. She attended the Upper Paw Paw Grade School and was a graduate of Severy Rural High School in the class of 1931.

On October 16, 1931, she was united in marriage to Clinton Oscar Barrier in Eureka. They made their home in Eureka, where she was a homemaker and worked as a sales clerk for Zenishek's Department Store for 16 years and DeVoe's Fashion for seven years.

Barrier was a member of the Christian and Congregational Church of Eureka and held membership in the Golden Age Club, Queen Bess Chapter NO. 56, Order of Eastern Star, a life member of V. F. W. Post 2712 Ladies Auxiliary and the Eureka Rebekah Lodge for over 50 years. She was a longtime volunteer for the Red Cross and the Greenwood County Hospital Auxiliary.

Her husband preceded her in death on January 7, 1987. She moved to El Dorado in 1996 to be near her family.

Survivors include two sons Carl Barrier and Glenn Barrier, both of El Dorado; two daughters Evelyn Joan Walford of Springfield, MO., and Sharon Kay Woods of El Dorado; nine grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, two sons, Harold Dean Barrier and Elwin Earl Barrier, three brothers and two sisters.

Funeral services were held April 14 at the Campbell-Kelley Funeral Home in Eureka with Rev. Stan Seymour, Pastor of the First Christian Church of El Dorado officiating. Interment followed in the Barrier Cemetery northwest of Eureka.

A memorial has been established in her name with V. F. W. Post 2712 Ladies Auxiliary. Contributions may be sent in care of the funeral home.


Howard Courant-Citizen - August 3, 1944

MR. ALBERT W. BARTLETT - Submitted by L. Morgan

Albert W. Bartlett died suddenly Sunday morning at the home of his son, George Bartlett in Howard, age nearly 82 years. He is survived by his widow and two children, George Bartlett of Howard, and Mrs. W. L. Stallings of Forest City, North Carolina.

Mr. and Mrs. Bartlett had made their home in Howard for several years with their son and wife and during their stay here have made many friends with our people. Mr. Bartlett's death was very unexpected and he passed quietly away in the presence of his family. He had been ailing for several days but it was believed he was much improved.

Funeral services will be held from the Moon Chapel this afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, conducted by Rev. V. L. Trail of the Howard Baptist church. Burial will be in Grace Lawn cemetery, Howard.

The Howard business houses will be closed during the funeral services.


The Courant - November 22, 1876

MR. JOHN BATAYREE - Submitted by L. Morgan

SUICIDE
An Old Man Shoots Himself thru the Head
And Leaves His Young Wife to Another
Four Little Children are Left to Mourn His Loss
Elk Falls Township the Home of the Unfortunate Old Gentleman.

A citizen of Wild Cat township furnishes us news of one of the most thrilling occurrences we have ever been called upon to chronicle, which happened in the western part of Elk Falls township the first of last week. The circumstances, as we received them are about as follows: John Batayree, a farmer about 55 years of age, on the eventful morning, gave one of his little boys a letter and told him to take it up to Thos Wood’s as he (the father) was going to shoot himself. The little fellow started to obey the orders of his father, and was not far on his road before he heard the report of a gun which was followed by the second report that sent the aged man to his long home. The boy went on to Mr. Wood’s and reported what his father had said, and Mr. Wood went immediately to the home of Mr. Batayree, where he found the doors closed. Pushing the door open Mr. Wood saw another of the little boys, and asked him about their father. The little fellow said he thought he was dead, as he had shot himself. Mr. Wood then ascended the stairs and found the old gentleman lying on the floor dead. The ball entered his forehead just between the eyes and came out on top of his head, causing, it is supposed, instant death.

Mr. Batayree’s wife left him about a week prior to the time of his death and it is rumored that a young man of that neighborhood was partly to blame for the trouble in the family and was very intimate with the wife. The wife was in the neighborhood and knew all the circumstances of her husband’s death, but never went near the place, ever to accompany his remains to their last resting place. He leaves a family of four children to share each other’s misfortune, which surely comes to every orphan. “Of things that are dark,” the rest will all be explained if properly looked into, as inconsistency is certainly the cause of it all.


Howard Courant-Citizen - January 5, 1956

MRS. ELSIE M. BATEMON

Elsie Mae Snook, daughter of Archie Hubert and Janie Snook, was born October 7, 1894. In Seymour, Iowa, and passed to her glorious reward on December 24, 1956, at Howard, Kansas. She came to Kansas with her parents at the age of four.

On October 19, 1912, at Skidmore, Kansas, she was united in marriage to Albert Otto Bateman and to this union were born five children, four of whom survive: Floyd and Roy of Wichita, Kansas; Harold of Iola, and Dale of Fort Hood, Texas.

She is also survived by three brothers and three sisters: Grace Snook, Effie Dorsey and Lelia Snook; George and Ray, both of El Dorado, and Ralph of Howard. Also surviving are 16 grandchildren and a host of friends and relatives who mourn her passing.

Mrs. Batemon was a member of the Nazarene church at Howard. She united with the church in 1950. She was a good worker inthe church and a beloved saint loved by everyone.

Funeral services were held at the Moon Chapel in Howard at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, December 26th, conducted by her pastor, the Rev. Wendall Richie. Music was furnished by Mrs. Raymond McIntyre and Mrs. Wendall Richie with Shirley McIntyre accompanist. The casket bearers were James Dean, Clarence Lister, Paul Herlock, Chas, Combs, Will Elliott, and Oscar Lanning. Concluding services and burial were in Grace Lawn cemetery, Howard, Kansas.


Prairie Star - December 30, 2009

MR. BOB M. BATESON - Submitted by L. Morgan

SEVERY CEM Robert M. Bateson passed away on Thursday, Dec. 24, tbe Twilight Manor in Howard.

Bob as he liked to be called, was born on Oct. 8, 1921 to Lloyd "Pappy" and Nellie (Sexton) Bateson in rural Elk County, on the Bateson farm.

Bob grew up on the farm with his older brother Clair and younger sister Lucille. Bob graduated from the Severy High Sckml class of 1939. Bob continued to farm and reside on the farm most of his life.

On Feb. 5, 1961, he married Joan Burnham at the Severy United Methodist Church. To this union, they had three children: Maureen, Robert and Morris. In January 2005, Bob moved to the Howard Twilight Manor.

Bob is survived by his daughter Maureen Smith of Kansas City, Kan.; son Morris Bateson and wife Karla of Teguciagalpa, Honduras; four grandchildren Amanda and Alicia Smith of Kansas City and Marlia and Carlos Bateson of Tegucigalpa, Honduras and several nieces and nephews.

Bob is preceded in death by his wife Joan and son Robert.

Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2009 at South Lawn Cemetery, in Severy with Pastor Robin officiating.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Severy United Church or the charity of your choice and may be sent to 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.


January 1960

MRS. NELLIE S. BATESON

Nellie Sexton Bateson was born January 4, 1890, near Busby, Kansas, to William Jackson Sexton and Barbara Virginia Sexton. She was one of five chi ildren. One sister preceded her in death.

When she was ten years old she moved with her family four miles west of Fall River where she resided until the time of her marriage. She joined the Congregational church at an early age.

February 22, 1914. she was married to Lloyd Bateson and moved to the Bateson homestead in the Pleasant Plain community, where she lived the remainder of her life. To this in union were born three children.

Nellie was a loyal member of Severy Chapter No. 258 Order of the Eastern Star and of the Severy Rebekah Lodge No. 369. She was also active in the Pleasant Plain HDU for many years. She was interested in all phases of community life and was a director of the high school board for many years. She departed this life January 24, 1960 at Wesley hospital in Wichita.


Prairie Star - December 24, 2008

MR. JOHN E. BATSON

John E. Batson 86, of Howard, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2008 at the Twilight Manor in Howard.

John was born July 2, 1922 in Howard, the son of John and Isabelle (Tonkin) Batson. After high school, John went to the Kansas City School of Pharmacy. He owned and operated Batson Pharmacy in Howard, and practiced as a Pharmacist for over 50 years.

On Oct. 1, 1944 in Corpus Christi, Texas, John married Marjorie Mary Finley. They were married for 58 years until her death in November 2002.

John was in the United States Navy from 1951 to where he received his honorable discharge. He was amember of the Howard United Methodist Church, where he was very active until he could no longer do so.

John held the position of Mayor for Howard for many years; he also served as a councilman. He was a member of the Lions Club and the American Legion. In his spare time, John enjoyed fishing, hunting and collecting coins.

John is survived by one sister, Vivian Barnhart, Howard; two nephews, John Barnhart and wife Jan, Rose Hill, and Rick Barnhart, Eureka, two great-nephews and one great-great-neice.

John was preceded in death by his parents and wife Marjorie.

Cremation has been requested, and a graveside memorial service was held Monday, Dec. 22, 2008 at Grace Lawn Cemetery in Howard, with Pastor Charles Cryderman , officiating. The fmily suggests memorial contributions to the United Methodist Church or Hospice Care of Kansas and may be left with the funeral home. Arrangements are under the direction of Zimmerman Funeral Home of Howard.


The Winfield Courier - November 28, 2002

MRS. MARJORIE M. BATSON - Submitted by L. Morgan

HOWARD - Marjorie Mary Batson, 91, of Howard, died Nov. 27, 2002, at Mercy Hospital in Independence.

Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Howard United Methodist Church with the Rev. Julie Shields officiating. Private burial will be in Grace Lawn Cemetery.

A memorial has been established with the church. Contributions may be left at Zimmerman Funeral Home.

She is survived by her husband, John Batson, and several nieces and nephews.


Unknown Paper - March 1927

MR. WILLIAM O. BEACH - Submitted by Dan Durbin

William O. Beach was born in Pennsylvania, March 10, 1849, and died in Glencoe, Oklahoma, March 29, 1927, aged 78 years and 19 days. He moved to Racine, Wisconsin in 1851 with his parents, and there grew up to manhood. He served the last year of the civil war in the Union army and participated in Sherman's march to the sea.

In March, 1871, he went to Howard county, Kansas. Howard county was then what is now Elk and Chautauqua counties. Mr. Beach took a claim of 160 acres. It is now owned by Jim Gruben. Later he went to Texas and drove cattle from Texas to Kansas.

On May 11, 1881, he married Miss Cora Wright, of Palo Pinto, Texas. Three girls were born this union, one dying in infancy. His wife departed this life on November 24, 1886.

There are left to mourn his departure, two daughters, Mrs Olive Lewis of Moline, Kansas, and Mrs Maree

, of Marysville, Washington, fourteen grandchildren, three brothers, Dr. C. H. Beach, of Glencoe, Oklahoma, Charley Beach, of Olathe, Colo., and Rev. J. T. Beach, of Fayetteville, Ark, and two sisters, Mrs. Emily J. Richardson, of Moline, Kansas, and Mrs. Lucy Kinnison, of Ft. Collins, Colo., besides a host of friends in Racine, Wis., Glencoe, Oklahoma, and Moline, Kansas.

Mr. Beach joined the Methodist church in early life and lived faithful to his Master. He always had a pleasant word and a friendly greeting for every one.

Funeral services were held in the Methodist church at Glencoe, Oklahoma, conducted by Rev. J. Holmes. The body was taken to Moline, Kansas, and on March 31, was laid to rest in Ames Chapel cemetery. The burial rites were read by Rev. O. W. Dewey, of the Methodist church of Moline.


Howard Courant - February 21, 1924

MASTER FREDERICK S. BEATY - Submitted by L. Morgan

Frederick Sinclair, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. John S. Beaty, was born September 25, 1917, and died February 18, 1924, aged 6 years, 4 months, and 23 days.

He was a stout little fellow until he was 2 ½ years old, when he was stricken with influenza. This was followed by pneumonia. Although he recovered from his sickness, he did not regain his former strength and vigor. “Little Freddie” as he was familiarly known, was a favorite with all, everybody in town knew him and everybody loved him. He was a regular attendant of the Sunday school of the Methodist Episcopal church and during his last illness he heard the church bell and wanted to go to Sunday School.

The bud of promise is called by the Savior of little children, who loved them and blessed them while here upon earth, to the land of fadeless day.

He is mourned by his father and mother, his sisters and brothers, Mrs. Ethel Yantis, Verna, Henry and Alice, and a host of relatives and friends.

The funeral service was held at the Methodist Episcopal church in Howard, Kansas, Wednesday, February 20, at 2:30, conducted by the pastor, John E. Creamer, and all that was mortal of one loved and lost while was laid to rest in Grace Lawn cemetery.


Howard Courant - October 20, 1927

MRS. MARGARET BEATY - Submitted by L. Morgan

Margaret, daughter of Jno A. and May Patterson, was born near Mound City, Linn county, Kansas, May 22, 1885. She was one of a family of five children having four brothers, Oscar I., of Seattle, Washington, William of Centralia, Washington, Clarence of Tucson, Arizona and Maurice who passed away October 15th, 1923. Her mother died when she was less than 15 years of age. With her father and brothers she came to Elk county locating on a farm 1 ½ miles south of Piedmont. Here on Christmas eve. 1902, she was united in marriage to Jno S. Beaty of Howard, Kansas. To this union was born five children. Mrs. Ethel Yantis, Verna, Henry, Alice and Freddie, all of Howard, all living except Freddie who passed to the better world, February 18, 1924, at the age of six years.

With her husband and eldest daughter Ethel, she united with the Congregational church at Western Park of which church she remained a member until the family moved to Howard seven years ago, when they moved their membership to the M.E. church at this place, where she remained a faithful member until called to join the Church triumphant.

She departed this life October 15, 1927 at the age of 42 years, 4 months and 23 days.

She leaves to mourn her departure her husband, four children, father, stepmother, three brothers, one half brother and numerous other relatives and a host of friends.

Funeral services for the deceased were held at the Methodist church, Howard, Sunday afternoon, conducted by her pastor Hoopingarner. Burial was at Grace Lawn cemetery.


TPrairie Star - June 16, 2010

MRS. TREVA A. BEATY - Submitted by L. Morgan

Treva Aline Beaty, beloved mother, passed away Sunday, June 6, 2010 at Regency House in San Angelo, Texas.

Treva was born on Feb. 22, 1925 .at the in rural Howard, the daughter of Arthur W. and Margarette (Corbin) Cummins.

Treva attended 1st-7th grade at Mary Belle School, then attended 8th-12th grade and graduated from Howard High School in 1943. After graduation, Treva moved to Wichita with her sister, Wanda, where they both drove a city bus. Treva moved to Winfield where she earned her nursing degree and worked in private duty care.

On Sept.l, 1946, Treva married Herald Edmond Beaty at the First Christian Church in Howard. Treva and Herald had two children, Diana Kay and William Timothy.

Treva worked for a couple doctors offices before she and her family moved to Texas. In 1975 Treva started working for Midland Memorial Hospital in the Labor and Delivery until her retirement. She volunteered at the Community Children's Clinic for several years and was a member of their Governing Board. She was also an active member of the Christian Church of Midland. Treva is survived by her daughter, Diana and husband Cary Moss of San Angelo, Texas; her son, Tim and wife Nancy Beaty of Chesapeake, Va.; nine grandchildren and 14 greatgrandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, sister Wanda Dilli and her husband Butch Dilli, and sister in-law Carmalita Beaty.

Funeral services were held Friday, June 11, 2010 at Zimmerman Funeral Home in Howard, with burial following at Grace Lawn Cemetery.

The family suggests memorials to: Community Children's Ministry P.O. Box 3328 Midland, TX 79702, and may be left with the funeral home. Online condolences may be sent to: www. countryside m. com.

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


November 1975

MRS. ANNA L. BAUDER

Anna Liebau Bauder was born six miles north of Grenola. Kansas on a farm Feb. 17, 1879 and died Nov. 26, 1975 at the age of 96 years, 10 months, 26 days, at the Howard Twilight Manor where she had been a resident since July 4, 1968.

Anna was the second oldest daughter of John and Minnie Liebau. She grew to womanhood in pioneer conditions-attending the Caney Valley school for her education.

At the age of 21 years she was united in marriage to John William Bauder. They began their married life on a farm 4 miles south of Howard. Kansas. To this union were born: three sons and three daughters. In the year June 15, 1953 her husband died and in the year 1962 a daughter, Martha Roman of Paola. Kansas.

She leaves to mourn death_three Sons: Wilmer, Wilfred and Weide of Howard; two daughters May Nordmeyer of Toronto, Kan., and Marie Smith of Harrison, Arkansas.

She also leaves four Sisters: Hattie Matlock, Eureka, Kansas, Elsie Nordmeyer, Toronto, Mary Stock and Edith Holderman of Yates Center, Kansas, eleven grandchildren twenty-one great-grand children, nephews, nieces, cousins and many friends.

Anna loved her home - working and doing good to all she could, staying close to her creator. She will be missed by all who knew her.

Funeral services were held at 3:30 p.m., Saturday Nov. 29, 1975 in the chapel of the Spurrier Funeral Home. Dean Christenson officiated. Music was presented by Mrs. Curtis Morgan accompanied by Mrs. Robin Smith. Casket bearers were Bruce Fickle, Dale Hamilton, James Stephens, George Fulton, Vernon Lindley and Gene Coble.

Concluding services and burial were in the Grace Lawn Cemetery, Howard, Kansas.


Unknown NewspaperSeptember 16, 2003

MR. CLAUDE O. BAUDER

HOWARD — Claude Otis Bauder, 94, formerly of Howard, died Tuesday at Medicalodge in Eureka.

Services will be Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at the Zimmerman Funeral Home, Howard, with the Rev. Tony Pameticky officiating. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in White Chapel Memorial Gardens in Wichita.

Memorials are suggested to the Howard Senior Center and they may be left with the funeral home.

Mr. Bauder was born July 4, 1909, at Grenola, to Fred and Pearle (Moore) Bauder. He .attended schools in the Grenola area.

He worked at a dairy near Grenola and for the Grenola Flour Mill for several years. During the 1940s, he moved to Wichita where he worked for the Coleman Company and for J.C. Penney Company.

In 1951, he married Thelma Burch in Wichita and worked for the Wichita public schools until his retirement.

After Mrs. Bauder's death in 1977, he married Marguerite Canfield in Riverton and she died in 1980.

He moved to Howard in 1983 and had lived in Eureka'during recent years.

Mr. Bauder was a member of the United Methodist Church. Survivors include a niece and and nephews.


September 1996

MRS. HAZEL BAUDER

Hazel Bauder passed away Saturday, September 7, 1996, at St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Wichita, KS. She was 84 years of age. and a resident of Howard.

Hazel was born March 12, 1912 on a farm northwest of Howard, KS. to Robert Alexander and Mattie F. (Divine) Smith. She attended Bunker Hill rural school and graduated from Howard High School in 1931. Hazel completed Normal training and taught in rural Elk County, schools until 1940. During this time, she attended Pittsburg State Teacher’s College for several years.

On March 23, 1940, she married Wilmer Franklin Bauder at Howard, KS. and to this union were born one son and three daughters. Hazel devoted her life to caring for her family. During the early 1960’s she was employed as a nurse’s aide at the Elk Manor Nursing Home in Moline, while her mother was a resident there.

She enjoyed reading, cooking, and working in her garden. Hazel especially enjoyed caring for her family and took care of her granddaughters, Donna and Jacquelyn, while they were growing up.

Hazel was a former member of the Elk County EHU, and attended Salem Baptist Church northwest of Howard. She was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church of Howard.

She is survived by a son. John of Howard; three daughters, Louise Goodnight of Wichita. Helen Reid of Springfield, MO., and Sue Bauder of Howard; and four grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, September 12, 1996, at the Zimmerman Funeral Home in Howard with Rev. Robin Haines of the Flint Hills Assembly of God officiating. Interment will be held in Grace Lawn Cemetery at Howard. A memorial has been established with the Elk County Ambulance.

Contributions may be left with the funeral home. The funeral arrangements are being made with the Ziminennan Funeral Home of Howard.


Moline - June 4, 1909

MR. JOHN BAUDER - Submitted by Dan Durbin

Died
John Bauder, one of the old citizens of this county died Monday night at the home of his nephew five miles north east of town.

Mr. Bauder was born seventy-six years ago in Shelby County, Ohio, and lived there until 1870 when he moved to Douglas County, Kansas. About three years later he moved to Elk County where he lived ever since with the exception of about five years spent in Indian Territory.

One brother and three sisters of the deceased died in earlier years in Ohio. Two brothers, Eli and Levi, twins now aged 79, lived with him in the same household in recent years.

The funeral was held at the home and interment was made in the Moline cemetery.


January 1995

MRS. MAXINE E. BAUDER

Maxine Edna Bauder passed away Saturday, January 28, 1995 at the Howard Twilight Manor nursing home. She was 76 years of age. Maxine was born on November 6, 1918 at Lyndon, to Carl August and Freda (Heinzelman) Neth. At an early age, her family moved near Eureka where Maxine attended Highland rural school.

On January 14, 1938, she married Miles E. Hill at El Dorado and to this union was born a son Miles E. Hill, Jr.,

Maxine lived must of her life in Wichita, where she was employed by the Board of Education. She worked for many years in the cafeteria at Jardine Junior High and remained in Wichita after her retirement. After the death of her husband, on April 17, 1986, Maxine moved to Elk Falls.

On July 29, 1988, she married Walter W. Bauder at Newkirk, OK. They made their home on a farm south of Howard until ill health caused her to enter Howard Twilight Manor in August of 1994.

Maxine was a faithful student of the Holy Bible, and memorized many passages of scripture. She was a devoted member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses at Elk Falls.

She is survived by her husband Walter of Howard, a son Miles E. Hill. Jr. of Wichita, her brothers, William Neth of Joplin, MO., Ernest Neth and Elmer Neth, both of Wichita, and John Neth of Cassville, MO., her sister, Nellie Gresham of Wichita, Alvina Hill of Sumner, WA., and Esther Lockwood of Winlock, WA., her halfbrothers, Frank Neth and Paul Neth, both of Hebbronville, TX., her halfsister, Ruth Neth of California, two grandchildren and three great grandchildren She was preceded in death by her husband, Miles E. Hill. Sr., and a brother, Homer Neth.

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, January 31, 1995 at the Zimmerman Funeral Home with Mackie Redd and Richard Weaver officiating. Recorded selections were played of "Keep Your Eyes On The Prize" “This Is The Way," and "Flee To God’s Kingdom.” The casket bearers were Chris Carlson, Glen Johnson, James Morgan, Walter Scobee, Richard Weaver, SR., and Richard Weaver, Jr. Interment was held in Crescp Cemetery, north of Howard. A memorial has been established with the Howard Twilight Manor nursing g home. Contributions may be left with the funeral home. The funeral arrangements were made with the Zimmerman Funeral Home of Howard.


Prairie Star - September 9, 2009

MR. WILFRED L. BAUDER

Wilfred L. Bauder, age 97, a resident of Howard, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2009 at the William Newton Hospital in Winfield.

Wilfred was born on April 25, 1912 the son J.W and Anna (Liebau) Bauder.

Funeral services were held Friday, Sept. 4, 2009 at Zimmerman Funeral Home. Interment was at Grace Lawn Cemetery.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the Howard Twilight Manor and may be left with the funeral home. Online condolences may be left at www.countrysidefh.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Zimmerman Funeral Home of Howard.


- September 1956

MR. CLAUDE J. BAUGHMAN

Claude John Baughman, son of John and Ellen Baughman was born near Howard, Kansas, February 3, 1883, and departed this life Friday, September 21, 1956, at a Wichita hospital, at the age of 73 years, 7 months and 18 days.

Graveside services were held Sunday, September 23rd, at 2:00 p. m. at Grace Lawn cemetery, Howard, conducted by the Rev. Alvin Cassens of the Howard Baptist church.

Those who mourn his pasing are his tree sisters, Mrs. Katherine Jones of LaJunta, Colorado; Mrs. Nellie Redd, Mesa, Arizona, and Mrs. C. L. Angell of Howard, Kansas; one brother, Charles Baughman of Venico, California; and a number of nieces, nephews and friends.


- January 1995

MR. JAMES H. BAUGHMAN

James Howard Baughman passed away Sunday, January 1, 1995 at the Howard Twilight Manor nursing home. He was 93 years of age. Howard, as he was known, was born on January 7, 1901 in Elk County to James and Leota (Miller) Baughman. He attended Elk County rural schools and worked on the family farm for many years.

On September 30, 1923 he married Vida Grace (Jay) Baughman at Howard. They lived in the town of Howard, then farmed in Elk County until moving to Wichita in January of 1957.

Howard was employed at Boeing Aircraft Company in Wichita, until retiring in February of 1968. He and Vida returned to Howard in 1968, and Howard worked part-time for farmers in the Elk county area. Ill health caused him to enter Howard Twilight Manor in September of 1994.

Howard was a long time member of the Howard United Methodist Church. He always greeted people with a smile. Howard enjoyed visiting with friends and talking about Buick cars, Vida’s cooking and his lawn mower.

He is survived by his wife, Vida Baughman of Howard, a daughter Melba Smith of Longton, six grandchildren, five great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers Harold and George Baughman, and two sisters Vera Thompson and Nellie Wagner.

Funeral services were held 2 p.m. Tuesday, January 3, 1995 at the Zimmerman Funeral Home in Howard with Rev. Don Harper officiating. Mrs. Betty Russell was the organist with the United Methodist Men’s Chorus singing “Suppertime,” and Lloyd G. Zimmerman singing “No Night There.” A recording was played of Michelle Hogan singing “Grandpa.” The casket bearers were Gary Floyd, Jeremy Floyd, James Keith, Randy Moore, Chuck Seamans, and Milo Smith. Interment was held in Grace Lawn Cemetery at Howard. Memorials have been established with the Howard United Methodist Church and Howard Twilight Manor. Contributions may be left with the funeral home. The funeral arrangement were made with the Zimmerman Funeral Home of Howard.


The Wichita Eagle - November 17, 2002

MR. ROBERT G. BAUGHMAN - Submitted by Jerry Jackson

Howard, Kansas
Baughman, Robert G. “Bob”, disabled, died Saturday, November 16, 2002. Service 11 a. m. Tuesday, Grace Lawn Cemetery.

Survivors: brother, Eldon of Rogers, Arkansas; sisters, Virginia Rozelle of Hudson, Florida, Nadine Taylor of Augusta, Kansas. Memorial established with Renal Care Group of Wichita, 1007 N. Emporia, Wichita, Kansas, 67214, Zimmerman Funeral Home.


Sedan Times-Star - February 28, 2007

MR. JAMES C. BAUGHN

James Cecil Baughn, 75, of Florence,Ariz., died Feb. 13, 2007 in Casa Grande, Ariz., Hospice Care Center. He succumbs to brain Cancer after a short illness. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice. A memorial Service was held at 1 p.m. at Simes Mortuary, Florence Chapel, Friday, Feb. 16. Wayne Douglas officiated.

James (Cecil) was born on March 26, 1931 in Altoona, Kan. to Roy and Mildred (White) Baughn. He grew up in Elk Falls. In June 1950 he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served in the Korean War. His tour of duty took him to Guam for 18 months, then he was transferred to the U.S.S. Point Cruz CVE 119, where he completed his tour of duty March 1954.

Upon returning home to Kansas he met the love of his life, Mary. They wed in 1956. His journey took him to Ft. Collins, Colo., where he retired after 28 years at Colorado State University.

He has lived in Florence, Ariz. the past 16 years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping; all things outdoors. His love of the desert took him on many trails, dirt motorcycling and jeeping.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Mary (Binns) Baughn, son, James A. Baughn and wife Susan of Wichita; daughters, Jeri (Baughn) and husband Ron Warwick, Peyton, Colo., and Sandra (Baughn) and husband Joe Archambault of Denver, Colo.; sisters, Mary Ellen Lemon of Mineral Wells, Texas, Wilma Faye Coots of Kansas City, MO, five grandchildren Cole and Kilea Simmons Jeremy Travis, and Clayton Baughn; one great granddaughter, Haylea Richards.


Howard Courant - April 9, 1897

MRS. SARAH I. BAUGHMAN - Submitted by L. Morgan

Mrs. Sarah Isabelle Baughman, widow of the late Mike Baughman, died at her home near Howard, Saturday, April 3d. Her death had been expected for several days, as she had not improved from the breaking of the fever, as had been hoped.

Mrs. Baughman's maiden name was Brown; she was born in Jefferson county, Iowa on January 25, 1833; was married to Michael Baughman Sept.26,1865. One son and two daughters survive her.

When her late husband was taken sick at Topeka, last month, she hurried to his side, nursed him tenderly till death claimed him, and in the exposure of the travel as well as her arduous work contracted a severe cold which developed into pneumonia. She was greatly weakened by the fever and she could not rally from it. Her two sisters were with her during her illness.

The funeral services were conducted by pastor Steele at the residence, Sunday at 2 p.m. and she was laid in her last resting place in Grace Lawn cemetery.

Mrs. Baughman was beloved by all who knew her; was a quiet, retiring Christian woman, a true wife and tender, loving mother.

The mourning son and daughters have the sympathy of all.


September 1994

MR. WALTER L. BAUGHN

Walter Leroy Baughn, 67, of Moline, Kansas, died Wednesday, September 28, 1994, at Wesley Medical Center, Wichita, Kansas, He was born on September 9, 1927, in Neodesha, Kansas, to Roy Cleveland and Mildred Helen (White) Baughn. He was a retired railroad laborer and a veteran of the Korean Conflict. He was also a member of the Moline American Legion Post and the VFW.

On August 10, 1968, in Moline, Kansas, he and Wyona Ruth Smith were married. She survives at Caney, Kansas. Also surviving are two sons, Donald Baughn of Chillicothe, Missouri, and Darrell Baughn of Trenton, Missouri; one brother, James Cecil Baughn of Fort Collins, Colorado; two sisters, Mary Ellen Lemon of Mineral Wells, Texas, and Wilma Faye Coots of Caney, Kansas; and one grandchild.

Funeral services were held Friday, September 3O, 1994, at 10:30 a.m., in the Graves-Baird Chapel, Sedan, Kansas. Rev. Bill Stutts of the Caney Church of the Nazarene officiated. Cremation will take place at a later date.

Watt Funeral Home, Moline, Kansas, was in charge of arrangements. Memorials in his name have been established with the Moline American Legion Post and the American Lung Association.


Prairie Star - November 4, 2009

MRS. BERTHA L. BAUMGARTEL

Bertha Loraine Baumgartel, age 81, a resident of Howard, passed away Monday, Oct. 26, 2009 at the Howard Twilight Manor.

Bertha was born on Dec. 11,1927 in Blogett, Kan., the daughter of Frankie Van Buren and Lillie May (Wormington) Knight.

On Aug. 29, 1949 Bertha was united in marriage to Dale Baumgartel in Fredonia. Bertha worked as a school cook for Howard High and Norwich Schools. She was an avid doll collector. Her collection consists of approximately 3500 dolls which will be displayed by Benson Museum of Howard under the name Bertha's Dolls. She also loved painting, crocheting, sewing, and all kinds of crafts. She enjoyed cooking for her family and friends and they enjoyed every meal she made. Bertha's love was felt by everyone who passed through her door.

Bertha is survived by three sons; Roger Baumgartel of Severy, John Baumgartel and his wife Donna of Locust Grove, Okla., and Marlin Baumgartel and his wife Nadine of Howard, one daughter Elaine McElwain and her husband Jim of Burden, one sister Bonita Ramsey of Howard, thirteen grandchildren, twenty-four great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Dale on May 30, 2000, four brothers; Ernie Knight, Cleve Knight, Floyd Knight and Winford Knight, one sister Bernice Fisus and one granddaughter, Robin Jo Baumgartel.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Oct. 31, 2009 at Zimmerman Funeral Home. Interment was at Grace Lawn Cemetery.

Contributions are suggested to Bertha's Dolls - Benson Museum and may be left in care of the funeral home. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.countrysidefh.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Zimmerman Funeral Home, Howard.


Howard Courant - July 19, 1928

MR. CECIL BAUMGARTEL - Submitted by L. Morgan

KILLED IN CAR ACCIDENT
A young man named Cecil Baumgartel of Cave Springs, age 24, was killed last Sunday, when a Ford coupe overturned on the road near Fall River. Two other young men were with him--Ike Bowser, who was badly cut and bruised, and Virgil Glenn who is still unable to be out. The car was going at a high speed and turned out to pass a car coming toward them, when their car rolled over, young Baumgartel was instantly killed.


Unknown Newspaper - June 13, 1940

MR. HOMER H. BEAL - Submitted by Dan Durbin

Homer H. Beal, son of Joseph M. and Sarah Ann Adams Beal, was born October 1, 1875, at Rennsseler, Indiana. He moved with his family to Pontiac, Kansas, in 1879. In 1893 he moved to Macon, Missouri. He resided there until 1912, with the exception of the years 1904-1905 when he attended Park College at Parkville, Missouri. He was married at Macon, April 3, 1909 to Pearl Hoffman. She died August 18, 1909.

He married Mrs. Stella Alexander February 22, 1914.

His death came at Newton Memorial Hospital, Winfield, Kansas, on June 13, 1940.

He was a member of the I. O. O. F. Encampment, the Rebekahs, the Woodman of the World. He became a member of this church (Moline Methodist) in 1921 and gave many years of loyal service. At the time of his death he was financial secretary, recording steward and secretary of the official board; offices which he had held for a long time.

He is survived by his wife and by three sisters: Mrs. Ruby Morris of El Dorado, Kansas, Mrs. Sadie Pullman of Macon, Missouri, Mrs. Lou Halliburton of Kansas City, also, by several nieces and nephews.

The Methodist Church was crowded for the funeral Sunday afternoon at 2:00 Rev. Melvin Booth was in charge with Rev. J. L. Mitchell assisting. Burial was in the Moline cemetery.

Relatives attending the funeral were: Mrs. Ruby Morris and family, Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur Morris, Mr. and Mrs. Dewit Morris and son, Warren and Mr. and Mrs. Ed Morris, El Dorado, Kansas; Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur Halliburton and family, Russel, Gladys and fern of Kansas City, Missouri; Mr. and Mrs. R. B. Green and daughter Geraldine, and friend, Merl Dagget of Winfield, Kansas; Mr. and Mrs. Henry Van Sickle, daughter Hazel, and son Wilbur, Mr. and Mrs. Jack Simon of Cambridge, Kansas; Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Long and daughter Geneva, Moline, Kansas; Mr. and Mrs. K. Freidline and son of Chanute, Kansas; Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Alexander and son Billy Joe, and Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Edward Alexander of Howard, Kansas; Mr. and Mrs. Orville Goodman of Wichita, Kansas; Farmer Force and Herb Springstead of Madison, Kansas; Mr. and Mrs. Morris Kellogg of El Dorado, Kansas. Out of town friends were: Mrs. Frances Sehnert and daughter Hazel Foulston of Wichita, Kansas; Mr. and Mrs. Frank DeBruler of Independence, Kansas.


The Moline Advance - March 27, 1930

MR. I. W. BEAL - Submitted by Dan Durbin

DEATH OF I. W. BEAL

In the passing of I. W. Beal Moline has lost one of her most loyal townsmen and a man of great public spirit. He had been in poor health for some time and had been taken to Kansas City, Missouri, where it was hoped a specialist might benefit him but a stroke brought a conclusion to all hopes and he passed away early Friday morning.

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The following obituary was written for publication:
Isaac W. Beal was born near Rensallier, Indiana, November 6, 1864, and departed this life March 21, 1930.

He was married to Jennie E. Osborn February 23, 1887. She preceded him in death September 14, 1920. To this union five children were born. The son, Marion, a member of the U. S. Marine Corps, passed away October 5, 1918, at Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

In Jasper county, Indiana, Mr. Beal grew to young manhood. Moving to Kansas in 1879, in March 1892 he moved with his family to Macon county Missouri, and February 1908 he moved to Howard, Kansas, coming to Moline March 1910.

He was a member of the Presbyterian church of Howard. He was a member of the Masonic Order, Consistery No. 2 of Wichita, the Odd Fellows, Encampment, Eastern Star and Rebekahs.

He leaves to mourn his loss, his wife Julia D. Beal; four daughters, Mrs. Ines Vansickle, Cambridge, Kansas; Mrs. Iona Long, Moline, Kansas; Mrs. Grace Carvin, Little Blue, Missouri, and Mrs. Ruth Green, Monett, Missouri; eleven grandchildren and one great grandchild; three sisters, Mrs. Ruby Morris, El Dorado, Kansas; Mrs. Sadie Poehlman, Macon, Missouri, and Mrs. Lou Halliburton, Kansas City, Missouri, and one brother Homer Beal, of Moline, Kansas.

Funeral services were held at the Methodist church Sunday, March 23, at 2:00 p. m. Interment was in Ames Chapel cemetery.


The Moline Advance - August 13, 1914

INFANT JOHN BEAL - Submitted by Dan Durbin

Death of Little John Beal
Little John Hopkins, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Beal, passed away Saturday afternoon, August 8th at 2:30 P.M. at the home in Moline, Kansas. Cause of death pneumonia. He was born in Brookhaven, Mississippi, August 3rd 1913, making him one year and five days old.

Our little son has passed away, but to the land of rest One little flower plucked from our home not………(rest of article not available)


Prairie Star - December 30, 2009

MS CARMALITA L. BEATY

Carmalita Louise Beaty, age 85, passed away Monday, Dec. 28, 2009 at Galichia Heart Hospital in Wichita. She was born on July 13, 1924 in the Shafer Hospital in Moline, the daughter of William S. and Miriam (Oder) Beaty.

She lived with her family on a farm in Elk County until 1932 when they moved to Chautauqua County. Following her father's death in 1935 she moved with her mother and older brother Herald to Howard.

She attended school and graduated from Howard High School in May of 1941. After graduation she attended American Business College in Wichita for one year. Then she moved to Pratt and worked at the Riley Truck Lines headquarters as an invoice clerk.

In 1944 she joined the Navy WAVES and served for three years earning the rank Telegrapher Second Class. She was stationed in Dahlgren, Va., and worked in Washington D.C., as a telegrapher. Following the service she trained in Jacksonville, Fla., as a radio operator and worked for National Airlines at New York's Idlewilde Airport (which is now JFK Airport). Moving to Louisville, Ken., she worked as a bookkeeper in an automotive parts factory. She also worked for Mutual of Omaha Insurance Company.

Shortly after returning to Howard in 1951 Carmy went to work in the law offices of Noel Mullendore as his personal secretary. Noel was the Special Assistant to the Attorney General for the Kansas Fish and Game Commission for over 40 years. She continued working in the law office after Noel retired and Maria Foster Ware took over.

During her years in the law office she spent many hours doing individual income tax returns. Carmy stayed in the law office until suffering a stroke in 1989. She then moved to Midland, Texas to live with her brother Herald Beaty and his wife Treva. While living in Midland she attended the Christian Church. In 1993 she moved back to Howard and began residency in Twilight Manor Nursing Home.

Carmy was a long time member of the Howard United Methodist Church and was the choir director for a short time. She loved music and was known for many solos and duets. She was also a member of the Howard American Legion Carter Rader Post #149.

Carmy is survived by her sister-in-law Treva Beaty of San Angelo, Texas, one niece Diana Beaty Moss of San Angelo, Texas, one nephew Timothy Beaty of Chesapeake, Va., three great nieces and six great nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and brother Herald.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 31, 2009 at United Methodist Church in Howard. Visitation will be Wednesday from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Zimmerman Funeral Home. Interment will be at Grace Lawn Cemetery.

Family suggests contributions to the Howard United Methodist Church and may be left with the funeral home. Online condolences may be left at www.coiintrysidefh.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Zimmerman Funeral Home of Howard.


The Winfield Courier - December 5, 2002

MR. HERALD E. BEATY - Submitted by L. Morgan

MIDLAND, Texas - Herald Edmond Beaty, 83, of Midland, formerly of Howard, died Dec. 3, 2002, at Midland Memorial Hospital.

Services were at 11 a.m. today in the Midland Christian Church. The Rev. Bob Blazek officiated.

Another service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Zimmerman Funeral Home in Howard. The Rev. Robin Haines will officiate. Burial will be in Grace Lawn Cemetery.

A memorial has been established with Howard Twilight Manor. Contributions may be made through the funeral home.

Beaty was born Dec. 8, 1918, in Howard, to Miriam (Oder) and William S. Beaty. He attended school and grew up in Elk and Chautauqua counties.

During World War II he served in the U.S. Army Air Corps. He later retired as a major from the Army National Guard.

He also retired from the Ortloff Corp.

Beaty volunteered with the Civil Air Patrol and the Confederate Air Force and was a flight instructor for many years. He was an elder in the Midland Christian Church.

Survivors include his wife, Treva (Cummins) Beaty, Midland; a son, William Timothy Beaty, Chesapeake, Va.; a daughter, Diana Kay Moss, Midland; a sister, Carmalita Beaty, Howard; nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.


Howard Courant - February 10, 1916

MRS. SUSIE E. BEATY - Submitted by L. Morgan

Mrs. W. S. Beaty Dead
Mrs. Susie E. Beaty, wife of Ex-Sheriff Will S. Beaty of Howard, died at her home in this city, Monday evening, the 7th, after an illness of several days and poor health for many months. Her husband was her constant attendant during her sickness and their son, Dr. Fred M. Beaty of Hutchinson, arrived a short time before her death.

Funeral services were held at the home the afternoon of the 8th, and the burial was in Grace Lawn cemetery.

The husband and son have the sympathy of this entire community.

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Howard Courant, February 17, 1916
Miss Susie E. Snider was born October 11th, 1865, in Tippecanoe county, Indiana, and died at her home in Howard on Monday, February 7th, at 4:55 p.m.

She came with her parents to Elk County, Kansas in 1882. She was married to W. S. Beaty December 17th, 1885, to this union two children were born, Dr. Fred Beaty of Hutchinson, Kansas and Nellie Ray, who died in her infancy.

Sister Beaty was converted and united with the Paw Paw Methodist church several years ago, later she placed her membership with the Clear Creek Methodist church where she remained a faithful Christian until her Heavenly Father called her to her eternal home. In her death she leaves a husband W. S. Beaty of this city, and one son, Dr. Fred of Hutshinson, with three sister and three brothers, Mrs. W. H. Baughman of Howard, Mrs. Maggie Beahmer of Hamilton, Kansas, Miss Mattie Snider of Beaumont, texas, Robert Snider of Pueblo, Colorado, William Snider of Denver, Colorado and Ben Snider of California, with a host of relatives and friends to mourn her loss.

Sister Beaty was a good neighbor, a kind and sympathetic friend, and but to know her was to appreciate her merit. Her funeral was conducted by O.L. Weir, pastor First Baptist church of Howard, at the home of the deceased on Tuesday, February 8th, at 3 p.m. and her body was laid to rest in Grace Lawn cemetery.

May the Lord sustain those who mourn for her.

"There is a world above
Where parting is unknown,
A long eternity of love
Formed for the good alone;
And faith beholds the dying here
Translated to that glorious sphere.
       O.L. WEIR


January 1991

MR. GEORGE L. BEAUMONT

George Lewis Beaumont passed away Wednesday, January 2, 1991 at the Fredonia Regional Hospital. He was 68 years of age. George was born March 19, 1922 on the family farm near Longton, Kansas to Otto and Florence Jubilee Smith Beaumont. He attended rural Elk County schools and graduated from Longton High School.

George remained a farmer until joining the United States Army Air Corps, where he served as a medic during World War II. After being discharged in 1945, George returned to Longton where he remained a farmer and rancher. In the late 1950’s, George was employed for a short time at Beech Aircraft Company in Wichita, but returned on weekends to operate the farm.

On October 26, 1960 he married Irene Elizabeth Hooker Albert at Miami, Oklahoma, and to this union was born a son, Brian. He also loved his step-children, Frank, Vergie and Cathleen, as his family. George continued to actively operate the farm throughout his life.

George enjoyed spending time with his wife and family, and was an active member of the Longton Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Irene, son Brian and step-son Frank Albert, all of Longton; two stepdaughters Vergie Hunsucker of Howard and Cathicen Satterfield of Everton, Missouri; a brother W. H. (Bill) Beaumont of Mount Hope, Kansas; four grandchildren, twelve step-grandchildren and nineteen step-greatgrandchildren.

Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, January 5, 1991 in the Longton Baptist Church with Rev. Ted D. Davis officiating. Mrs. June Kramer was the pianist with Mrs. Kathy Davis singing “In The Garden" and “One Day At A Time". The casket bearers were Kenneth Kramer, Billy Love, Everett Buchanan, Keiscy Cody, Ernie Persinger and Marvin McCabe. Interment was held in the Longton Cemetery. A memorial has been established with the Longton Baptist Church, contributions can be left with the funeral home. The funeral arrangements were made with the Zimmerman Funeral Home of Howard.


July 1990

MR. OTTO BEAUMONT

Otto Beaumont passed away Monday, July 23, 1990 at The Elk Manor Nursing Home in Moline. He was 93 years of age. Otto was born on March 12, 1897 in Guthrie, Oklahoma to Lewis and Alice Burrows Beaumont. His family moved to Elk County when Otto was a young boy, and has attended Highland Rural School west of Howard. Since 1916, Otto has operated his farm north of Longton, and remained active in farming and ranching throughout his life.

On March 12, 1921, he united in marriage with Florence Jubilee Smith at Topeka, Kansas and to this union were born two sons, George and Bill. Florence and Otto made their home on the farm north of Longton, throughout their married life. She preceded him in death on December 28, 1988. He remained on the farm until ill health caused him to move to the Elk Manor Nursing Home at Moline in June of this year.

Otto was a member of Longton United Methodist Church.

He is survived by two sons, George of Longton and W. H. (Bill) of Mount Hope, four grandchildren, Linda Simon of Augusta, Steven Beaumont of Towanda, Larry Beaumont of Andale and Brian Beaumont of Longton, three step-grandchildren, thirteen greatgrandchildren and two great-greatgrandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, his parents, his twin brother Arlo and four other brothers, Robert, George, Ralph and Bertie.

Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, July 27, 1990 in the Longton United Methodist Church with Rev. Harriett Bechtle and Rev. Ted D. Davis officiating. Mrs. Eulalia Bird was the organist with Mrs. Licia Nichols singing "In the Garden” and “The Old Rugged Cross”. The casket bearers were Frank Albert, Lacy Albert, Joe Nichols, Kenneth Kramer, Dick Scott and Leroy Rausch. Interment was held at the Longton Cemetery. A memorial has been established with the American Cancer Society, contributions can be left with the funeral home. The funeral arrangements were made with the Zimmerman Funeral Home of Howard.


Flint Hills Express - December 27, 2006

MR. JIMMY J. BECKER - Submitted by L. Morgan

Jimmy Johnson Becker died Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2006 at Mercy Hospital in Independence. He was 80 years of age and a resident of Longton. Jim was born on Oct. 23, 1926 at Reese to Benjamin Frank and Lena E. (Rodenbaugh) Becker. He attended rural school and grew to manhood in the Reese area.

Jim served his country as a paratrooper during World War II. After the war he married Naida Fern Eichman on August 28, 1948 at Russell and to this union was born three daughters, Diana, Deb and Barbie. Jim and Naida began making their home in the ranch country near Coldwater where he worked as a professional cowboy. In the early 1960's the family moved to Howard where they lived until moving to manage a farm at Atkinson, Neb. in the mid-1960's. The family returned to Howard in the late 1960's where Jim operated a cattle and horse ranch. His marriage to Naida ended later in life and Jim lived in the Moline and Longton communities where he raised a few head of sheep and continued ranching. He owned and operated several businesses, but remained a cattleman and horseman throughout his life.

He was a member of the V.F.W. Post 1186 at Independence, the American Quarter Horse Association and the Appaloosa Horse Club. Jim was known for his may stories and his colorful personality.

He is survived by his companion, Beverly O'Neal; his daughters, Diana Stroble of Longton, Debra Ott of Fairview, Okla. and Barbara Small of Independence, Ind; his sisters, Elizabeth Lohmann and Margaret Spencer, both of Alva, Okla and Christine Webb or Mo; several grandchildren and one great grandson. He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Ralph, Bob and Charles; two sisters, Edna Mae McMoran and Perilla Zabensky and his granddaughter, Kami Ott.

Funeral services were held on Friday, Dec. 22, 2006 at the Christian Community Church in Longton with Pastor Terry Marta of Elk City officiating. The casket bearers ere Marshall Baker, Justin Gentry, Jared Nash, Cody Ott, Travis Stroble and Justin Turner. The honorary casket bearers will be Brad Ott, Tony Small and Charlie Stroble. Military funeral honors were conducted by V.F.W. Post 1186 at the Longton Cemetery. A memorial has been established with the Jim Becker Memorial Fund at the Bank of Longton. Contributions may be left with the funeral home. The funeral arrangements were made with the Zimmerman Funeral Home of Howard.


November 1906

MRS. BLANCHE M. BECKNER

Blanche Margaret Beckner passed away Tuesday, November 5, 1906 at the home of her caregiver, Peggy Cooper, in Ponca City, OK. She was 102 years of age and a former resident of the Longton, KS. area. Blanche was horn September 27, 1804 at Longton, KS. to Lauren Wilford and Alma Aletha (Williams) Young. She attended school and grew to womanhood at Buxton and LaFountaine, KS.

On February 4, 1915 she married William Seth Reed at Fredonia, KS. and to this union were born a daughter, Carol and a son, Max.

She was preceded in death by Mr. Reed, in 1923. On March 23, 1927 she married John Se1don Beckner at Independence, KS. and to this union was born a daughter, Alma.

They made their home on a farm near Howard, KS for many years. After the death of Mr. Beckner in February of 1946, Blanche moved to Bartlesville, OK. She devoted her life to making a home and caring for her family.

While living in Bartlesville, Blanche performed home cleaning services and owned and operated apartment houses for many years. She lived most of her life in Bartlesville, OK. until moving to Ponca City in 1991 to live with her daughter.

She is survived by her daughters, Carol McNitt of Ponca City, OK. and Alma Parsons of Bartlesville, OK.; two grandsons, Gary McNitt of Houston, TX. and John McNitt of St. Louis, MO.; and five greatgrandchildren.

She was preceded in deatli by her husband, William Reed and her husband, John Beckner; her son, Max Reed; her parents; two brothers. Archie Young and Virgil W. "Bud" Young, and a sister, Elsie Young.

Graveside services were held Friday, November 8, 1996 at the Longton Cemetery in Longton, KS. with Rev. Charles Heyer of the First Christian Church of Ponca City officiating. Marian Darwin sang "At The End Of The Day." The funeral arrangements were made with the Zimmerman Funeral Home of Howard.


Prairie Star - July 1`, 2009

MRS. RUTH M. BECKNER

Ruth Margaret Peterson Beckner of Lawrence, Kan., formerly of Neodesha, died June 24, 2009 at Brandon Woods Health Center, Lawrence. She was 97.

She was born May 13, 1912 near Kelso, Wash., the daughter of Frank and Mary Wood Peterson. In 1929, Ruth graduated from Howard High School. After attending normal training, she taught in the Elk County rural schools for seven years.

On April 25,1936, she married Paul Beckner and they shared 70 years together. With her husband, she attended Kansas State Teachers College in Emporia, and graduated from Colorado State College of Education, Greeley, Colo. For 32 years, she taught in the elementary public schools of Moline, Grenola, and Neodesha, where she and her husband lived for 52 years. Prior to moving recently to Lawrence, she spent 5 1/2 years at Wesley Towers in Hutchinson, Kan.

She was a member of Neodesha Methodist Church, the Neewollah Campers of Independence, Kansas State Teachers Association, and the National Education Association. Her hobbies included painting, acting and story telling, camping, and making cookies for grandchildren. One of her greatest legacies is the large number of children she taught to read.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and sisters, Florence Eilken, Frances Barger, and Helen Harris. Her survivors are two daughters and their husbands, Janet and Stan Roth of Lawrence, and Karen and Roger Gausman of Hutchinson; eight grandchildren, Kathie, Jon, Carl, and Shannon Gausman, Jim Roth, Jane Waterman, and Debby and Brad Ziegler; and ten great-grandchildren, Jack, Carson, Margaret, and Adam Ziegler, Tim and Alex Roth, and Joshua, Matthew, Paige, and William Gausman.

Services for Mrs. Beckner were held Monday, June 29, 2009 at the United Methodist Church in Neodesha with Reverends Kris Brinlee and Roger Gausman presiding. Interment was held at the Neodesha Cemetery.

The family suggests memorials to the United Methodist Church, 802 Indiana Street, Neodesha, KS 66757 or a charity of your choice. Penwell-Gabel Loran Fawcett Chapel is in charge of arrangements. To leave a special message for the family online, please visit j www.penwellgabel.com.


Unknown Newspaper - December 1969

MR. HENRY P. BEECHNER - Submitted by Dan Durbin

Henry Beechner Rites Held
Services for Henry P. Beechner, 91, retired farmer and merchant, were held Tuesday in the Watt Funeral Home. He died Saturday in Sedan City Hospital.

Born at Cameron, Mo., he came to Moline from Butler, Mo., in 1922. His wife, Nellie, died in 1966.

Survivors include two sons, Henry P., Augusta, Ks., and Elton, Cheyenne, Wyo.; a daughter, Mrs. Elizabeth Kinder, Moline; a sister, Mrs. Emma Neth, Downey, Calif.; eight grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren.


Independence Reporter - April 2, 2008

MRS. JULIA M. BEECHNER - Submitted by L. Morgan

HOWARD-- Julia Mae “Judy” Beechner, 80, of Moline, died Sunday.
Graveside services will be Friday at 11 a.m. in the Moline Cemetery with Pastor Gary Parsons officiating.

Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. prior to service time at the Moline Methodist Church.

Memorials are suggested to the Youthville Organization or the Moline United Methodist Women, and they can be mailed to Countryside Funeral Home, P.O. Box 247, Fredonia, KS 66736. Arrangement are being handled by Zimmerman Funeral Home of Howard.

Mrs. Beechner was born May 18, 1927 in West Fork, Ark., to Theodore R. and Ester (Owings) McDonald. She graduated from St. Paul High school in St. Paul, Ark., in 1945.

After living in the Kansas City and Wichita areas for many years, she moved to southeast Kansas in 1969, making her home in Moline and Howard. Mrs. Beechner was an advisor for the Elk County Extension Service and served as a member and an officer of the Cattlewomen’s Association of Elk County and the State of Kansas. She also owned and operated the Curly Q Restaurant in Moline for seven years.

On April 24, 2004, she married Henry Beechner, he survives at the home.

Other survivors include a son, Tom Riddle, Roeland Park; a step-son, Rick Beechner, Dothan, Ala; four sisters, Saletha Ball and Sharon Edwards, both of Chula Vista, Calif; Corinne Lashua, Dover, Ohio and Anita Aguilar, San Jose, Calif; a brother, Theodore McDonald, Kansas City, Mo; three grandchildren and two great grandchildren.


April 1996

MRS. NORMA BEECHNER

MOLINE - Norma Jean Beechner, 66, of Moline, died April 6. 1996, at Cedar Vale Community Hospital.

Services will be aT 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in Moline Cemetery with the Rev. Larry Bowyer officiating. A memorial has been established with the Moline Medical Clinic. Contributions can be made through Zimmerman Funeral Home of Howard.

Born Jan. 27, 1930, at Grenola, she was the daughter of Myron Monroe and Maria Pauline (Munsey) Connor. She attended Independence rural school near Grenola and graduated from Grenola High School in 1948.

On Oct. 3, 1951, she married Henry Burton "Bud" Beechner at Bentonville, Ark. They resided in Newport. R.I., Panama, Bethesda, Md., Washington. D.C., and Philadelphia before residing in Norfolk, Va., from 1967 to 1990. They moved to Moline in 1990.

Beechner was a homernaker and member of the Moline United Methodist Church.

Survivors include her husband, of the home; a son, Ricky Beechner, Pensacola, Fla.; her mother, of Moline; two brothers, Richard Connor. Mount Airy, N.C., and John "Buzz' Connor, Martinez, Calif.; a sister, Bell, Verbeck, Moline; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.


Prairie Star - March 26, 2014

MR. JAMES C. BEEMAN

James Charles “Jim” Beeman of Hamilton, Kan., died on Monday, March 17, 2014 at Stormont-Vail Health Care in Topeka, Kan., at the age of 67.

He was born on Sept. 28, 1946, in Emporia, the son of Vonzo and Verna Mae (Dowell) Beeman. He was raised in Hamilton, graduating in 1964. After his schooling, he worked on the family farm near Hamilton.

On Sept. 8, 1967, he was united in marriage to Sharon Kay Griffith, and they made their home in Hamilton.

Jim worked his entire life ranching near Hamilton. He was a member of the Hamilton United Methodist Church, Kansas Livestock Association, Walnut West Creek Watershed Board, Farm Bureau Board, Janesville Township Board, Greenwood County Republican Central Committee, Greenwood County Soil conservation Board, USD 390 School Board, and was secretary\treasurer and Past President of the Greenwood County Cattlemen’s Association.

He is survived his wife, Sharon of the home; two sons, J. Preston and wife Jeanna Beeman of Olpe, Kan., and Bruce and wife Stefanie of Moline, Kan.; five grandchildren: Reid, Tessa, Jorja, Katy, Avery; and two siblings, sister, Edna Mae Birtciel of Emporia, Kan.; and brother, E.C. Beeman of Eureka, Kan.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and brother, Vonie Beeman Funeral services were held Friday, March 21, 2014 at Koup Family Funeral Home, in Eureka with Pastor Warren Olson of the Hamilton United Methodist Church officiating. Interment followed at Greenwood Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorials be made to the Hamilton Senior Center or to the Friday Food for Kids at Hamilton United Methodist Church. Contributions may be sent in care of Koup Family Funeral Home, P.O. Box 595, Eureka, KS 67045, which was in charge of service arrangements.


Independence Reporter - October 19, 2007

MR. DON A. BEITER - Submitted by L. Morgan

HOWARD - Don Albert Beiter, 61, of rural Lonton, died Tuesday at his home.

Graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Longton Cemetery, with Pastor Tim Adams of First Baptist Church of Longton officiating.

Friends may call from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Countryside Funeral Home in Fredonia. Zimmerman Funeral Home of Howard is handling the arrangements.

Memorials are suggested to the American Diabetes Association and they may be left with the funeral home.

Mr. Beiter was born Aug. 5, 1946 in Longton, the son of Don and Lillian (Vestel) Beiter. He graduated from Longton High School.

He worked for the Elk County Road Department, Martin Marietta Concrete and in construction. He also farmed and raised cattle.

Mr. Beiter is survived by his father and stepmother Don and Laura Beiter, Oklahoma City, Okla.; two brothers, Ron Beiter, Goddard, and Larry Beiter, Oklahoma City; and a sister, Leanne Tessneer, Guthrie, Okla.


May 1977

MR. HENRY J. BEITER

Henry James Beiter, son of Leo and Agnes (Green) Beiter, was born at Oak Valley Township, Elk County, Kansas on January 18, 1914. He passed away May 28, 1977 at St. Margarets Hospital, Fredonia, Kansas, at the age of 63 years, 4 months and 10 days.

On January 30, 1933, he was united in marriage to Ida Mae Graham and to this union two children were born; Mrs. Veva Luke, Fredonia and Jimmie Beiter, Coffeyville.

His entire life was spent in Elk County Kansas. In 1942 he left the farm and moved to Longton, where he was employed by Elk County. He moved to Howard in 1946 to work as a mechanic and spent his life in this profession until his retirement from Hebb’s Garage in 1971.

He is survived by his wife Ida, of the home; one daughter Mrs. Robert Luke, Fredonia, Ks; one son Jimmie Beiter, Coffeyville, Ks., three sisters, Mrs. Esther Parks, Dewey, Okla.; Mrs. Agatha Lewis, Independence, Ks., Mrs. Ruth Greenburg, Elk City, Ks.; 4 grandchildren and 4 greatgrandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother Willie Beiter and two sisters - Mrs. Ethel Larkin and Mrs. Della Smith.

He was a loving husband and father who enjoyed his grandchildren, greatgrandchildren and his work as a mechanic. He will long be remembered by his loved ones and his many friends.

Services were held at Spurner Funeral Home June 1, 1977, at 2:00 p.m. Interment was in Elk Falls Cemetery.


The Moline Advance - October 20, 1927

MRS. MARY J.BELKNAP - Submitted by Dan Durbin

Mary Jane Baker was born in Wayne County, Illinois, September 26, 1845, and departed this life in Grenola, Kansas, October 16, 1927, age 82 years and 20 days.

December 10, 1863, she was married to George Book and to this union six children was born, four girls and two boys.

In 1895 they moved to Kansas stopping near Moline. In 1908 Mr. Book departed this life. After the death of her first husband she was married to Stephen Wise and after this death married Mr. Belknap who preceded her in death.

In early age Mrs. Belknap professed faith in Christ and united with the Christian church in Illinois. She transferred her membership to Mount Olive and later to the Christian Church in Grenola. She was a faithful Christian to the end.

She leaves to mourn her departure three brothers and three sisters, A. H. Baker and Theodore Baker of Moline, Martin Baker of Siloam Springs, Arkansas; Mrs. J. J. Webb of Moline, Mrs. Will Taylor of Capron, Oklahoma; Mrs. Sybl Mathis of Siloam Springs, Arkansas.

Three children are left to mourn a mother's love: Sarah Jane Whitmire of Grenola, Fred Book of Mattoon, Illinois, and Clara Watson of Salus, Arkansas.

Funeral services were held at the home Tuesday afternoon conducted by Rev. W. H. Fletcher and interment was made in Greenlawn cemetery.
NOTE: See cemetery entry under Mary Book


June 1980

MR. GEORGE BELL

George Bell was born on January 22, 1906, to Jeannie and George Bell at Tahlequah, Oklahoma. He passed away on June 13, 1980 east of Moline, Kansas at the age of 74.

George was raised in Oklahoma and on June 2, 1931 he was united in marriage to Berniece Sinor. In 1945 they moved to Kansas where they raised their family of five children. He was a farmer for most of his life and was employed by Concrete Materials of Moline, Kansas until he retired in 1971. George was a hard working man who refused to retire and continued to work until the day of his death. He measured a person by the amount of work he would do and his honesty. He was listed on the Roll of the Cherokee Nation, and was proud of his heritage.

He is survived by his sons and their families John and Marilyn Bell, Linda, Roy, and Donnie, and James and Carol Bell, Jim, Mike, and Brent, all of Nowata, Oklahoma; his daughters and their families, Georgia and Bill Wilson, Marsha and Lonnie of Towanda, Kansas, Ethel and Jim Helms, Jim, Tracy, and David of Howard, and Edna and Carl Armstrong, Carla, Sherry, and Shane of Augusta, Kansas. He also leaves three sisters, Mrs. Ruby Rogers and Mrs. Myrtle Passrnore of Tahlequah Oklahoma, and Mrs. Mary Pigquet of Pryor, Oklahoma, and his 5 great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at 2:00 P.M., Sunday,JUne 15, 1980 in the Zimmerman Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Harold Trevolt of the First Baptist Church of Moline officiating. The organ music was provided by Mrs. Robin Smith. Casket bearers were Ronald Durbin, Dean Henderson, Curtis Morgan, Jerry Harrod, Howard Suiter, and Leo Welch. The interment was held in Grace Lawn Cemetery at Howard, Kansas. Funeral services were directed by the Zimmerman Funeral Home.


Prairie Star - February 22, 2012

MRS. JOSEPHINE A. BELL

Josephine Anna "Josie" Bell, age 97, formerly of Moline, passed away Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012 at the Sedan City Hospital in Sedan.

She was born on Sept. 10, 1914 in Geneseo, Kan., the daughter of Stephan and Mary (Batisti) Truhlar.

In 1933 Josie was united in marriage to Leon Novotny and he preceded her in death in 1946. On Sept. 20,1958 she married Ralph Bell at the Methodist Church in Howard and he preceded her in death in 1994.

She was a homemaker and a member of the Moline United Methodist Church. She enjoyed playing bingo, fishing and gardening.

Josie is survived by two sons, Norman Novotny and his wife Lynda and Robert Novotny and his wife Barbara all of Wichita, one daughter Gwen Menz and her husband Bill of O'Fallin, Ill.; two brothers Joe Truhlar of Ellsworth, Kan., and Buddy Truhlar of Salina, Kan., six grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and seven great-great grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by her parents, 11 brothers and sisters and one grandson Brian Novotny.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, February 16, 2012 at 1:30 p.m. at Countryside – Zimmerman Funeral Home in Howard, Kansas with Pastor Charles Cryderman officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. Interment will be at Moline Cemetery.

Family suggests memorials to the Kansas Humane Society and may be left with the funeral home. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.countrysidefli.com.

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


Sedan Times-Star - January 04, 2006

MRS. THELMA BELL

HOWARD - Thelma Evalene Bell passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2005, at the Howard Twilight Manor at Howard, Kan. She was 94 years of age and a former resident of Cedar Vale and Sedan. Thelma was born on Jan. 3, 1911 at Turley, Okla to Charles Franklin and Emma Cynthia (Akin) Huffman. She moved with her family to the Cedar Vale area at an early age and attended school in the Hewins community.

Thelma married Leonard Clayton Layton at an early age and to this union was born two sons, Charles and John. Mr. Layton preceded her in death on Sept. 1, 1953. On Jan. 5, 1958, Thelma married Clifton Bell at Independence, Kan. Mr. Bell also preceded her in death.

Thelma was a devoted wife and mother, and dedicated her life to caring for her family. She lived most of her life in the Cedar Vale area and made her home south of Sedan for several years before moving to Howard. She was a long time member of the First Christian Church of Sedan.

She is survived by her two sons, Charles Layton, Prescott, Ariz. and John Layton, Howard, Kan.; a brother, Leland Huffman, El Dorado, Kan.; a sister, Lucille Kunkle, Wichita, Kan.; six grandchildren, several great grandchildren and one step great grandson. She was preceded in death by her husbands, her parents and three brothers, Lewis, Willard and Curtis.

Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 9, 2006, at the Round Mound Cemetery east of Cedar Vale, with Lloyd G. Zimmerman officiating. The funeral arrangements were made with the Zimmerman Funeral Home in Howard.


Howard Courant - June 25, 1931

MR. WILLIAM J. BELL - Submitted by L. Morgan

William John Bell
William John Bell was born July 30, 1847 in Belfast, Ireland and departed this life June 22, 1931, at the age of 83 years, 10 months, and (??) days, at his home in Howard, Kansas.

Mr. Bell came to America at the age of about five years. He came to Kansas some time later, having lived in New York and Iowa for a few years.

He was married to Miss Marguerite Jane Barton on February 12, 1874 at Garnet, Kansas, where they lived until 1888. To this union eight children were born, four of whom preceded him in death, who were Oliver, Maggie, John Herbert and Wm. Dwight. Those who are living are Earl M. of Rising Star, Texas; Roy of Fall River; Clarence of Grand Forks, North Dakota and Lloyd of Howard.

He joined the Presbyterian church in 1870 and was a member until 1888, when he, with family moved to Elk county at which time he united with the M. E. church where he was a member at the time of his death.

He was a good man and was faithful. He leaves to mourn his loss, his wife, four children, nineteen grandchildren, other relatives and a host of friends.

Funeral services were held at the M. E. church, Wednesday at 2 p.m., conducted by Rev. Chappell. Interment was in Grace Lawn cemetery.


Winfield Courier - January 22, 2003

MR. ROBERT E. BELLAR - Submitted by L. Morgan

HOWARD-- Robert Edward "Bob" Bellar, 73, longtime resident of the Howard area, died Jan. 21, 2003, at Greenwood County Hospital in Eureka.

Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Howard United Methodist Church. The Rev. Julie Shields will officiate. Private burial will be in Grace Lawn Cemetery. Zimmerman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials have been established with the American Diabetes Association and the American Heart Association.

Bellar was born June 6, 1929, at Bismarck, N. D., to Abbie Helen (Artz) and Edward George Bellar. He attended rural school near Oil Hill and later El Dorado High School until his family moved to Elk County in 1946. He graduated from Howard High School in 1947.

From 1951 to 1953, during the Korean War, he served in the U.S. Army.

On Feb. 12, 1955, he married Pauline Louise Coble in Severy. They owned and operated a farm west of Howard throughout their marriage and lived in town during recent years.

Bellar was a member of Carter-Rader American Legion Post 149 and the Howard United Methodist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Pauline Bellar, and a son, Mike Bellar, both of Howard; two daughters, Marcene Stevens, St. Louis, and Becky Lanning, Independence, and eight grandchildren.
Unknown Newspaper - January 15, 1973

MRS. MARGARET P. BELLMAN - Submitted by Dan Durbin

Margaret P. Bellman passed away Saturday, January 13 in Wichita, Kansas.

Survivors include her niece, Mrs. Aline Friedel of Wichita. She was a former resident of Howard and was a sister of the late Jack Prentiss. Services were held Wednesday in the Blessed Sacrament Church in Wichita with interment in Mt. Oliver Cemetery in Moline. Rev. Donal O'Hare of Coffeyville officiated.


August 1995

MRS. RUTH L. BENDER

HOWARD — Ruth Louise Bender. 80, of Howard, died Aug. 22, 1995. at the Greenwood County Hospital in Eureka.

Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at the Zimmerman Funeral Home. The Rev. Robert Cooper will officiate.

Cremation will take place after the funeral. A private burial will be held at the Moline Cemetery.

Memorials have been established with the Howard United Methodist Church and the American Cancer Society. Contributions may be left with the funeral home.

Bender was born Feb. 28, 1915, in Moline, the daughter of Herbert Elon and Susanna Caroline (Webb) Turner. She attended Elk County schools and graduated from Howard High School in 1933.

After attending Emporia State Teachers College, she married Elmer Frederich Joseph Bender on Dec. 25, 1934, at Howard. They lived in Genesco and the McPherson area for several years and later in Hamilton and Fredonia. They then moved to Northridge, Calif., where they remained for 31 years.

He died in 1981. She returned to Elk County in July 1988 and lived in Howard until her death.

She was a member of the Howard United Methodist Church.

Survivors include a son, Robert Bender, Paso Robles, Calif.; a daughter, Diane Richard, Canoga Park, Calif; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.


Sedan Times-Star - January 7, 2004

MRS. ALENE BENNITT

SEDAN, Kan. - Alene Jeanne Bennitt, 90, of Sedan, Kan. died Thursday morning, Jan. 1, 2004, in Winfield Rest Haven Nursing Home in Winfield, Kan.

She was born Dec. 29, 1913 at Howard, Kan. to Frank and Ethel (Foster) Andrews. She grew up in Howard, where she received her elementary education and graduated from Howard High School. Following high school, she received her teaching certificate and taught for school for several years.

On June 10, 1933, she married Donald Leslie Bennitt at Howard, Kan. Following their marriage, they made their home in the Elk Falls, Kan. area where Mr. Bennitt farmed and ranched. In 1948, they moved to their farm and ranch north of Sedan. Mr. Bennitt preceded her in death on April 29, 1913. Mrs. Bennitt continued to operate the farm and ranch until April 2001.

She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Sedan and the chatty Cathy Quilting Club.

Survivors include one daughter, Frances Williams, Ponca City, Okla.; one son, Craig Bennitt, Chautauqua, Kan.; 10 grandchildren, and 19 great grandchildren. In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by one daughter, Donna Henderson.

Graveside services were held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 3, 2004, in the Elk Falls Cemetery at Elk Falls, Kan. with Reverend John Randolph of Winfield officiating.

David W. Barnes Funeral Home of Sedan is in charge of arrangements.


The Moline Advance - January 12, 1928

MR. ALFRED B. BENNETT - Submitted by Dan Durbin

Mr. Alfred B. Bennett was born near London, England, April 18, 1832, and died at Pawhuska, Oklahoma, January 7, 1928, 2:15 a. m. at the ripe old age of 95 years and 9 months.

He came to this country in 1854 and was married to Miss Mary Sumner at St. Louis, Missouri, August 20, 1854. Their two children died, one in infancy, on at the age of 12 years. Later they adopted a daughter now Mrs. Harry Keifer. Mrs. Bennett died about 19 years ago at Moline, Kansas where they had made their home for many years.

Previous to coming to Moline they lived on a farm near Wauneta, Kansas, then at Cedar Vale, Kansas.

Mr. Bennett united with the Free Will Baptist church. In Moline he attended the M. E. church. He was a member of the Moline Masonic lodge taking out a demit in 1910.

After his wife's death he made his home with Mr. and Mrs. Harry Keifer.

Funeral services were held in the Christian church of Moline, Kansas, Sunday, January 8, 1928, 4 p. m., conducted by pastor, Elder G Calvin Parham with a brief address by Newton Hill of Elk Falls. Floral tributes were very appropriate. Burial followed in the Moline cemetery.


Elk Falls Reflector - December 17, 1927

MR. CECIL E. BENNETT - Submitted by Dan Durbin

Cecil Eugene Bennett, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Bennett, was born at Elk Falls, Kansas, July 16, 1912, and departed this life at Elk Falls, December 17, 1927, aged 15 years, 5 months and 1 day.

He attended the Elk Falls grade schools until the fifth grade, when the family moved to the South Falls district. He finished his schooling at South Falls, graduating from the 8th grade last year. He entered the Elk Falls high school last fall, and was doing his best to get a good education, even getting his lessons at home when he could no longer attend his school. He took suddenly ill on Wednesday night, and after a brief illness his Savior called him home.

The funeral services were held in the M. E. church last Sunday at 2:30 p. m. conducted by Rev. Frank L. Page, pastor. The address was by Newton Hill. The music was furnished by the students of the high school and the pallbearers were chosen from his schoolmates.


Prairie Star - February 5, 2014

MR. ROBERT J. BENNETT

Robert Jackson “Bobby” Bennett, Jr., age 63, a resident of rural Howard, Kan., passed away Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014 at the Greenwood County Hospital.

He was born on April 5, 1950 in Winfield, Kan., the son of Robert Jackson and Isabelle Arlene (Ward) Bennett. Bobby was a graduate of Moline High School.

On July 20, 1976 he was united in marriage to Joan Colleen Wiseman in Gainesville, Texas. He worked in the body and fender repair business and owned and operated an over the road truck. Bobby was a member of the United Methodist Church in Howard and American Legion Ferguson – Spease Post in Moline. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, trips to Branson, going to casinos and taking cruises. Bobby was an excellent cook and he would do anything for his kids.

Bobby is survived by his wife Joan Bennett of the home, four sons, Dennis Bennett of Edmond, Okla.; Robert (Shalla) Bennett III of Emporia, Kan.; Ryan Bennett of Moline, Kan., and Rance Bennett of Jamestown, N.D.; one daughter Robyn Bennett of Howard; his mother Isabelle Bennett of Moline; two sisters, Rebecca Thetford of Great Bend, Kan., and Sherry (Bert) Knight of Omaha, Neb., and four granddaughters, Javan, Teagan, Emeil, and Elleanna.

He was preceded in death by a son Roland and his father Robert Sr.

Memorial services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, 2014 at Countryside Funeral Home with Pastors Stacy and Dorothy Ellsworth officiating. Memorials are suggested to West Elk Elementary Library and may be left with the funeral home. Online condolences may be left at www.countrysidefh.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Countryside Funeral Home in Howard.


The Moline Advance - December 1, 1927

MASTER DARRELL E. BENNITT - Submitted by Dan Durbin

Darrell Eugene Bennitt, was born at Frontenac, Kansas, November 4, 1923, and died in Moline, Kansas, November 21, 1927, aged 4 years and 17 days. His illness was brief. He was patient in his sufferings. He was a bright happy child dearly beloved by arents and other relatives.

A brief funeral service was held in the family home on the Nichols farm near Elk Falls November 23 and interment in Elk Falls cemetery. The entire community deeply sympathize with the bereaved father and mother. Their little girl died eight years ago.

Only immediate relatives and a few neighbors were at the funeral. There were beautiful flowers from friends and relatives.
*Poem omitted.


Unknown Newspaper - January 24, 1947

MRS. EVA M. BENNETT - Submitted by Dan Durbin

Eva Mae Timmons, daughter of Geo. And Mary Timmons was born in Warren County, Indiana, April 22, 1869 and passed away at her home in Elk Falls, January 24, 1947 at the age of 77 years, 9 months and two days.

When a mere babe her parents came to Kansas and settled near Columbus, Kansas where she grew to womanhood. Her mother passed away when she was 14. Her grandfather died the same year, so she made her home with her grandmother, until the time of her marriage.

While on a visit to an uncle in Elk Falls, she met Geo. Bennett and later they were united in marriage at Columbus, Kansas on November 15, 1893. A few years later they came by covered wagon to Elk Falls and located on the farm now owned by Everett Buchanan. Besides living several years in and near Moline, Kansas, she has resided in or close to Elk Falls until her death.

To this union was born 10 children, 5 girls and 5 boys. All the boys died in infancy except the youngest, Cecil, who died at the age of 15. She had 2 sisters and 1 brother, all died in infancy.

She united with the Methodist church at the age of 12 and remained a faithful member. Mrs. Bennett was a devoted mother and her cheerful smile will be missed by all who knew her.

She leaves to mourn her loss, her husband, 5 daughters: Mrs. Grace Shaw, Chanute, Kan.; Mrs. Flo Atwater, Springfield, Mo.; Mrs. Rettie Lewis; Mrs. Velnie Farnsworth; Mrs. Mae Osborn, all of Elk Falls, 1? grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren and a host of relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held at Elk Falls Methodist church, Sunday January 26 at 2:30 p.m. conducted by Rev. R. L. Cecil, pastor of the Federated church at Longton, Kansas. Arrangements were made by the Moon Funeral Home, Howard Kansas. Burial was in the Elk Falls Cemetery.


November 1967

MRS. MAUDE V. BENNITT

Funeral services were held for, Mrs. Maude V. Bennitt Saturday, November 4, at 10:00 a. m., at the Grenola Christian church, with the Rev. Willis Fowler officiating. Burial was in the Elk Falls cemetery.

Pall bearers were Ralph Logsdon, F. G. Liebau, Richard Wells, Woodrow Kessinger, Delno Warwick and Charles Miller.

Mrs. Bennitt was born September 1, 1893, at Elk Falls, Kansas, and passed away November 1, 1967, at Sedan, Kansas, at the age of 74 years and two months. She was united in marriage to Francig A. Bennitt of Elk Falls on February 27, 1918. To this union were born four children. One daughter and two sons proceeded her in death. She lived in Elk Falls until 1940 when she moved to Burden and then to Grenola in 1941.

The deceased was a daughter of William and Mimi Brown.

Survivors are her husband, Frank, of the home; her daughter, Mrs, Albert Miller, Jr.; five grandchildren, Mike Bennitt, Joplin, Missouri; Kenneth, Donald, Robert and Diana Miller, Gronola.

She became a member nf the Grenola Christian church in 19GO.


Maude V. Bcnnitt Buried Here
Mrs. Maude V. Bennitt of Grenola died Wednesday, November ], 1967, in the Sedan city hospital. She had been in ill health for several years.

Mrs. Bennitt "was born September 1, 1893, at Elk Falls, Kansas, to William and Mima Hollinsworth Brown. She was a member of the Cnristian church.

Survivors are the widower, Frank, of the home: a daughter, Mrs. Albert Miller, Jr., Grenola; a brother, Robert Brown, Augusta, and five grand children.

Funeral services were held Saturday morning at 10:00 a. m. in the Christian church at Grenola, with the Rev. Willis Fowler, Miller, Missouri, officiating. Interment was in the Elk Falls cemetery.


Unknown Newspaper - October 1965

MR. J. B. BENSON

Funeral services for J. B. Benson were held at the funeral home in Independence, Monday, October 25, at 2:00 p. m. Mr. Benson died suddenly at his home in Independence on Friday. Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. June Shaffer of rural Grenola and Mrs. Fern Solomon of Wichita. Mrs. Benson passed away on the first of October of this year.


Prairie Star - July 15, 2009

MRS. LORETTA D. BEOUGHER

Loretta D. Beougher, age 85, of Elk Falls, passed away Thursday July 9, 2009 at Pleasant Valley Manor in Sedan.

Loretta was born April 10, 1924 in Wichita, the daughter of James Franklin and Melissa (Williams) Criss.

On July 27, 1940 Loretta married Wayne Beougher in Wichita. They were married for 68 years until her death, Wayne survives at their home.

In the 1960s Loretta and Wayne moved to the Elk Falls area from Wichita. Loretta worked for Sutton Fan Company, Edo-Aire and the Longton Public Library. She spent the majority of her time being a homemakor, and raising her family and helping taking care of her numerous grandchildren. Loretta enjoyed reading, watching wrestling on TV., cooking and traveling with her husband Wayne.

Loretta is survived by her husband, Wayne Beougher of Elk Falls; four sons, Don Beougher and wife Norma of Elk Falls, Kenneth W. Beougher and wife Ann of Winfield, Roger Beougher and wife Tina of Longton, Richard Beougher and wife Melinda of Longton; three daughters, Wanda Smith and husband David of Elk Falls, Jo Ann

and husband Don of Haysville, Brenda Beaumont and husband Brian of Longton; brother James Criss of Wichita; sister Dorothy Goodwin of Wichita, 31 grandchildren, 45 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-grandchild.

Loretta was preceded in death by parents, one son John Wayne and a brother John Criss. Funeral services were held Monday July 13, 2009 at the Longton Elk Valley School with Rev. Jim Blocher officiating. Interment to follow at the Elk Falls Cemetery.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the: Longton Public Library and may be left with the funeral home. Online condolences may be left at: www.countrysidefh.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Zimmerman Funeral Home of Howard


Prairie Star - September 15, 2010

MR. WAYNE R. BEOUGHER

Wayne Roger Beougher, age 86, a resident of Elk Falls, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2010 at his daughter's home in Longton.

He was born on April 21, 1924 in Gove, Kan., the son Daniel and Pearl (Suiter) Beougher.

On July 27, 1940 Wayne was united in marriage to Loretta D. Criss in Wichita. They were married for 68 years until her death on July 9, 2009. Through the years Wayne worked as a house painter and a truck driver. Wayne was known by many as the "Candy Man."

He is survived by four sons, Donald Beougher and his wife Norma of Elk Falls; Kenneth Beougher and his wife Ann of Winfield; Roger Beougher and his wife Tina of Longton; and Richard Beougher and his wife Melinda of Longton; three daughters, Wanda Smith of Elk Falls; JoAnn Tilley and her husband Don of Haysville, Kan.; and Brenda Beaumont and her husband Brian of Longton; two brothers, Tom Cody of Tulsa, Okla., and Clyde Beougher of Idaho; one sister Wanda Chambers of Arkansas City, 31 grandchildren, 48 great-grandchildren and 3 great-greatgrandchildren. Wayne was preceded in death by his parents, wife Loretta and one son John Beougher.

Funeral services were held Monday, Sept. 13, 2010 at the Elk Valley High Gymnasium in Longton, with Pastor David Sanchez and Pastor Jim Blocher officiating. Interment was at Elk Falls Cemetery.

Family suggests contributions to Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice and may be left with the funeral home. Online condolences may be left at www.countrysidefh.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Countryside - Zimmerman Funeral Home, 206 E. Washington, Howard, Kan.


The Moline Review - October 20, 1899

MR. JAS BERRY - - Submitted by Dan Durbin

Jas. Berrya well known citizen of Wild Cat township living four miles east of Grenola, died Friday evening. His remains were taken to Missouri for burial.


The Moline Advance - November 21, 1929

MRS. ELLA H. BEST - Submitted by Dan Durbin

Ella Hill Pendleton was born in Clinton County, Missouri, march 27, 1889. At the age of fourteen years she moved with her parents to Oklahoma, where she grew to womanhood. While visiting relatives at Belknap she met Mr. Burris L. Best to whom she was united in marriage August 1, 1914. To this union four sons were born.

Mrs. Best was converted at the age of seventeen years and united with the Christian Union and after her marriage she joined the Methodist Episcopal Church at Twin Falls, Idaho, maintaining her membership there until her death. She was a devoted Christian wife, mother and sister, always thinking of the welfare of others, and spending her life in good deeds and loving service.

She became ill Wednesday evening, November 13, and grew rapidly worse, passing away Sunday evening, November 17, at her home south of Moline.

She leaves to survive her, her husband, Burris L. Best; four sons, Billie and Bobbie, the twins, and Donald. Mrs. Best was the youngest of a family of eleven children and the first death in the group, leaving five sisters and five brothers to mourn with the husband and sons and a large number of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held at the First Methodist Episcopal Church in Moline, conducted by the pastor, Rev. O. W. Dewey, after which interment was made in the Howard cemetery. Dr. C. C. Overseen of Monte Vista, Colorado, delivered a short eulogy at the grave.


December 1960

MR. GEORGE W. BEST

Funeral services for George Wesley Best, 45, were held Wednesday morning, December 21, at the Broadway Mortuary Chapel in Wichita. Interment was in the Grenola cemetery on Wednesday afternoon.

Best died Monday, December 18, of shotgun wounds. His body was found after 10:00 a.m., Monday in a field near Augusta. Butler county officials said his 16-gauge automatic shotgun apparently had discharged as he crawled through a barbed wire fence.

Best was born at Moline, Kansas, April 28, 1915. He moved to Wichita in 1942 and had been an employee of the Boeing Airplane Co. for 17 years. He was a son of the late Burr Best, now deceased, formerly of Howard.

Survivors include his wife, Betty; a daughter, Mrs. Peggy Ann Mix, and two brothers, Wil11am Best and Donald Best, of Wichita.


June 1904

MR. WESLEY BEST - Submitted by Dan Durbin

The subject of this sketch has long lived in Howard, and will be missed by a large circle of friends who held him in high esteem. Wesley Best was born near Stanton, Illinois, September 19th, 1825, and died in Howard, Kansas, June 28th 1904. At the age of 25 he in company with other friends went to California. This was in 1849 or 1850 when there was such a large exodus to that state on account of the discovery of gold. The trip was profitable in a financial way, and when he returned to Illinois he entered into what afterwards proved to be a prosperous milling business. For thirty years Mr. Best continued in business in Illinois, living in the towns of Litchfield and Alton. He came to Kansas in 1881 where he has lived up to the time of his death.

The life of this aged and much respected man has not been one of the unusual, but checkered with joys, and disappointments as well. Most of his life he was blessed with an abundance of this world's goods, which he always used as the wise steward with the ten talents, in his contributions to benevolent purposes and in his great sympathy for and constant help to the unfortunate around him. He was one of whom it can truthfully be said, that he gladdened the heart of the widow and orphans. Few men can boast of the life long purity of thought and conduct of this model man. He dwelt among us and moved about our town, with such unassuming dignity that his presence will be greatly missed. His model life ought to leave a lasting influence on all that knew him, and ever be a halo of benediction on the memory of the one that is gone.

Man that boasts of life and power,
Here today and gone tomorrow,
Is like the frail and lovely flower,
Only the solace of a hour.

November 1996

MR. WILLIAM W. BEST

William Worth Best passed away Monday, November 18, 1996, at the Riverside Hospital in Wichita, KS. He was 77 years of age. Bill, as he was known, was born July 26, 1919 at Filer, ID. to Burris Lee and Ella Hill (Pendleton) Best. He moved to Kansas with his family at an early age, and graduated from the Sedan High School in Sedan, KS. in 1937.

On July 5, 1938 he married Lucile Fern Carter at Wichita, KS. and to this union were born two sons, Gary and Bill, and one daughter, Sheila. He served in the United States Navy during World War II and was honorably discharged on April 15, 1946.

Bill was employed during most of his life, as a manager for Lear Jet Corporation in Wichita and retired from that position in 1981. Bill and Fern lived in Wichita for many years, and began making their home in Grenola after his retirement. Bill had also lived several years in Cedar Vale and Howard, KS. during his lifetime.

He enjoyed fishing and working in his garden. He was a member of the V.F.W. Post and the Odd Fellows Lodge, both at Grenola and Hope Lodge #155, A.F. & AM. at Howard. Bill was an active member of the Grenola United Methodist Church and devoted many hours to the recent church construction.

He is survived by his wife, Fern of Grenola; two sons, William LeRoy “Bill" Best Jr. and his wife Anita of Wichita, and Gary Burris Best and his wife Margaret of Belle Plaine; his daughter, Sheila Jo Orr and her husband Alan of Wichita; his brother, Donald Best and his wife, Deloris of Wichita; seven grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, George Wesley Best and Bill’s twin brother, Robert Burris Best; and one great-granddaughter, Tashia Brooke Taylor.

Memorial services were held Thursday, November 21, 1996, at the Grenola United Methodist Church with Rev. Larry Bowyer officiating. Shae Watkins was the organist with Dale Steward and Connie White singing “In The Garden.” The honorary casket bearers were Brent Best, William Best, Cindy Bratton, Shelby McDonald, Amy Orr, Jim Orr, and Lisa Stiles. Interment of the cremains was held at Greenlawn Cemetery in Grenola. A memorial has been established with the Grenola United Methodist Church Building Fund. Contributions may be left with the funeral home. The funeral arrangements were made with the Zimmerman Funeral Home of Howard.


The Longton News - December 14, 1906

MRS. C. M. BETTIS - Submitted by Dan Durben

Death notice Mrs C. M. Bettis

Mrs. Bettis Dead
Died, Tuesday evening, December 11, 1906, Mrs. C. M. Bettis of this city. Mrs. Bettis had been in poor health for the past year, having had Pneumonia which terminated in Consumption.

Mrs. Bettis was a member of the Congregational church and a devout Christian lady who was esteemed by all who knew her. Her remains were laid to rest in the Upola cemetery today by those of her children.


The Elk County Reporter - April 12, 1979

MR. BENNIE W. BEU - Submitted by Dan Durbin

Bennie W. Beu, 84 years of age died Friday April 6 in the Greenwood Hospital at Eureka, Kansas. Bennie W. Beu was born 3 miles north of Moline on the 25th of October 1894. The son of Christine (sic) and Francis Sheel Beu. He was united in marriage to Edna B. May February 10, 1915. His wife Edna preceded him in death August 1974.

Survivors include two sons and their wives, Vernon and Bessie Beu and Cleo and Lois Beu both of Moline. Also one brother Rhudy Schult of Salina, Kansas. Bennie was a retired farmer, being born and raised and spending his entire life on the farm north of town until he and his wife retired to Moline 12 years ago.

Funeral services were Monday, April 9 at 2 p.m. at the Watt Funeral Home with Rev. Harold Trevolt officiating. Interment was in the Moline Cemetery.


Unknown Newspaper - April 1973

MRS. MINNIE BERTHA B. BEU - Submitted by Dan Durbin

Minnie Bertha Bell Beu, daughter of Robert Sullivan and Nancy Massey, was born March 7, 1897 in Elk County, Kansas and departed this life, April 15, 1973 at Kansas City, Kansas. She was the youngest of twelve children.

Herman C. Beu and Bertha were united in marriage in 1914; one chosen child graced this union.

She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents and 10 brothers and sisters.

Bertha was a member of the Moline Christian Church and Royal Neighbors.

Her survivors are: her daughter and husband, Lavona and Raymond Peirce of Kansas City, Kansas; one brother, Arch Sullivan of Moline; four grandchildren; and one great grandson.

Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon in the Watt Funeral Home Chapel. The Rev. Jon Ward officiated. Burial was in the Moline Cemetery.


Sedan Times-Star - July 06, 2005

MRS. BESSIE M. BEU

MOLINE, Kan. - Bessie Mae Beu went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, June 28, 2005 at the Caney Nursing Center in Caney, Kan. She was 86 years of age and a former resident of Moline, Kan. Bessie was welcomed into this world on April 18, 1919 at Cloverdale, Kan. by Charles Luther and Sarah Ann (Johnson) Hull. She received her education in the Grenola and Sedan, Kan. school districts.

Bessie attended Business College at Fayettevile, Ark., where she worked for many years. In 1944, she moved back to Sedan and worked in the office of the Chautauqua County Treasurer and County Clerk. In 1947, Bessie married Vernon Merle Beu and they made their home in Moline. She worked in the Moline School lunchroom for 29 years, and retired in 1981. Due to failing health, Bessie and Vernon moved to Walnut Towers at Winfield, Kan. in 1998. Vernon preceded her in death on Sept. 27, 2001.

Bessie and Vernon were members of the Kansas Old Time Fiddler’s and Picker’s Association. Bessie was a talented guitar player and enjoyed playing with the Redbud Country Music Band at nursing homes, Rodeo Days and various community affairs.

Bessie was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2004 and moved to Oklahoma to be close to Evelyn Meade, her long time friend and caregiver. She recently moved into the Caney Nursing Center.

She is survived by two sisters, Laurine Smith, Caney, Kan. and Lola Hull of Enid, Okla., a brother-in-law, Cleo Beu, Winfield, Kan. and several nieces and nephews. Bessie’s husband, six brothers and one sister preceded her in death.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Friday, July 1, 2005 at the Zimmerman Funeral Home in Howard, Kan., with Rev. Shawn Sturm of the Winfield First Christian Church officiating. Interment was held at the Moline Cemetery in Moline, Kan.

A memorial has been established with Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice. Contributions may be left with the funeral home. The funeral arrangements are being made with the Zimmerman Funeral Home of Howard.


July 16, 1897

MR. CARL BEU - Submitted by Dan Durbin

DEATH OF CARL BEU
Died at his home three miles north of Moline, July 9th, at 7 p.m., Carl Beu, aged 54 years 2 months and 29 days. The deceased was born April 10, 1843, in Province New For Pommern, Northern Germany. Early in life he entered upon the life of a sailor serving the last two years out of eleven as a steward in the German Navy. Married in 1870 to Miss Mary Smith who still survives him and who has born to him ten children, three girls and seven boys. One girl and four boys have gone before. His mother, three brothers and two sisters survive him.

Carl immigrated to America soon after his marriage, engaged in railroading two years, worked in coal mines seven years, settled on his farm on Mound branch in 1879. He succeeded in making a good home and leaves his family in comfortable circumstances. Mr. Beu became a member of the Lutheran church early in life. He seemed very clear in his hopes for the future as death made its approach.

Carl shared with the members of the Beu family residing in the community in being highly respected by everybody.

His funeral took place at the Wild Cat school house Sunday afternoon, conducted by Bros. Goodwin and Hill. The attendance was very large. The family wish to thank their many friends for the kindness shown to them during the illness and in the last sad rites. They highly appreciate the respect shown to their beloved one.


The Moline Advance - April 1929

MR. CHRISTIAN BEU - Submitted by Dan Durbin

Christian Beu, son of John and Elizabeth Beu, was born in VorPommern, Germany, Feb. 19, 1855 and died April 18, 1929, aged 74 years, 1 month and 29 days.

When 15 years of age he came to America with his parents, settling on a farm near Chanute, Kansas where they resided until 1879 when they moved to Elk county, Kansas where he purchased a farm north of Moline.

On March 8, 1881 he was united in marriage to Alice Clingenpeel. One son and two daughters were born to this union. His wife died on March 10, 1886. The children surviving this marriage are Fred Beu of Bristow, Oklahoma and Elizabeth Hendrickson of Wichita, Kansas, Rosa Wallace having preceded him in death in 1915.

In February 22, 1889 he was married to Frances Sheel to whom were born three children. Mrs. Beu passed away February 6, 1898. The two sons remaining of this union are Herman and Bennie Beu, one daughter, Alma, having died in infancy.

On July 16, 1899 he was united in marriage in Chicago to Minnie Schult to whom was born one son, Edwin Beu of Harper, Kansas.

He leaves four stepchildren; Will Schult of Bay City, Michigan, Elsie Waller of Chicago, Illinois and Rudolph and Rosa Schult of Moline, Kansas. Also 26 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.

He came from a family of sever children of whom one brother, Wm. Beu of Delaware, Oklahoma remains.

He was confirmed in the Lutheran faith and sought to live his life according to its doctrines. He was always interested in the cause of Christianity and for many years was Sunday school superintendent.

The greater part of his life was spent in farming and stock raising seeking always to build up the community in which he lived.

In 1918 he moved to Moline, Kansas at which place he resided until his departure April 18, 1929.

Funeral services were held at the Methodist church in Moline Sunday afternoon, conducted by the pastor, Rev. O. W. Dewey and attended by….(remainder of article not available)


Unknown Newspaper - August 22, 1966

MR. CLARENCE M. BEU - Submitted by Dan Durbin

Services For Clarence Beu
Clarence Marvin Beu, 75, died August 22 at the Sedan city hospital where he had been a patient three weeks.

Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon August 25 at the Watt Funeral Home with the Rev. Miles Stotts officiating. Burial was in the Moline cemetery.

Clarence Marvin Beu was born Oct. 26, 1890, in Moline, son of Carl and Marie (Schmidt) Beu.

Mr. Beu was in the oil production department of the Union Oil Co. of California and his crew drilled one of the first mile deep wells. He had been a member of the Masons being a 32nd Degree member and a Shriner.

He is survived by his widow, Eva Beu, of the home, several nieces and nephews.


Prairie Star - October 23, 2013

MR. CLEO L. BEU

Cleo L. Beu passed away Oct. 21, 2013, at Cumbernauld Village in Winfield. He was 91 years of age and a resident of Winfield. Cleo was born on Nov. 15, 1921, on a farm near Moline to Bennie Walter and Edna Gertrude (May) Beu. He graduated from Moline High School in 1939 and grew to manhood in the Moline area. Cleo served four years in the Air Force during WWII, being station in Europe.

Cleo was employed at the Moline Mercantile for 25 years before becoming an owner of Moline Furniture Store for 35 years.

On April 17, 1943, in Tonopah, Nev., he married Lois E. Stiles and they made their home in Moline. They moved to Winfield in 2004 to be near medical care for Lois. After her death, Cleo remained at Cumbernauld Village where he filled his days with writing his memoirs, enjoying art, and making music on his Yamaha electric piano. All three endeavors surrounded him with new friends and the joy of bringing happiness to others. His angels and roses will be a fond memory to those who were recipients of them.

Cleo’s accomplishments at Cumbernauld Village were many. He was instrumental in building Beu Gardens with a 14th Century design 4-tier fountain, the Angel Gabriel, roses, and polished granite stones carved for loved ones; all done in memory of Lois. All these improvements were possible with the assistance of Linda Voth. Cleo was very proud of the 75 pieces of art work hanging in the hallways of Cumbernauld Village. The art is all by famous artists and were framed by Walt Nichols Framing Company. He gave many more gifts to Cumbernauld Village; all in memory of Lois.

Cleo was a talented piano player, loved the computer, enjoyed writing, and was trying to learn Spanish. He was happiest when working on a project. He also took great pleasure in giving and felt it was the most important thing in his life. Through the years, Lois and Cleo helped many young people and over the past several years, he gave over 90 parkas to the working girls at Cumbernauld. Cleo often said that he was raised in a German home and that giving was a way of life.

“Life is not always perfect, not supposed to be. But had I the choice to live my life over, I would change nothing. The things that meant the most to me were Lois, people, love and giving.” … Cleo L. Beu

Through friendship and love, the following were like daughters to Cleo: Jo Vestal, Ardie Booi (Canada), Ginny Mechtley, Juanita Miller, Carey Hurt, Shae Watkins, Stephanie Goff, Connie Carter, Evelyn Meade, Janet Rash and Wanda Mills. After Lois was gone, Cleo was alone. There were no relatives left. These people helped him through a most difficult time and will never be forgotten.

Cleo loved to dance with Lois in his arms. They often went dancing with their closest friends, Darrel and Millie Patteson and Shorty and Rose Lee Cottle, at the Helms Club. At the end of the dance, it was off to Lacy’s for a midnight brunch. Those were some of the happiest time of his life.

After Lois was gone, Cleo came close to becoming a hermit, only going out to visit Lois at the Grenola Cemetery. He spent his last remaining days at Cumbernauld Village with his friends there.

“Every book as a beginning chapter and an ending chapter as life does. That time has come. An “Ultimo Adios”. My last farewell. Love, Cleo” … Cleo L. Beu

His parents, brother, and wife, Lois, preceded him in death. He is survived by hundreds of friends. His final years were spent waiting for the joy of reunion with his beloved Lois. He requested that his funeral service be one for the celebration of his life, his love for Lois, and his passing to a place without sorrow.

Funeral services will be held on Oct. 26, 2013, at 2 p.m. at Countryside Funeral Home of Howard with Pastor Robin Haines officiating. Music presented by Not Worthy and Rodney Jennings. Memorials are suggested to the Kansas Veterans Home in Winfield and may be left with the funeral home. Online condolences may be left at www.countrysidefh.com.

Arrangements entrusted to Countryside-Zimmerman Funeral Home in Howard.


The Moline Advance - June 4, 1959

MRS. CORA E. BEU - - Submitted by Dan Durbin

Obit-BEU, Cora Elinor (Miller)-1959

Cora Elinor Miller was born near Burlington, Kansas, January 28, 1875. She was the oldest daughter of Richard and Florence Miller. At the age of eight her parents moved to Chautauqua county near Old Boston. One year later they moved to the home place just south of Moline, near and in this place her life was spent.

She was married to John C. Beu on Dec. 14, 1898 who preceded her in death on Dec. 10, 1958. To this union four children were born, Verna Carter, Moline, Kans., Raleigh D. Beu, Beloit, Kans.,Mildred Glazier, Mountain Grove, Mo., Charles J. Beu, Corpus Christi, Texas. There were two children by a former marriage, Besse Peterson, who passed away Oct. 1, 1918 and Carl W. Cline of Wichita, Kans.

Her survivors are the five children, two sisters, Mrs. Orien Judd, Moberly, Mo., Mrs. Alburtis Caton, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 15 grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren and three great, great grandchildren. She was a member of the Moline Christian Church and the Rebekah lodge.

Services were held at the Watt Chapel in Moline June 1st at 2:30 p. m. with Rev. L. N. Dowty, minister of First Pilgrim Church Wichita, in charge. Music was furnished by Mr. and Mrs. Dowty, Joe Robertson and Mrs. Melvin Miller, also a short service by the Moline Rebekahs. The casket bearers were six of her grandsons, Jack Carter, Jim Beu, Myrel Cline, Bud, Bill and Bob Glazier.

Folks attending from out of town; R. C. Schult, Eureka, Mr. and Mrs. Bud Glazier, Mountain View, Mt., Mr. and Mrs. V. A. Gazier, Mr. Grove, Mr. and Mrs. Bob Glazier and sons, Springfield, Mo., Bill Glazier, Aurora, Mo., Mr. and Mrs. Jack Hale, Myrel, Rodger and Ted Cline, Mr. and Mrs. Carl Cline and Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Robertson, Wichita, Virginia Carter, Mrs. Myrtle Spease and Margaret Beechner, Independence, Edith Shelby, Kinsley, Mr. and Mrs. Jack Carter and Mitchell, K. C. Mo., Chas. Beu, Corpus Christi, Mr. and Mrs. R. D. Beu, Beloit, Kans., Wilma Hodge, Oklahoma City, Mrs. P. B. Burson and Carol , Mrs. Hobert Glanders, Mr. and Mrs. Herman Fickle, Howard, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Beu, Collinsville.


Elk County Reporter - August 1974

MRS. EDNA G. BEU - Submitted by Dan Durbin

Mrs. Edna Getrude Beu, 78, died Monday in the Winfield Hospital, where she had been a patient for the past 10 days.

Edna G. Beu was born Jan. 14, 1896 at Whiting, Kan., the daughter of Thomas H. and Ella (Beegle) May. She was united in marriage to Bennie Beu at Howard on Feb. 10, 1915. He survives at the home. They celebrated their golden wedding anniversary in 1965.

Additional survivors include two sons, Vernon and Cleo, both of Moline.

Funeral Services were held Wednesday in the Watt Funeral Home with Rev. Monroe Vaughn and Rev. Harold O. Jensen officiating. Interment was in the Moline Cemetery.


Unknown Newspaper - 1970

MR. EDWIN G. BEU - Submitted by Dan Durbin

Edwin Beu Service Held
Edwin G. Beu, 68, former Moline resident died Saturday in Kimble, Neb.

Edwin G. Beu was born on Sept. 21, 1902 in Moline, the son of Christian and Minnie Beu. He moved to Kimble from Wichita in 1965. Survivors include one son, Edwin G. Beu Jr., of Anchorage, Alaska; one daughter, Mrs. Phyliss Wiens of Kimble, Nebr.; two brothers, Ben Beu, Moline and R. C. Schutlz of Eureka.

Funeral services were held Wednesday in the Watt Funeral Home Chapel with burial in the Moline Cemetery.


The Moline Republican - February 11, 1898

MRS. FRANCES BEU - Submitted by Dan Durbin

Mrs. Christian Beu, daughter of Fredrick and Charlotta Sheel, was born in Germany, April 8, 1870.

Her parents were members of the German Lutheran church and she was baptised, reared, lived and died in that faith.

In 1882 she moved from Germany to Kansas, and on February 25, 1888, was married to Christain Beu, a farmer living three miles north of Moline. Three children were born to them, one of whom died.

A mother, husband, two children, three step children, a sister Mrs. Wm. Beu, a half brother, Fred Sheels and two half sisters living in Chicago, Ills., are the immediate relatives remaining.

A very large concourse of people gathered at the M. E. church where an appropriate sermon was preached by th Pastor, Rev. J. H. Hubbard.


The Beloit Daily Call - August 4, 1999

MRS. GLADYS C. BEU - Submitted by Dan Durbin

moline cemetery Obit-BEU, Gladys Claire(Robertson)-1999

Gladys Claire Robertson Beu passed away July 30, 1999 at Long Term Care, Mitchell County Hospital. She had been a Beloit resident for almost 50 years.

Claire Beu was born on a farm north of Moline, Elk County, July 29, 1904 to John Franklin Robertson and Nellie Pearl Clark Robertson. She was the second of six children of whom only three survived to adulthood. An older brother died at age 3 in 1905, a younger sister died at age 15 in 1922, and another younger sister died at age 12 in 1932.

The Robertson family moved off the farm and into Moline in 1910. Claire's mother died in the Spanish Flu epidemic of 1918, and much of the responsibilities for looking after the Robertson household and the raising of her brothers and sisters came to rest on her shoulders at age 14. Claire's father remarried in 1921, the year Claire graduated from Moline High School. She taught school in a one room school house for a year and then attended Kansas State Teachers College at Emporia for two semesters and a summer before returning to Moline to care for her family and step mother who was ill and then care for her family following her step mother's death. Claire was a career homemaker the rest of her life.

Claire and Raleigh Dean Beu were married May 2, 1925 at the Methodist Parsonage in Fredonia. Raleigh was a Moline native, and they had known each other since age 12. Children of this union are Robert Dean, 1928, John Franklin, 1930, Virginia Nell, 1932, and James Alan, 1940. Virginia Nell died in 1933.

Claire and Raleigh started married life on the Beu family farm near Moline, but in 1928, Raleigh became an employee of Empire Oil and Gas, later to become Cities Service. This career involved many transfers and family moves, but Claire and Raleigh quickly became involved in church, community, and school everywhere as if this move was the last. None of their children were born in the same town. Before Raleigh's transfer to Beloit as Cities Service Gas Pipeline Foreman in early 1950, the family had lived in eight communities in Kansas, two in Oklahoma, and one in Texas. Claire vowed she would never move again unless she had to, and she didn't. Following World War II, Claire's father became a member of the Beu household, and moved to Beloit with Claire, Raleigh, and James Alan in 1950. Claire cared for him at home for over two years following a stroke that left him both physically and mentally impaired. He died in 1960.

Her beloved Raleigh passed way in 1980 five years after he suffered a massive stroke while driving on a trip to Colorado with Claire and two young granddaughters. Fortunately, the stroke occurred in Limon, Colorado, while Raleigh was driving 30 miles per hour, and Claire was able to take control of the car and bring it to a stop. A few minutes before or after, Raleigh would have been driving at highway speed, and a huge tragedy would have occurred. Raleigh was an invalid until his death, and Claire devoted all her time to him, mostly at home, but later at Long Term Care and the Hilltop Lodge long term care facility.

Claire joined Eastern Star in 1932, and has been an active member of the Federated Quest Club of Beloit since 1952. She had artistic talent all her life, but developed it her later years as a member of the Solomon Valley Art Guild. Some of her paintings are on display at the Mitchell County Museum.

Claire was a dedicated and practicing Christian and active in the Methodist Church wherever she lived. She was selfless and led a life dedicated to Christian service as best she could. She and Raleigh were local and district sponsors of the Beloit Methodist Youth Fellowship for many years, and thus acquired many non-biological children of whom they were justly proud.

Claire is survived by her three sons, Robert, John, and James, ten grandchildren, 5 step-grandchildren, 32 great grandchildren, 5 great great grandchildren, and a host of friends.

Funeral services were 10 a.m., Tuesday, August 3, at the First United Methodist church with Reverend Bill Brazil officiating. Organist was Shirley Wichers. Alan and Mary Ann Barstow sang the duets, "Beyond the Sunset" and "Some Where the Sun is Shining." The congregation sang. "When the Roll is Called Up Yonder." Casket Bearers were Tom Beu, Ric Beu, Pat Beu, John Pratt, David McConnell and John Beu. Graveside services were 4 p.m. August 3 in the Moline Cemetery, Moline, with Reverend John Pratt officiating. Memorials were given to the First United Methodist Church, Beloit. Harrison Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


The Moline Review - July 15, 1910

MRS. HANNA BEU - Submitted by Dan Durbin

Hanna Miller was born in Germany on October 14, 1832 and died July 11, 1910, at the home of her daughter Mrs. Christain Beu near Moline, Kan. She was married in Germany, October 28, 1860 to Henry Beu. To this union were born eight children, four of whom have gone on before. The four living are John Beu of Chicago, Mrs. Henry Folkens of Chicago, Mrs Fred Hennings of Chicago and Mrs. Christain Beu of Moline, Kan. She also leaves nineteen grand children and one great grand child.

Mr. and Mrs. Beu left Germany Oct 30, 1871 and came to Chicago where they lived until about eight years ago when they came to live with their daughter at Moline. They expected to celebrate their gold wedding in October 1911.

Mrs Beu was confirmed in the Lutheran church in childhood and lived and died in that faith. The relatives of the deceased have the deep sympathy of all in their grief.


Unknown Newspaper - 1965

MR. HERMAN C. BEU - Submitted by Dan Durbin

Herman C. Beu, lifelong resident of Moline, died at 5:50 p.m. Friday in Newton Memorial Hospital after a long illness.

Services will be held Monday at 2 p.m. at the Watt Funeral Home Chapel in Moline with Rev. Anthony Simowitz officiating. Interment will be in the Moline Cemetery.

The son of Christian and Frances Sheel Beu, he was born Jan. 10, 1892 at Moline. He worked for a number of years for Concrete Materials at Moline until his health failed. He was a member of the Moline Christian Church and member of Modern Woodman Lodge.

Survivors are his widow, Bertha; a daughter, Mrs. Lavona Pierce, Kansas City; a brother ***rest of obit unavailable***


Moline Review - April 10, 1919

MR. JOHN BEU - Submitted by Dan Durbin

John Beu was born in northern Germany September 20, 1846, died in Moline, Kansas, April 5, 1919, age 72 years, 6 months and 15 days.

After leaving school he started out as a sailor and followed this life for about 9 years, during this time he visited all the principal seaports of the world and decided there was better opportunities for a poor man in America than was in Germany. In April 1868 he got his passport for the United States and arrived in New York in May.

After working a few months he wrote back home that the United States was the best country that the sun shome upon and he wanted them to be ready to come over and enjoy the blessing of this country with him and he worked unto that end until he got all of his folks over here.

He took out his naturalization papers so that he might have the full power as a citizen of the United States and he has been a true citizen ever since.

Always was in favor of doing all the good that he could do to his neighbors and friends. He was a great lover of little children and nothing deligthed him more than to make them little presents.

In 1872 he sent to Germany for his fiancee, Lena Sheel, to come over and was married the same year. Their marriage was of short duration as his wife passed away about 11 years after their marriage. To this union was born one daughter, Etta Beu, who now resides in Evanston, Illinois.

He leaves to mourn his loss his daughter, Etta Beu; two brothers, Christian, Moline, and William Beu of Delaware, Oklahoma; two sisters, Mrs. Reka Sheel and Mrs. Sophia Krohn, both of Moline, Kansas, and a host of other relatives and friends.

The funeral services took place at the Christain church in Moline Tuesday, April 8, at 2 p.m. conducted by Elder C. M. Arthur assisted by Rev. C. E. Heaton. Address by Newton Hill of Elk Falls, a friend of the family. Interment in Moline cemetery.


Winfield Courier - May 3, 2005

MRS. LOIS E. BEU - Submitted by L. Morgan

Lois Elaine Beu, 79, of Winfield, formerly of Moline, passed away peacefully April 28, 2005, at her home in Cumbernauld Village.

Services were 2 p.m., May 2 at Zimmerman Funeral Home in Howard. Pastor Robin Haines and Lloyd G. Zimmerman officiated. Private burial was in Greenlawn Cemetery in Grenola.

Wanda Mills was the organist and played "Somewhere My Love." Louise Morgan and Barbara Greenwood sang "In the Garden."

Casket bearers were Clarence Carter, Dale Clubine, Richard Moreno, Tom Patteson, Johnnie Wilson and Robert Wilson.

A memorial has been established with Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice. Contributions may be left with the funeral home.

Lois was born May 3, 1925, in Grenola, to Stella Faye (Hunt) and Lloyd Emmett Stiles. She grew to womanhood in the Grenola community and graduated from Grenola High School in 1942.

She met the love of her life, Cleo Beu, at the roller rink in Grenola. They married April 17, 1943, in Tonopah, Nev. While Cleo served in the Army Air Corps. Lois worked as a courier for the B. F. Goodrich plant in Borger, Texas. In 1946, Lois and Cleo bought a home in Moline and settled down to married life.

She was the founder of the Moline Furniture Store and nurtured the business for three years before Cleo left his job at the Mercantile to assist her. The combined efforts made the store a success for many years.

Lois was a gracious and loving person. Although she was a little shy, her smile was welcoming to everyone she met. She and Cleo were always together, and her love and devotion to her husband were evident.

She is survived by her husband, Cleo Beu, Winfield; two nieces, Jean Richard, Fountain Hills, Ariz., and Louise Ulrich, GreenValley, Ariz.; a great-niece, Cheri Goff, Grenola; and a host of friends in Moline and the surrounding communities.


The Beloit Daily Call - April 18, 1980

MR. RALEIGH D. BEU - Submitted by Dan Durbin

Obit-BEU, Raleigh D.-1980

Raleigh Dean Beu was born near Moline, Kansas, Dec. 23. 1903 to John C. Beu and Cora Miller Beu. He spent the first 14 years of his life on a farm, and then moved with his family to Moline. He attended a country school for five years, and finished his education in the Moline School, graduating in 1923.

He worked in the oil fields round Moline, and spent one year in Denver, Colo., working as a street car conductor. In 1929, he went to work for Cities Service Gas Company at Augusta, and continued working for them in various capacities for 40 years in Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas. He came to Beloit in 1950, as Pipeline Foreman, and retired Jan 1, 1969. He and his wife continued to make Beloit their home.

On May 2, 1925, he and Claire Robertson were married at Fredonia. They were blessed with four children: Robert Dean, John Franklin, Virginia Nell and James Alan. Virginia Nell passed away at the age of one and-a-half years.

Raleigh, with his family, became members of the First Methodist Church in Perry, Oklahoma in 1941. In subsequent years and in churches where he lived, he taught children's Sunday School classes, served on committees, was chairman of the church board, and taught a class of young married couple. He and his wife were sponsors of youth groups, both local and sub-district, for a number of years.

He was always interested in scouting, and was a leader in most places where he lived. He wa a member of the Masonic Lodge since 1934, and belonged to the Eastern Star. He served on the Beloit School Board from 1954 to 1960.

Raleigh loved sports. He played football in high school and later played golf. His greatest enjoyment was fishing. He and his fishing buddies spent many happy hours fishing in area lakes and the Solomon River.

He and Claire were privileged to celebrate their Golden Wedding Anniversary in 1975, just two months before he became ill.

His church and family were first in his life. He was very proud of his sons, their wives and the grandchildren. His friends meant a lot to him, and he was always ready to help them in any way he could.

He endured almost five years of illness with patience and no complaint. He never lost his sense of humor. He leaves his loving wife; three sons and wives; Robert and Virginia, John and Patricia, James and Marianne, ten grandchildren , five step=grandchildren; two sisters, Verna Coble and Mildred Glazier, two brothers-in-law, Joe Robertson and Vernie Glazier; a sister-in-law, Jessie Mae Robertson, many nieces and nephews, other relatives, and a host of friends. He was preceded in death by his daughter, his parents, one brother, a half-brother and a half-sister.

Funeral services were held Thursday, Apr. 17, at 10:00 a.m. at the United Methodist Church with Pastor Albert Rymph the officiating clergyman. Music was a congregational hymn "When the Roll is Called Up Yonder," and Mrs. Helen Wesselowski, soloist and Mrs. Stephen Zachary, organist. Caring for the flowers were Mrs. I. F. Holle, Mrs. R. D. Chapman and Mrs. Ernest Grittman. Casket bearers were R. D. Chapman, Ernest Grittman, Dr. I. F. Holle, Rex Jermark, Walter Miltner and Roy Wickham. Services were by McDonald Funeral Home. Interment services were conducted by Rev. Gene Mengarelli at the Moline Cemetery, Moline.


The Winfield Daily Courier - September 29, 2001

MR. VERNON M. BEU - Submitted by Dan Durbin

Vernon Merle Beu, 83, of Winfield, died Sept. 27, 2001, at William Newton Hospital.

Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Zimmerman Funeral Home of Howard. Lloyd G. Zimmerman will officiate. Ferguson-Spease American Legion Post will conduct military honors at the Moline Cemetery.

A memorial has been established with Hospice, Inc. Contributions may be left with the funeral home.

Beu was born on January 19, 1918, on a farm near Moline, to Edna Gertrude (May) and Bennie Walter Beu. He graduated from Moline High School in 1935 and grew to manhood in the Moline area.

He was employed at the Moline Feed Store for several years before becoming a carpenter. He later moved to Wichita and worked at Boeing Aircraft Co. In 1942 he enlisted in the United States Army and was discharged in 1946.

In 1947, Beu married Bessie Hull and they made their home in Moline. Beu was employed as a carpenter in the Moline area until retiring in 1981. He and his wife moved to Winfield in 1998 to be near medical care.

They were members of the Kansas Old Time Fiddlers, Pickers and Singers for more than 20 years. They entertained with music at nursing homes and other locations. He was the state secretary of the organization for several years. He was a member of the Moline United Methodist Church, Ferguson-Spease American Legion Post and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Survivors include his wife, Bessie Beu, and his brother, Cleo Beu, Moline.


Howard Courant-Citizen - August 12, 1965

MRS. EMMA E. BEVERIDGE - Submitted by L. Morgan

Emma Elizabeth Anderson was born in Bath county, Kentucky on December 3, 1877 and passed away at the Sedan city hospital, Sedan, Kansas, August 2, 1965, at the age of 87 years, 8 months and 29 days.

When seven years of age, she, with her parents, moved to Kansas, and settled near Howard, where but for a very short time she had spent her entire life.

On June 22, 1898, she was united in marriage with Burleigh Thomas McKirahan and they resided on their farm one-half mile south of the Antioch church for 36 years, until her husband passed away June 6, 1934.

To this union four children were born, Mrs. Fritz (Helen) Wegand, Howard, Kansas; Wilbur D. MCKirahan, Wichita, Kansas; Mrs. Fred (Betty) Dexter, Abilene, Kansas and Mrs. Allen (Bessie) Forsyth, Howard, Kansas.

At the age of fourteen years she began her active Christian life and became to member of the Methodist church, where she was active in the work of the church at both Antioch and Howard. Because of infirmaties of age, she was forced to retire from particiaption, but her zeal and interest in church activities never ceased.

She was a member of the Berean Sunday school class and the Women's Society of Christian Service. She was also a member of the Howard Rebekah Lodge, No. 154.

On October 30, 1946, she was united in marriage with Henry Beveridge at Salt Lake City, Utah. They resided in Keddy, California for only a very short time because of the untimely death of Mr. Beveridge.

Mrs. Beveridge then returned to Howard, where she resided until failing health forced her to give up her home and she took residence at Elk Manor, Moline, Kansas for the past year and one-half.

Mrs. Beveridge was the last member of her immediate family, having been preceded in death by her father and mother, two sisters and three brothers.

She was a devout and loving mother and was loved by all who knew her.

Besides her four children, eight grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews, she leaves many friends who mourn her departure.

Funeral services were held at the chapel of the Spurrier-Watt Funeral Home, AUgust 4, at 2 p.m. with Miles Henry, grandson of the deceased and pastor of the First Methodist church of Marion, officiating.

Concluding services and interment were at Grace Lawn cemetery, Howard, Kansas.


Prairie Star - September 9, 2009

MRS. WILMA L. BEWLEY

Wilma L. Bewley, 96, of Howard, died Sunday, Sept. 6, 2009 at Greenwood County Hospital in Eureka.

Wilma was born May 15,1913 in rural Elk County, the daughter of Walter and Nettie (Maider) Rarick.

Wilma worked and lived in Wichita for over 30 years altering and tailoring clothes at J. C. Penney's. She was a member of the Countryside Christian Church in Wichita, When not at work, Wilma enjoyed working in her flower beds and gardening.

In 1933 Wilma married Karl Hodge, they later divorced. In 1973 she married Stan Bewley, they were married for 6 years until his death of 1979. After retiring, Wilma moved back to Howard where she lived the past 3 years at Twilight Manor in Howard.

Wilma is survived by two sons, David Hodge of Wichita and Gordon Hodge of Albuquerque, N.M., four grandchildren, Miranda Evershed, Jack Hodge, Ryan Hodge, Chuck Bayless, two great-grandchildren, Tyler Evershed and Haley Evershed.

Wilma was preceded in death by: her parents, Karl Hodge and husband Stan Bewley, brother Edmond Rarick, granddaughter Jennifer Dawn Hodge.

Graveside services will be held Saturday, Sept. 12, 2009 at Moline City Cemetery at 1 p.m. with Pastor Robin Haines of the Flint Hills Assembly of God Church in Howard officiating. Visitation will be on Friday, Sept. 11, 2009 from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. at Zimmerman Funeral Home in Howard.

The family suggests memorial contributions to; American Diabetes Association and may be sent to the funeral home. Online condolences may be left at: www.countrysidefh.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Zimmerman Funeral Home of Howard.


- February 1996

MRS. LOUISA Y. BICKHAM

Louisa Yvonne Bickham, 77, of 1721 Frankfort, Winfield, formerly of Latham and Atlanta, died Feb. 8, 1996, in her home.

Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Saturday in the Latham Cemetery. Friends may call at Miles Funeral Service 8 a.m.-noon Saturday.

Memorials have been established with Home Health Care Service in Winfield and the Atlanta Community Center. Contributions may be made through the Citizens Bank of Kansas or Miles Funeral Service.

Bickham was born Aug. 3, 1918, in Latham, the daughter of William and Nellie (Yarnall) Shaffer. She was raised and educated in the Latham community. As a young woman, she worked in Bob’s General Store.

On July 28, 1945, she married Bruce Berkley Bickham in Atlanta. They made their first home in Latham.

The Bickhams owned and operated Bickham’s Grocery Store in Atlanta for many years. They moved to Winfield in the late 1950s.

An employee of Winfield State Hospital & Training Center, she retired Aug. 1, 1983, following 23 years of service as a medication aide.

Survivors include her husband, Berkley Bickham, Winfield; a brother, F.E. Shaffer, Atlanta; and several nieces and nephews.


Prairie Star - February 6, 2013

MR. CHARLES G. BIDDINGER

Charles Gary Biddinger, age 64, a resident of Howard, passed away Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013 at Lakepoint Nursing Center in El Dorado, Kan.

He was born on March 20, 1947 in El Dorado, the son of Charles F. and Inez M. (Noakes) Biddinger.

Gary was a farmer and most recently worked as a farmer for Industrial Maintenance Inc. Gary was a member of the Howard United Methodist Church.

Gary was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013, at the Howard United Methodist Church with Pastor Charles Cryderman officiating. Visitation will be Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment will be at Grace Lawn Cemetery.

Contributions may be made to either the West Elk FFA Chapter or the Howard United Methodist Church and may be left with the funeral home.

Online condolence may be left for the family at www.countrysidefh.com.

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


Elk County Citizen - November 8, 1905

MRS. ELECTA E. BIDDINGER - Submitted by L. Morgan

DIED:
At her home six miles east of Howard, on Sunday, November 5, 1905, Electa E. Biddinger, wife of Sanford Biddinger, age 51 years, 4 months, 12 days.

Mrs. Biddinger was married to Sanford Biddinger September 30, 1875 and to this union was born eight children, three boys and five girls, of which two boys and three girls survive. With her family she moved to Wilson county, Kansas in December 1887 and to Howard, Elk County in October 1892. She joined the Methodist church when 18 years old and about 5 years ago she withdrew her membership from that church and united with the Fairview United Brethren church. The funeral was preached by Rev. A. M. Bowman, assisted by Rev. Bolin. Interment in Fairview cemetery.
[note: She may later have been moved to Grace Lawn cemetery in Howard as there is a grave and tombstone in that cemetery. det]

Mrs. Biddinger has suffered a long and painful illness. Weeks ago she was believed to by dying, but she rallied and it was hoped would recover. But she was again taken worse and gradually failed until relief came in death. She was a patient, loving and faithful wife and mother and her family is indeed bereft. They have the sympathy of many friends.


Cedar Vale Messenger - November 17, 1938

MRS. IDA B. BINYON - Submitted by Curtis Huffman

Mrs. C. A. Binyon Laid to Rest Monday
Miss Ida Belle Huffman was born in Edwards county, Illinois, Feb. 26, 1870, and departed from her worldly life Nov. 14, 1938. She, with her family, came to Kansas in the year 1881 and located in Chautauqua county where she has resided to the present time.

She was united in marriage to Chas. A. Binyon Sept. 12, 1888. Three children were added to this union: E. E. Binyon, Cedar Vale, Kansas; Mrs. Verina Wells, Moline, Kansas; and Clint Binyon, Grenola, Kansas.

Besides the children Mrs. Binyon leaves nine grandchildren, five brothers and a number of nephews and nieces.

Her parents, Francis and Martha Huffman, two sisters, Mrs. Luella Miller and Leona Huffman and two brothers, William and Edgar Huffman, have preceded her death.

The brothers now living are: Robert Huffman, Lodi, California, George Huffman, Quay, New Mexico; Sidney Huffman, Sedan, Kansas, Charles Huffman, Hewins, Kansas, and John Huffman, Elgin, Kansas.

Mrs. Binyon united with the First Baptist church in her childhood and has been an active member since, transferring her membership to Cedar Vale where she has resided the past ten years.

Funeral services were held in the Cedar Vale Baptist church Tuesday morning at 10 o'clock with the pastor, Rev. Winter Green in charge. Interment was made in Belknap cemetery.


Elk County Citizen - June 8, 1904

MR. JASPER N. BIRD - Submitted by L. Morgan

OBITUARY - Jasper Newton Bird
Jasper Newton Bird was born near Rushville, Fulton {Schuyler} county, Illinois, July 23, 1845. His parents moved from there to Lee county, Iowa, in 1846, coming to Iola, Kansas in 1857. He enlisted in Company E. Ninth Kansas Cavalry, October 19, 1861, in which he served over three years, being mustered out of the service January 16, 1865. He became a member of the Masonic order at Humboldt in '66, later he became a charter member of the lodge at Iola and still later a charter member of Meridian Lodge No. 126 at Elk Falls, of which he remained a member until his death.

He was married April 16, '71 to Miss Sarah Lorance, to this union were born seven children of whom four with their mother mourn his departure. The home of the family has been continuously upon the farm where they now reside since May 10, '71. Mr. Bird was highly respected by all who knew him, honorable in his dealings, helpful and cheerful, faithful to the various duties resting in the many reitations he sustained to those about him. He was a member of Rawlins post of the G. A. R. in Elk Falls. Failing health compelled him to retire from active duty in lodge and post. Months of suffering tell his lot but he bore it patiently knowing that sooner or later he must pass away. He is gone. His warfare is over. His work is finished. We commend his nobility of character the memory of which will ever remain a rich legacy to friends and loved ones. Soldier, brother, husband, father, friends, rest. Funeral took place at family residence, May 31st at 2 p.m., conducted by Elder N. Hill, burial in Elk Falls cemetery with Masonic ceremonies. - Elk Falls Journal


October 1967

MR. LEWIS E. BIRD

Lewis E. Bird Buried Thursday
Lewis E. Bird died Monday night, October 30. 19(37. at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Wichita, He had updergone surgery on September 15. He was brought home for a few days, but taken back on Saturday before his death.

Lew, as he was known, was born November 26, 1887, in a log cabin southeast of Elk Falls. He was the son of Newton and Sarah Lorance Bird. He lived in this area until moving to a farm east of Elk City, and in a short time moved to Independence, Kansas, in 1944.

He was married to Annelle May Redfearn at Independence on July 16, 1934, and she survives at the home in Independence.

Mr. Bird was a member of the American Legion and a life member of the VFW. He served with the U. S. Infantry in France in World War I and was wounded on October 8, 1918. He was the last of seven children in his family.

Funeral services were held Thursday, November 2, 1967, in the Webb Funeral Home chapel in Independence, with the Rev. George Bever of the Christian church officiating. Burial was in the Elk Falls cemetery.


Unknown Newspaper - March 14, 1979

MR. RALPH W. BIRD - Submitted by Dan Durbin

Ralph Wilbur Bird, 61, a resident of Longton, Kansas, died April 14, 1979 at the Sedan City Hospital in Sedan, Kansas.

He was born February 22, 1918 south of Longton to Carl Arthur Bird and Anna Elsie (Neuby) Bird. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Mildred Pearly Willis and Maurine Rita Fuller.

On April 4, 1936, Ralph and Eulalia Emily Dunbar, Longton, were married in Independence, Kansas. To this union three children were born: Carl Arthur Bird of Arkansas City, Kansas, Rita Ann DeLong of Wichita, Kansas, and Ralph William (Bill) Bird of Elk Falls.

Other survivors include three grandchildren; Bryan Shea and Shannan Maurine Bird of Arkansas City and Wesley Darren DeLong of Wichita, and one aunt Grace Sutton Moline.

In January of 1942 the family moved to Bisbee, Arizona where Ralph worked in the copper mines and the family made their home for 17 years. During this time he served in the Navy in World War II.

They later moved back to Elk County, Kansas where Ralph farmed and ranched on a farm east of Elk Falls for the past 20 years.

He was a member of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and also a member of the American Legion at Moline.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 17, 1979, at the Elk Falls United Methodist Church with Rev. Kim Engleking officiating.

Mrs. Wanda Mills was the organist and Mrs. Melba Tindle, soloist, who sang "Beyond The Sunset" and "God's Other Room."

Casket bearers were Neal Osborn, Allen Rothgeb, Russel Rothgeb, Dan Kill, Marion Jacot and Gene Corle. Honorary casket bearers were Bennie Bauder, Francis Workman, Kenneth Edwards, Otis Buchanan and Waldo Gray.

The American Legion Post No. 388 held military graveside services. Interment was in the Elk Falls Cemetery, Elk Falls, Kansas, with the Zimmerman Funeral Home of Howard in charge of arrangements.

A memorial in his name has been established with the American Cancer Society and donations may be made at the Zimmerman Funeral Home in Howard.


Howard Courant - May 5, 1927

MRS. SARAH BIRD - Submitted by L. Morgan

Sarah, daughter of Eli and Sarah Lorance, was born near Seymour, Indiana, March 19, 1852, and departed this life at her home near Elk Falls, Kansas, April 27, 1927, aged 75 years, 1 month and 8 days.

At the age of five years she came to Kansas with her parents, who located a claim near Iola in April 1857. She grew to womanhood in that community passing through the troublesome times of the border warfare attending the admittance of the State of Kansas to the Union, and the Civil War that followed. She experienced the privations through which the pioneers of Eastern Kansas were called to pass.

April 16, 1871, she was married to Jasper N. Bird. They came to Howard county, May 6, three weeks after their marriage and located on the land that became their farm home through all the years that followed. There, their children, Fred, Maude, Roy, Carl, Lew, and Ruth were born. Grace and Roy passed away in infancy. Fred at the age of 15 and Ruth, August 1922. Mr. Bird departed this life May 30, 1904. Mrs. Bird was for many years a faithful member of the Women's Relief Corps. A picture taken of the Elk Falls branch is yet in several homes in the community. All of the elder ones are gone from earth.

Mrs. Bird was a Charter member of Ladonia Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star, Elk Falls, and was elected Worthy Matron for the year 1911. This and other offices she filled right creditably, always standing for the things that made for peace.

In the year 1890 she accepted the teachings of Christian Science, and was very devoted to its principles, to the end of her earthly life.

She was a faithful and affectionate wife, mother and friend.

A very large number of friends gathered at her home for the funeral service, Thursday, April 28. Appropriate music by a quartette, arranged by Miss Esther Arnall, a brief address by Newton Hill, beautiful floral tributes were comforting. Interment in Elk Falls cemetery.


Prairie Star - February 26, 2014

MR. BENJAMIN R. BISH

Benjamin Ray Bish, age 35, a resident of Americus, Kan., and formerly of Longton, Kan., died Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014.

He was the miracle baby and most precious gift from God, born on June 16, 1978 in Independence, Kan., to Darrel Ray and Irma Joy (Hull) Bish.

Ben was a graduate of Elk Valley High School in Longton and a graduate of Pittsburg State University. On July 9, 2005 he was united in marriage to Kathleen Ann Miller in Howard, Kan.

Ben loved life, music, sports, animals and insects of all kinds. He was our Gentle Ben who had a deep internal strength that we all came to rely on and will be sorely missed as we struggle to find a way to go on in his absence. Those happy memories of endless summer days, long drives through the countryside, playing basketball with his friends, singing and living out loud will be the things we hold onto.

He loved his family more than anything in this world; his wife, Kathleen and their two children Kelton David, age 6, and Kaylyn Joy, age 4. They made a marvelous and unstoppable foursome and shared countless memories, lots of singing and joyous laughter together.

Benjamin is also survived by his much-loved parents Darrel and Irma Bish, his devoted brother David Jay Burns and his adoring sisters Gail Burns Aho, April Lynn Burns and Deanna Burns Truitt.

Ben has a large extended family and most everyone he met became a close friend. The world and all God’s creatures lost a truly beautiful person, but God needed someone to belt out a tune and make the angel’s laugh and so chose our dear Ben.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014 at the Elk Valley High School Gymnasium in Longton with Pastor Joe Voss officiating. Interment will be at Longton Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to Kelton and Kaylyn Bish Educational Fund and may be left with the funeral home. Online condolences may be left at www.countrysidefh. com.

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


Independence Reporter - October 7, 2007

MR. CHARLES W. BISH - Submitted by L. Morgan

HOWARD - Charles W. Bish, 88, formerly of Longton, died Thursday at te Lakepoint Nursing Home, Wichita. Funeral services will be Monday at 11 a.m. at the Longton United Methodist Church. Interment will be at Longton Cemetery.

Visitation will be Monday from 10 a.m. to service time at the church.

Memorials are suggested to the Longton United Methodist Church or the charity of choice, and may be sent to the Countryside Funeral Home, P.O. Box 247, Fredonia, KS 66736.

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

Mr. Bish was born Dec. 31, 1918, in Mutual, Okla., to William and Hazel (Roberts) Bish.

He received a masters degree fromn Phillips University, Enid, Okla., and later served in the Army Air Corp during World War II.

On Aug. 8, 1946, in Woodward, Okla., he married Ether M. Buss and she survives.

Mr. Bish ws one of the first guidance counselors for the Elk City and Longton schools, and he was a stockman for more than 30 years. He was active with the S.K.E.D. Development, Rural Water Board, and was a judge at the Elk County Fair.

Other survivors include three sons, Charles and Rober Bish, Wichita and Darrel Bish, Longton; one sister, Mary E. Bishop, Woodward, Okla.; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.


Prairie Star - March 17, 2010

MRS. ETHEL M. BISH

Ethel M. Bish, age 91, a resident of Wichita, and formerly of Longton, passed away Saturday, March 13, 2010 at the Lake-point Nursing Home in Wichita.

She was born on July 13, 1918 in Garfield County, Oklahoma the daughter of C. Robert (Rob) and Bertha (Bayer) Buss.

Ethel graduated high school as valedictorian. Ethel began teaching elementary school in 1938 in Pleasant View, Okla. Her teaching career would last 42 years when she retired in May 1980. She also taught at Mutual and Alva, Okla., and for 25 years she taught in Wichita.

On Aug. 8, 1946 Ethel was united in marriage to Charles W. Bish, Sr. in Woodward, Okla. After their retirement Ethel and Charles moved to rural Elk County near Longton.

She was a member of the Longton United Methodist Church where she was involved with the Bible study group. From November 2005 until September 2009 Ethel resided at Cornerstone Assisted Living in Wichita where she was active in facility activities, embroidery for annual church fund raiser auction and family gifts. Ethel was very caring, desired to not cause anyone any extra work, and always remembered every birthday and anniversary. She was also known for having the sweetest smile.

Ethel is survived by three sons Charles Bish Jr. and his wife Cheryl of Wichita, Darrel Bish and his wife Irma of Longton, and Roger Bish and his wife Linda of Wichita, two sisters Dorothy Creech of Miami, Okla., and Roberta Phillips of Mutual, Okla., six grandchildren Greg Bish and his wife Gina, Matt Bish and his wife Megan, Ben Bish and his wife Kathleen, Jennifer Bish and Melissa Bish and her fiance Jim Lewis.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband Charles Bish, Sr. on Oct. 4, 2007.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 16, 2010 at the United Methodist Church in Longton, with Pastor Dena Allison officiating. Interment was at the Longton Cemetery.

Family suggests memorial contributions to Longton United Methodist Church or charity of choice 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 in Howard.


Prairie Star - January 27, 2010

MRS. MARY E. BISHOP

Mary Ellen Bishop, 87, of Burden, Kan., passed away Jan. 22, 2010, at Winfield Rest Haven.

Born August 17, 1922, in Comanche, Okla., Mary was the daughter of Andrew Jackson and Effie Louise (Purtell) Brown. She was raised and educated in Duncan, Okla., and graduated from Duncan High School.

She married Lyle Franklin Wham on June 21, 1941, in Walters, Okla. To this union, four children were born. The couple later divorced.

Mary and Clinton Ralph Bishop married on Jan. 27, 1964, in Wichita Falls, Texas. They moved with their three children to the Green Ranch in Latham, Kan., where Mary helped work on the ranch and was a homemaker. In 1992, they retired and moved to Burden, Kan.

Mary enjoyed sewing, quilting, fishing, photo albums and cooking for cowboys and family. She especially loved spending time with her grandchildren, taking them to the One Stop for treats, making Barbie Doll clothes and taking them fishing.

Her hushand, Clinton Bishop, died Sept. 9, 2001. In addition, she was preceded in death by her parents, her son, Lyle Franklin Wham III, her daughter, Sandra Kay Wham, three brothers and three sisters.

Survivors include her son, Kyle Wham and wife, Shari, Burden; her daughter, Judy Lynn Wham, Las Cruces, N.M.; 10 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Graveside funeral services were held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2010, at Duncan Cemetery in Duncan, Okla.

A memorial has been established in Mary's name with the Alzheimer's Association. Contributions may be made through Miles Funeral Service, 4001 E. 9th Ave., Winfield, KS 67156, 620-221-1111. Online condolences may be made atwww.milesfuneralser-vice.com.


Sedan Times-Star - June 20, 2001

MR. EARL F. BLAKE

Earl Forrest Blake, age 71, died June 13, 2001 at his home in Dodge City, Kansas. He was born December 17, 1929 at Salina, KS, the son of Forrest Nelson and Olive Awilda Annie (Millikin) Blake. A Dodge City resident since February 1966, moving from Smolan, KS, he was an installer for Western Electric, retiring April 8, 1983 after thirty years of service.

He was a Seaman in the United States Navy during the Korean Conflict. He was a member of Howard Gottschall VFW Post 1714, American Legion and Moose Lodge, all of Dodge City and was a member of the Communication Workers of America Labor Union.

On August 28, 1953, he married Shirley J. Wells at Howard, KS. She survives.

Other survivors include one son, Randall Blake and wife, Linda, Laramie, WY, two daughters, Kathy Sue Evans and husband, Chuck, Dodge City, KS and Cindy Jo Ann Hammer and husband, Max, Custer, SD, one brother, Everett Blake, Hutchinson, KS, one sister, Mary Sommerfield, Marquette, KS, eight grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, Nancy Blake and one grandson, Nicholas Blake.

Memorial services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 20, 2001, at the Bible Baptist Church in Dodge City with Pastor Chuck Evans presiding. There was no public visitation, cremation took place. (Graveside services will be at 2:00 p.m. Thursday at Gracelawn Cemetery in Howard, KS.

The family suggest memorials to Hospice of the Prairie in care of Burkhart Funeral Chapel, 1901 N. 14th Avenue, Dodge City, KS 67801.


Prairie Star - May 29, 2013

MR. RICHARD E. BLAKE

Richard E. Blake, 82, formerly of Sedan, passed away quietly in his sleep Saturday afternoon, May 11, 2013.

He was born in Lamoni, Iowa, on Oct. 13, 1931 to Milard and Ruth Blake.

As a young child he attended many different schools until his parents settled in Moline. He graduated from Moline High School where he fell in love with his high school sweet heart, Carol Dunshee, and they were married Jan. 23, 1952. They moved to Pawhuska, Okla., in 1962.

For many years he was the President of the Kansas Limestone Association and owned Sedan Limestone Company of Sedan and Blake Stone of Pawhuska. Richard loved to fly and earned his pilots license while attending Kansas University in 1951. He owned several airplanes throughout his life.

Richard was an avid fisherman. He fished in Kansas, Missouri, Texas, Oklahoma, Canada, Alaska and all points in between. He competed many times in the Oklahoma Bassmaster competition on Grand Lake and placed in the National Finals. Richard loved children and was instrumental in the modernization of the Quivira Scout Ranch by volunteering hundreds of hours of his time and equipment.

Those who knew Richard admired him. They knew his handshake meant as much as a written contract, knew of his forgiving attitude, loyalty, friendly smile and ardent honesty. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend.

He is survived by his wife Carol of the home, children Dean Blake of Sedan, daughter Cathy Blake Johnson of Independence, Diana Blake Spencer of Bixby, Okla., Kim Blake Christeas of Athens, Greece, and a sister Caryl Blake Bell of Nowata, Okla. He is also survived by ten grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

Cards may be sent to the Blake family, P.O. Box 359, Pawhuska, OK 74056.


Wichita Eagle - January 1, 1921

MR. FRANK BLIZZARD - Submitted by Lori DeWinkler

SHERIFF BACKS CAR ON DYNAMITE

Howard Official Killed by Accident, Believes Jury Investigating Case

HOWARD, KAN., Dec. 31---A coroner's jury here today found that Sheriff Frank Blizzard came to his death as the result of an accident. It was the opinion of the jury that Sheriff Blizzard ran his car over high explosives when he backed it into a stream to wash it. A stick and a part of another stick of dynamite were found floating in the creek, a half mile northeast of Howard. It is the belief of authorities that bank bandits secreted high explosives in the creek bank until a favorable time to blow a bank in the neighborhood.


Prairie Star - January 12, 2011

MR. MERLE H. BLOESSER

Merle Henry "Pete" Bloesser, age 64, a resident of Longton, passed away at his home on Wednesday, Jan, 5, 2011.

He was born in Nevada, Mo., on July 23, 1946 the son of Henry Alfred and Anna Louisa (Keith) Bloesser.

As a young man Pete attended the Adams Public Schools in Kingman County, Kan. Pete was a mechanic and also did auto body work. He also worked for IBP and bridge construction.

Pete is survived by four daughters: Terina Tempielon of Wilson. Kan., Mandi Hollis of Sailisaw, Okla., Shelly BLoesser of St. Louis, Mo., and Sherri Rader of Twentynine Palms, Calif., one sister Carol Lonard of Topeka, nine grandchildren and two greatgrandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services -were held Tuesday. Jan. 11. 2011 at the Church of Christ in Norwich, Kan, Interment followed at Lone Star Cemetery, Pretty Prairie. Kan.

Family suggests memorial contributions be made to American Heart Association and may be left with the funeral home. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.coun-trysidefii.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Countryside - Zimmerman Funeral Home in Howard.


Unknown Newspaper - August 26, 1942

MRS. MAUDE B. BLUNK - Submitted by Dan Durbin

Maude B. Murphy was born near Moline, Kansas, August 23, 1872, and passed away at Lincoln General Hospital, Lincoln, Nebraska, August 26, 1942, at the age of 70 years and 3 days.

She was the daughter of Benjamin A. and Phoebe Jane Murphy, both of whom preceded her in death. She spent her girlhood on a farm south of Moline and was married to David M. Blunk January 10, 1888. To this union were born five children. A daughter, Faye, passed away in infancy.

Those left to mourn her loss are one son and daughter-in-law, Wood L. Blunk and Florence Blunk, three daughters and son-in-laws, Ruth E. Chevalier and P. R. Chevalier, Roma J. Baughan and Le Roy T. Baughan, Muriel H. Francke and Kenneth M. Francke, six grandchildren, Le Roy, jr., Baughan, Betty and Deloris Blunk, Darlene, Sonny and Sandra Francke, one sister and two brothers, Cora Mils and E. E. Murphy of Moline, Kansas, and Spence K. Murphy of Parsons, Kansas, as well as many nieces and nephews.

She had been in bad health a number of years and was seriously ill the last two weeks, passing away at 10:00 a. m. Wednesday, August 26, 1942. The last twenty-seven years were spent in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Mrs. Blunk was a member of the Methodist church and belonged to Temple Chapter No. 271 O. E. S. at Lincoln, Nebraska.

Funeral services were held at the Methodist Church in Moline, at 1:30 Friday afternoon in charge of the Wadlow Mortuary of Lincoln assisted by Chas. F. Rarick of Moline. Rev. C. A. Abbott of the Moline Christian Church conducted the service. Singers were Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Thompson, Miss Alma Finney and Mr. Roy Maxey. Pallbearers were, Joe Walker, Herman Beu, John W. Turner, Lee Bailey, Marvin Mason and Don Murphy. Burial was in the Moline cemetery beside her daughter, Faye.

Those from out-of-town attending the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. P. R. Chevalier, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth M. Francke and daughter Sandra, Mr. and Mrs. Wood L. Blunk and Mrs. Le Roy T. Baughan of Lincoln, Nebraska; Mrs. Mantie Staneart and Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Murphy and daughter of Longton; D. M. Blunk of Stillwell, Oklahoma, and Mr. and Mrs. S. K. Murphy of Parson, Kansas.


The Moline Advance - April 25, 1929

MRS. MARY M. BOCQUIN - Submitted by Dan Durbin

MRS. EMIL BOCQUIN DEAD

Mrs. Emil Bocquin passed away at her home adjoining Howard on the east yesterday at 11 a. m. She gave birth to a son Sunday and heart failure is given as the cause of her demise.

Her parents, Mr. and Mrs. T. F. Laughlin arrived here yesterday from their home south of Topeka.

The babe is apparently doing well.

Mrs. Bocquin was one of the county's best loved women and her death cast a cloud of sorrow over the entire community.----HOWARD CITIZEN

The funeral for Mrs. Bocquin was held at the St. Mary's Church in Moline Thursday morning and interment was made in Mt. Olivet cemetery.


The Winfield Daily Courier - Februry 12, 2005

MR. PAUL E. BOCQUIN - Submitted by L. Morgan

HOWARD-- Paul Eugene Bocquin, 69, longtime resident of Howard, died Feb. 10, 2005, at Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice at Via Christi Regional Medical Center- St. Francis Campus in Wichita.

The Rosary will be said at 7 p.m. Sunday and a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday, both at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Moline. The Rev. Sixtus YeMyint will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery south of Moline.

A memorial has been established with St. Mary's Alter Society. Contributions may be left with Zimmerman Funeral Home of Howard.

Bocquin was born June 17, 1935, in Wichita, to Ruth Miriam (Keefe) and Emil Eugene Bocquin. He graduated from Howard High School and earned a degree in agricultural communications from Kansas State University. He did postgraduate work at the University of Tulsa, Wichita State University and Washburn University.

A field conservationist for the State Conservation Commission in Topeka, he also served as an information writer for the Kansas Department of Revenue and the Kansas Fish and Game Commission. Later in life, he was the agricultural manager of Bocquin Associates and Keefe Associated in Elk County.

He had served as the vice president and historian for the Elk County Historical Society and was a charter member of the Elk County Council for Economic Development, serving several years as secretary and publicity director. He encouraged local tourism through the Friends of Elk Falls Association. Bocquin was a life member of St. Mary's Catholic church and began serving as lector in 1971.

Survivors include a nephew, Kevin Bocquin, St. Joseph, Mo., and a niece, Joan Stephens, Lenexa.


Sedan Times-Star - July 21, 2004

MR. ARLIS R. BOHANNAN

WINFIELD - Arlis R. Bohannan, 88, of rural Winfield, passed away Monday evening, July 19, 2004, at William Newton Hospital in Winfield.

Born on Oct. 13, 1915, in Huntsville, Ark., he was the son of James and Della Bohannan. He attended Zion public schools. His family lived in the Moline and Grenola areas and he helped them on the farm.

He was united in marriage to Gladys Schul and the couple made their home in Wichita. Arlis worked at Beech Aircraft during World War II. He later was employed at Yingling Chevrolet in Wichita as an auto mechanic. He was also involved in housing construction but was forced to retire in the early 60s due to a back disability. Gladys preceded him in death in 1967.

He was united in marriage to Bonnie Gibson and they lived in Wichita for a short time. They moved to Grove, Okla., and later to Sedan. Bonnie preceded him in death in April of 1996.

Arlis met Alice McBride and they were married on Dec. 16, 1997, in Sedan. They moved to Winfield in 2000 where they made their home.

Arlis was a member of the Millington Street Church in Winfield where he was actively involved.

Survivors include his wife Alice of the home; his son Gerald Lee Bohannan and his wife Carol of Sedan; stepsons Ron Gray and wife Terri of Haysville, and Mike Gray of Wichita; daughters Loretta Darling and husband Jerry of Sand Springs, Okla., and Darlene Fees and husband Gary of Leavenworth; stepdaughter Anita Driscoll of Winfield; six grandchildren; seven step grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; and two great- great-grandchildren with one more on the way.

In addition to his parents and wives, he was preceded in death by his sisters Ellen Dorsey, Ethel Hull and Lodine Lyman.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Thursday, July 22, 2004, at Miles Funeral Service in Winfield. Interment services will be held at 3 p.m., that afternoon at Lakeview Cemetery in Wichita. Friends may call at the funeral home from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Wednesday, July 21, 2004. The family will greet friends from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., that evening.

A memorial has been established in his name for the Millington Street Baptist Church. Contributions may be made through the funeral home.


August 28, 1885

REV. JOHN S. BOICOURT - Submitted by Dan Durbin

John S. Boicourt died at his home, near Moline, Elk county, Kansas on Saturday evening, August 22,1885, aged 54 years, 6months and 23 days.

The subject of this memoir was eminently worthy of honorable mention. He was one of a family of six sons and two daughters, children of Thomas and Mary A. Boicourt, and was born in Clark county, Indiana, January 30, 1831.

When John was a child the family became pioneers in the settlement of Cass county, Illinois, near the Berryton postoffice, where the practically pious parents reared their children, in peculiar freedom from the vices which ruin, and all became converted and identified with the church in early life. A well-traveled road passed near the house to a distillery five miles distant, but it was fittingly stigmatized "drunkard's road" and dreaded by the children. John never tasted alcohol, as a beverage, never used tobacco, and never uttered a profane word. His only school privileges were found in the district school, which was taught for three months in the winter of each year, but being the eldest son his attendance was seriously interrupted and early broken off by work upon the farm. His parents, however, wisely kept instructive and elevating books in convenient places, and most of his leisure moments were spent in their perusal. Thus, careful reading and close investigation became a ruling mental habit and made him the possessor of extensive, accurate and varied information. He excelled as a mechanic and had no mean reputation as an inventor, a rotary engine being among the more important of the inventions he patented. When about sixteen he was converted at a meeting held in a log meeting house near the site of the present Garner chapel, in Cass county, joined the M. E. church and became a careful student of the Bible. He soon felt called to preach the gospel, but being exceedingly modest and retiring did not consent to accept a local license and enter the sacred desk until about eight years ago. His first efforts placed him above the average, and he continued to supply the pulpits near him with great acceptability. His knowledge and understanding of Bible history, characters and symbolisms was remarkable, and seemed like an inspiration. As he discoursed of them, the old and the new were before him as a living present, moving onward under diverse guidance to one grand consummation. He saw them in true perspective, and presented them to his hearers in correct proportions and harmonious relation. The thoughtful always liked to hear him. The supreme mistake and regret of his life was, that he did not give his entire manhood to the ministry of the Word.

In 1850, October 16, he was happily united in marriage with Miss Catherine A. Allison, who, with six children, survive him. In the autumn of 1870 he moved to Elk county, Kansas---a pioneer. Last January his health began to break down, and continued to fall until he was reduced to a skeleton and died from exhaustion. He arranged for his departure, dropped into a quiet slumber and at a quarter past eight, as our night was drawing on, the morning of an eternal day dawned upon his vision and he rose above the shadows, leaving to the weeping ones the priceless heritage of a life record that was above suspicion in all his relations. The funeral services were held at the M. E. church in Moline at 2 P.M. Monday. Rev. S. Hedges preached an appropriate sermon from a text selected by our brother about three weeks before his decease: "I am in a strait betwixt two," etc., and brief remarks were made by the writer.

"Mark the perfect man and behold the upright, for the end of that man is peace."

W. C. GOODWIN Moline, August 28, 1885

1910

MRS. MARY A. BOICOURT - Submitted by Dan Durbin

Mary Ann Boicourt Dead
Mrs. Mary Ann Boicourt passed from this life last Friday at the advanced age of nearly 106 years. She has lived at the home of her daughter Mrs. Caleb Carver near this city for the past thirteen years.

She was born in Harrison county Virginia in 1804 and lived in Indiana. Kansas. She was married in 1828 to Thomas Boicourt and was the mother of six sons and two daughters. Her husband died in 1854, one daughter and two sons survive her. Three of her sons served in the Union Army in the Civil War. Two of her sons were in the Methodist ministry in which faith their mother had lived from early life.

Mrs. Boicourt retained her physical and recental vigor until the close of the remarkably long life. She pieced many quilts after her 100th birthday.

She could remember many incidences of her early life was one of rich and varied experiences. She was deeply religious in spirit and faithful to her belief.

The funeral was held at the Methodist Church Sunday afternoon conducted by Rev. a. Cullison and the body was laid to rest in the Moline cemetery.

Such a remarkable life should have a larger recognition in these columns than can be suitably given this week. Next week the story of her life will be given in greater detail and a cut will be used in illustration.


September, 1994

MRS. MARY B. BOLEJACK

Mary Belle Bolejack of Longton, passed away Wednesday, September 14, 1994 at Mercy Hospital in Independence, KS. She was 75 years of age. Mary was born December 26, 1918 at Sun City, KS to Dan Arthur and Lucy Belle (Freeman) Winnop. She grew to womanhood in Sun City and graduated from Sun City High School in 1939.

On April 1, 1939 she married Ernest Albert Bolejack at Sun City, KS. They lived in Sun City until moving to Missouri in 1946. In 1954, they moved to Rosebud, MT where they lived more than twenty years before moving to Miles City, MT. Mary and Ernest moved to Independence, KS in 1976 and moved to their home west of Longton in 1984.

Mary was active in the E.H.U. while living in Montana, and devoted many hours of volunteer work at the Longton Senior Citizen Center. She was a member of the Church of Christ in Howard.

She is survived by her husband Ernest of Longton, three sons, Neil of Miles City, MT, Dale of Huntley, MT, and Dan of Renton, WA, a daughter, April Dillon of York, NE, a Brother, Dale Winnop of Medicine Lodge, KS, two sisters, Dora Mae Kaufman of Eugene, OR and Ethelda Clark of Rosebud, MT, nine grandchildren, and six great grandchildren.

A memorial service was held in the Longton Senior Citizen Center with Clay Markel of Independence officiating. On September 17, 1994. Mrs. Eulalia Bird was the pianist. The congregation sang “Amazing Grace” and “God Be With You.” Cremation has taken place and a private interment service will be held at a later date. A memorial has been established with the Longton Senior Citizen Center. Contributions can be left with the funeral home. The funeral arrangements were made with the Zimmerman Funeral Home of Howard.


Unknown Newspaper - May 17, 1972

MRS. FAY K. BOLES - Submitted by Dan Durbin

Memorial services were held Saturday at 10 a.m. in Watt Chapel, conducted by Rev. Wm. Carr and Rev. Monroe Vaughn with interment in Moline Cemetery.

Fay Katherine Boles, daughter of Jared S. Harding and Clara Beck, was born Jan. 5, 1897 at Independence, Kan. and departed this life May 17, 1972 at Sedan Kan.

The Harding family moved to Oklahoma around 1900.

Lloyd Smith and Fay were united in marriage in 1914 and to this union six children were born.

They moved to Moline in 1936 from Dunlap, Okla. Mr. Smith died in 1937.

Howard Boles and she were married in 1948 and he preceded her in death in 1969.

Her survivors are: one son, Frank J. Smith of Sepulveda, Calif.; five daughters, Lillie Hughes of Ft. Supply, Okla.; Clarice Hale of Moline; Letitia Ross of Merritt Island, Fla.; Velma McCray of Moline and Carolyn Bonnett of Howard; one brother, J.C. Harding of Stroud, Okla.; 18 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren.


Sedan Times-Star - November 2010

MRS. FLORA E. BOLES

Flora Elizabeth Boles, age 92, of Fredonia, died Sunday, Oct. 31, 2010 at Golden Living Center of Fredonia.

Flora was born Feb. 11, 1918, the daughter of John W. and Nellie (Aunbaugh) Noakes. Flora was born and raised around the Fall River area, after graduating from Madison High School, she married Dean Boles on Sept. 17, 1939. They continued to farm and live in rural Fall River. Flora worked several years as a secretary in the insurance and tax business in Fredonia. Flora and Dean were married for 54 years until his death of May 1993.

Flora was a member and very active in the Fall River United Methodist Church. She was a member of the Eastern Star, she enjoyed quilting and crocheting. Flora loved to mow her yard ??? for her pies. Most of all she enjoyed her family and friends.

Flora is survived by her daughter Colleen Robert of Fredonia, seven grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, four great-great-grandchildren.

Flora was preceded in death by her parents husband Dean, son Darryl Boles, sister Helen Shope. one grandson, one great-great-grandson, and a niece.

Funeral services will be held Friday, Nov. 5, 2010 at 2 p.m. at the Fall River United Methodist Church, with Rev. Charlotte Coats officiating, burial to follow at the Mt. Zion Cemetery south of Fall River.

Visitation will be held Thursday, Nov. 4 from 3-7 p.m. with the family receiving friends from 6-7 p.m. at Countryside Funeral Home.

Memorials have been suggested to the Fall River United Methodist Church and may be left with the funeral home. Online condolences may be left at: www.countrysidefh.com.

Services have been entrusted to Countryside Funeral Home of Fredonia.


Unknown Newspaper - June 1969

MR. HOWARD BOLES - Submitted by Dan Durbin

Rites Held For Howard Boles
Howard Boles died Friday evening in the Sedan City Hospital where he had been a patient for some time.

He was born Feb. 20, 1886 at Valley Falls, Ks., the son of Milton and Mattie (Davis) Boles. A resident of Moline the past 25 years, Mr. Boles was employed as a maintenance man for DeCoursey Cream Co. He was a member of the Methodist Church.

Survivors include the widow Faye of the home; two daughters, Mrs. Ethel Hamm of Neodesha and Mrs. Opal Thomas of Wichita; a stepson, Frank Smith of Superveda, Calif.; five stepdaughters, Mrs. Lillie Hughes of Supply, Okla.; Mrs. Clarice Hale, Moline; Mrs. Liticia Ross of Cape Kennedy, Fla.; Mrs. Velma McCray of Denver, Colo.; and Mrs. Carolyn Bonett of Howard; and five grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Monday at the Watt Funeral Home with the Rev. Monroe Vaughan, Methodist minister, officiating. Interment was in the Grace Lawn Cemetery at Howard.


Unknown Newspaper - June 19, 1943

MR. FRANK D. BOND - Submitted by Dan Durbin

Frank Douglas Bond was born near Hobart, Lake County, Indiana, December 17, 1870, and after more than 77 years passed away at his home in Moline on June 19, 1948. He was the son of George Washington and Cecelia (Halstead) Bond.

When 12 years of age he lost his mother and the next year 1884, with his father and oldest brother, J. Y., he moved to Kansas and settled in the Belknap neighborhood. The father passed away when Frank was **?** , after which the two boys with the guiding influences of two fine Christian families of distant relatives, affectionately referred to by the boys in later life as, "Uncle David and aunt Sally Pierce" and "Uncle Tom and aunt Salina Pierce." In this environment the boys grew to young manhood, sharing with each other the cares and hardships of the pioneer life as only two brothers could.

On January 12, 1893, he married a neighbor girl, Hattie Zuck, in the Methodist Parsonage in Moline, a devoted union which continued for more than 55 years. The home was blessed with three children, the eldest, Mabel Grace, who died in infancy. He leaves to mourn his passing a loving wife, Hattie of the home, two daughter, Flossie Mildred and her husband, Dr. J. R. Wells of Pittsburg, Kans. And Jessie Cecelia and her husband, Hubert Horning, of Howard, Kansas; three grandchildren, Marjorie Saniat and her husband, George, and James Ralph Wells, Jr. of Corpus Christi, Texas, and Robert Bond Horning of Howard. In addition to these members of the immediate family, he left other relatives and a host of friends.

With his wife he early joined the Methodist church and was active in the leadership of the Belknap church and community for many years. He helped to build and was a charter member of this church. They improved and made their farm an attractive and friendly Christian home where their family was reared. After more than 48 years on this farm, because of his failing eye sight, they moved to Moline in 1939.

A descendent of an early American Colonist, Roger Preston, who landed in Massachusetts, 1635, he had New England industry and thrift, and with a keen mind he kept well informed with his radio and visits with friends. Thus another milestone, the end of his physical life, arrives, but the influence of his life continues here and in the great beyond.

Funeral services were held from the Rarick Chapel on Monday at 2:00 p. m. with Rev W. E. Van Patten officiating. Interment in the Moline cemetery.

ACTIVE PALLBEARERS WERE: Alfred Custer, Lee Gentry, Jr.; John Horning; Cecil Jones; Roy Maxey; Guy Runyon.

HONORARY PALLBEARERS: F. H. McCormick; Joe Gibson; L.T. Gentry, Sr.; Otis Green; Charles Hall and Oswald Pierce.

Out of town relatives were: Mr. and Mrs. George Soniat, Corpus Christi, Texas; James Ralph Well, Jr., Corpus Christi, Texas; Mrs. John Steele, Wichita, Kansas; Mr. and Mrs. Oswald Pierce, Cedar Vale, Kansas; Charles Hall, Cedar Vale, Kansas; Otis Green, Winfield, Kansas.


Unknown Newspaper - May 1945

MR. ALBERT BONJOUR - Submitted by Dan Durbin

ALBERT BONJOUR PASSED AWAY
Albert Bonjour passed away at Newton Memorial Hospital at Winfield Monday evening about 10:30. The Rarick Ambulance took him to the hospital Monday morning after several weeks in not the best of health. It is reported that he had a stroke of paralysis.

The death came as a shock to this community because Mr. and Mrs. Bonjour were in town shopping and visiting just last Saturday night. Mr. Bonjour was well acquainted in both the Ames Chapel and Moline Communities He has lived in the Ames Chapel neighborhood practically all his life.

He leaves his wife, Lillian and two sons, Gerald in the Navy, stationed in Louisiana and Doyle in the army stationed in Manila.

Funeral services will be help from the Methodist Church conducted by Charles E. Davis and Melvin Booth, Thursday May 3, at 2:30. Interment in Moline Cemetery.


The Moline Review - September 29, 1899

MRS. RUTH (WILSON) BONNEY - Submitted by Dan Durbin

Mrs. Bonney Dead:
Ruth Wilson was born in Richmond, Indiana; March 3, 1848; died in Moline, Kansas, Tuesday, September 26, 1899, at 9:30 a. m. Miss Wilson lived in Indiana until '66 when she moved with her parents to Springdale, Leavenworth county, this state. In '81 she moved to Dedar Junction where in August of the following year she married Taylor Bonney, and in '83 they moved to Elk Falls. There they resided till '92 when they came to Moline, where they have since resided.

Early in life Mrs. Bonney united with the Friends church, but finding no organization of Friends at Elk Falls she united with the M. E. church and later united with that church here by letter.

Mrs. Bonney was a true Christian woman, a devoted wife, and to the Bonney boys, her step-sons, she gave a mother's love and care, and no one more deeply mourns her death than they who owe so much to her tender teachings. With words of cheer for the sorrowing, kind deeds for the sick, she was always administering to those about her who were in any way needy. The high esteem in which she was held was manifest by the large concourse of friends who met to pay their last tribute of respect to their departed friend.

The funeral services which were held on Wednesday, were conducted by Rev. B. M. Powell of the M. E. church of Elk City. Rev. Powell, who was for many years Mrs. Bonney's pastor, paid a most beautiful tribute to this noble woman.

Mrs. Bonney's death was due to a cancer which confined her to her room almost three months. She was laid to rest in the Moline cemetery. The A.O.U.W. and the D. of H. had charge of the funeral.

Her father, Thomas Wilson, who is in his eighty-ninth year, Mrs. L. H. Schaefer of Kansas City, Missouri; Mrs. Jennie Cox of Kansas City, Kansas, and Mrs. Emma Arguebright of Lawrence attended the funeral.

THE REVIEW joins with the many friends in extending sympathy to bereaved relatives.


Unknown Newspaper - January 3, 1987

MR. FREDDIE J. BOOK - Submitted by Dan Durbin

Freddie James Book, 59, died Saturday at St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa, Okla. Services were held Tuesday at the Watt Funeral Home in Moline with Rev. Jerry Quiring, Pastor of the United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial was in the Moline Cemetery.

Freddie James Book was born in Elk Falls, Kan., November 1, 1927, the third child of Clarence J. and Ruby L. (Boone) Book. Fred learned to fish, hunt, play basketball and baseball at an early age. He pursued these sports all his active life.

Fred joined the U.S. Navy in November of 1945, and served in the Pacific area. He was an atomic veteran having participated in the Bikini Atoll Atom Bomb Tests.

On March 21, 1948, Fred was married to Norma June (Horn). They had two children, Jon David and Carol Ann. In September of 1948, Fred started on the job training in the grocery business with Claire Horn at Horn's Grocery in Moline. He continued with Horn's Grocery for 25 years, and then bought the store in 1973, renaming it Fred's I.G.A.

He was a member of the Moline United Methodist Church, Masonic Lodge AF&AF 267, the Order of the Eastern Star of Elk Falls, the Kansas Food Dealers Association and the Independent Grocers' Association.

Fred was a very loving husband, father, grandfather. He leaves to mourn his passing his wife, June; children, David and Lois of Aurora, Ill.; Carol and John Cornett of Conway, Ark.; grandchildren, Mike and Crystal Pinckney, James, Anna and Becky Book; brothers, Francis, Minneapolis, Md.; Dean, Dick and John, Hillsboro, Ore.; and Ed, Belle Plaine; sisters, Louise Richards, Minneapolis, Minn.; Margaret Beiter, Topeka and Helen Kill, Moline.

Memorials may be made to the United Methodist Church, The American Heart Association and the Kansas Arthritis Foundation.


Unknown NewspaperSeptember 29, 2003

MR. FRED E. BOOK

HOWARD — Fred Elvin Book, 91, of Howard, died Monday at Howard Twilight Manor.

Graveside services will be Thursday at 11 a.m. at Resthaven Gardens of Memory in Wichita with Lloyd Zimmerman officiating.

Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society and they may be left with Zimmerman Funeral Home, Howard.

Mr. Book was born July 21, 1912, south of Fall River, to Theodore and Nancy (Caughey) Book. He attended Elk County schools.

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, and worked as a farm worker until moving to Wichita in 1953.

On Nov. 29, 1957, in Bentonville, Ark., he married Lilly Mae Carpenter, and she died in 1980. On Jan. 12, 1981, in Miami. Okla., he married Dorothy (Hileman) Force and she survives.

Mr. Book was employed as a sewage plant operator for the city of Wichita untii his retirement in 1974.

Other survivors include a daughter, Fontella Fife, Fredonia; a brother, Lester Book, Prescott, Ariz.; and two grandchildren.


Unknown Newspaper - January 24, 1970

MRS. RUBY L. BOOK - Submitted by Dan Durbin

Ruby Book Services Held
Ruby Loraine Book, born April 12, 1908, daughter of Adam "Nick" and Kate Costin Boone of Howard, Ks., died January 24, 1970 in Sedan, Ks.

She was married to Clarence J. Book of Elk Falls, Ks., on August 31, 1922. To this union was born 11 children. Her husband and one daughter, Carol Lee, preceded her in death.

Ruby lived in Elk County all her life.

She leaves to mourn her passing, her three daughters, seven sons, twenty-seven grandchildren, five great grandchildren, several cousins and a host of friends.

Her children are: Katherine Louise Richards, Minneapolis, Minn., Paul Wesley Book Gridley, Ks., Freddie James Book, Moline; Francis Eugene Book, Potosi, Mo.; Helen Maxine Kill, Moline; Donald Dean Book, Dodge, City, Ks.; Edward Lewis Book, Belle Plaine, Ks.; Richard Leroy Book, Cowallis, Ore.; Margaret Ann Beiter, Topeka, Ks.; John Robert Book, Minneapolis, Minn.

Funeral services were held Wednesday at 2 in the Watt Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Elk Falls Cemetery.


Prairie Star - March 21, 2012

MR. BERT O. BOONE

Bert O. Boone, age 84, a resident of Wichita and formerly of Moline, passed away Sunday, March 18, 2012 at the College Hill Nursing Home in Wichita.

He was born on July 20, 1927 in Braman, Okla., the son of Raymond Cecil and Elizabeth Bell (McLean) Boone.

From July 1945 to October 1947, Bert served his country in United States Navy. After his service was completed Bert worked for Boeing and other aircraft manufactures for many years.

On July 15, 1966 Bert married Dixie Lee Watkins in Reno, Nev. Together Bert and Dixie owned and operated the Cattleman’s Motel and Maverick Club outside of Moline. He attended the Moline Christian Church and was a member of the V.F.W. and the American Legion. Dixie preceded Bert in death on Sept. 28, 2001.

Bert is survived by one son Richard Boone of Wichita, one daughter Barbara Hellewell of Wichita, one brother Cecil Boone of Derby, and seven grandchildren.

He was also preceded by his parents, two daughters Linda Bollinger and Jayne Stephens, one brother Ralph and one sister Viola. Funeral services were held Friday, March 23, 2012 at Countryside-Zimmerman Funeral Home with Pastor Stan Rumbaugh officiating. Interment was held at Grace Lawn Cemetery in Howard.

Family suggests memorials to the Foundation Fighting Blindness 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


Howard Courant-Citizen - April 26, 1962

MRS. ERMA K. BOONE - Submitted by L. Morgan

OBITUARY -- BOONE
Erma Boone, daughter of Emma and James Kelly, was born in Davis county, Missouri, October 4, 1880, and departed this life April 19, 1962 at the Sedan hospital.

As a small child she moved to Elk county and spent most of her life in Howard. She was married to George M. Boone, on February 15, 1897, and this union was blessed with five daughters, all of whom survive. Her husband passed away December 23, 1952.

She leaves to mourn her loss, her daughters, Alma Davis, Moline; Edith McCormick, Lansing; Leota Bahr, Severy; Ruth Richardson, Klamath Falls, Oregon; Mary Boyer, Moline; also 22 grandchildren, 26 great grandchildren, and one sister, Minnie E. Brown, of Nampa, Idaho.

Funeral services were held in the chapel of the Spurrier-Watt Funeral Home on April 21, at 2:00 p.m., with the Rev. Glenn Epp of the Moline Baptist church officiating. The Rev. Glenn Epp was vocalist, accompanied by Mrs. Glenn Epp. Casket bearers were Walter Boone, Raymond Boone, Merrit Shipman, Mervin Shipman, Millard Shipman and Bill Scott. Concluding services and interment were in Grace Lawn cemetery, Howard, Kansas.


Prairie Star - January 1, 2014

MRS. VELMA D. BOONE

Velma Darlene Boone, age 86, of Derby, Kan., passed away Friday, Dec. 27, 2013. Visitation will be held from 1-8 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 2, with family present from 5-7 p.m., at Smith Family Mortuary, 1415 N. Rock Rd., Derby.

Funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 3, at Pleasantview Baptist Church, 1335 N. Buckner, Derby.

Velma was born Jan. 31, 1927 to Howard and Hazel Estep in Howard.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Cecil Ray Boone; her parents, one brother and one sister.

She is survived by children, Janet (Jerry) Fager, Carolyn (Bob) Eckhardt, Myrna (Russ) Allen and Lori (Russ) Armstrong; ten grandchildren, thirteen great-grandchildren, and one greatgreat-grandchild; sister Juanita Miller and half-sister Pam Hobbs.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148-0142.

View tributes at www.smithfamilymortuaries.com.


Howard Courant-Citizen - December 8, 1955

MR. WALDO L. BONE - Submitted by L. Morgan

Waldo Leroy Bone of Wichita was killed last Friday when his auto struck the railing of a bridge near Oxford, while on his way to Independence on a business trip. He had been with the Long Bell Lumber Co., for many years and was on a routine trip when the accident happened.

Leroy was raised at Longton, married a Howard girl, Mary Barackman, daughter of Mrs. T. A. Barackman of Madison, and the late Mr. Barackman. They had visited here frequently in recent years and many friends in this community extend deepest sympathy to the family. Besides his widow, he is survived by a son and two daughters of his immediate family.

Funeral services were held at the St. Paul Methodist church in Wichita at 11:00 a.m., Monday, after which the body was brought to Howard for final services and burial at Grace Lawn cemetery.


Flint Hills Express - August 13, 2008

MR. EARL L. BONNER - Submitted by L. Morgan

Earl Lynn Bonner, age 55, a resident of Longton, passed away in a hayfield on Monday, Aug. 4, 2008 in the Buxton area.

Earl was born on March 31, 1953 in Neodesha, the youngest son of Carl and Christine (Kilgore) Bonner of Buxton.

Earl attended Greenridge Elementary school (one of the last one-room schools in the area) until it was closed. He graduated from Fredonia High School in 1970 and proudly served in the United States Navy for seven years.

On July 21, 2000, Earl began a life with the love of his life, Sharon E. Nicholson, and they became companions in Elk county. He was a fabricator. Earl was a member of the American Legion and the Buxton church. Earl enjoyed taking walkabouts, looking for arrowheads, being outdoors, spending time at the pond, and chasing Loozer, Foxy and PePe'.

Earl is survived by his companion, Sharon Nicholson of the home, and two daughters: Jill Pickell of Longton, and Joy Suits and her husband Dale "Bub" Suits of Bristow, Okla., two granddaughters, six great-grandchildren, his mother Christine Bonner of Buxton, one sister Vada Joy of Fredonia, one brother Lewis "Sonny" Bonner of Buxton, four nieces and nephews and twelve gret-nieces and nephews and numerous friends.

His father, Carl Bonner, preceded him in death.

Funeral services were held Friday, Aug. 8, 2008 at 10:30 a.m. at Countryside Funeral Home, with Pastor Gene Benefiel officiating. Burial followed at the Mount Pleasant Cemetery.

Memoeial contributions are suggested to the Avenue of Flags and may be left with the funeral home. Online condolences may be left at www.countysidefh.com

Arrangements are under the direction of Countryside Funeral Home, 420 S. 20th St., P.O. Box 247, Fredonia, KS 66736


Howard Courant - June 30, 1921

MRS. POLLY A. BOONE - Submitted by L. Morgan

Polly Ann Hawk was born in Clay county, Indiana, November 30, 1844. She died at her home in Howard, Kansas, Thursday, June 23, 1921, at 7:00 a.m., age 76 years, 6 months and 24 days, after a long and painful illness.

She moved to Wappalo county, Iowa, when six years old in the year 1850. She was married to William Boone, February 2nd, 1860 and moved to Elk county, Kansas, in 1877. Eleven children were born to this union, as follows: Mary Arnel of Fall River, Kansas; Elizabeth Hahn, (deceased); John W. Boone of Belle Fourche, S. D.; Ella Hahn of Emporia; Adam M. Boone of Howard; Etta Boone, (deceased); George M. Boone of Howard; Walter B. Boone, of Howard; Claude N. Boone and Frank L. Boone of Independence.

The husband and father died February 13, 1907. All the relatives except the immediate family live in Iowa.

Mrs. Boone united with the United Brethren church in 1868.

The funeral services were held at the Christian church in Howard, Friday, June 24, at 10:30 a.m., conducted by the pastor, Rev. E. A. Jewett. Interment was in Grace Lawn cemetery, Howard.


Prairie Star - December 30, 2009

MR. JOSEPH A. BORZELLERI

Joseph Anthony Borzelleri, age 69, a resident of Howard, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2009 at his home.

He was born Jan. 17, 1940 in Buffalo, New York the son of Anthony Joseph and Lottie Michelena (Sczymanski) Borzelleri.

On Sept. 17, 1960 Joseph was united in marriage to Caroline Simon in Angola, New York. He worked as a gas supervisor for the City of Howard. Joseph was a very active member in the Howard Lions Club.

Joseph is survived by his wife Caroline of the home, one son Anthony Borzelleri of Angola, New York, two daughters Mary Jo Miller of Howard, and Joanne Borzelleri of Wichita; three brothers Santo Borzelleri, Mike Borzelleri and Sam Borzelleri: three sisters Mary Coss of Olean, New York, Caroline Heine and Antoinette Schlenker all of Angola, New York, eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one daughter Antoinette Borzelleri, one son Joseph Borzelleri and two brothers Anthony and Frank.

Per Josephs request cremation has taken place and no services are planned. Online condolences may be left at www.countryside.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Zimmerman Funeral Home, Howard.


The Winfield Daily Courier - December 30, 1998

MR. CLAUDE S. BOREN - Submitted by Louise Havens

HOWARD--Claude Samuel Boren, 94, longtime resident of Severy, died Dec. 28, 1998, at Howard Twilight Manor. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Severy United Methodist church. The Revs. Kibum Kim and Tony Pameticky will officiate. Burial will be in Cresco Cemetery north of Howard. A memorial has been established with Hospice Inc. of Wichita. Contributions can be made through Zimmerman Funeral Home.

Boren was born Dec. 10, 1904, west of Climax, to Benjamin Allen and May (Holmes) Boren. He attended Para D'Sheen rural school and grew up near Climax.

On Oct. 11, 1925, he married Grace May Preston in Howard. They made their home in the Severy and Howard area throughout their marriage. She preceded him in death.

Boren was employed by the Kansas Department of Transportation for more than 12 years before retiring in 1970. He moved from Severy to Howard Twilight Manor in January 1998.

Survivors include his caregiver, Opal Whittaker, Severy, and her three grandchildren and one great-grandchild, and two friends, Jesse Barr and Senaida Pineda, both of Severy.


Unknown NewspaperApril 3, 2005

MRS. DOROTHY N. BOUDREAU

HOWARD — Dorothy Nadine Boudreau, 86, of Moline, died Monday at the Elk Manor Nursing Home in Moline.

Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday in Memorial Park Cemetery in Amarillo, Texas with Lloyd G. Zimmerman officiating. Friends may call at Zimmerman Funeral Home in Howard from 1 p.m. until 9 p.m. Friday.

Memorials are suggested to the Elk Manor Nursing Home or Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice of Wichita, and they may be left with the funeral home.

Mrs. Boudreau was born on June 14, 1919 at Cushing, Okla., to Otis and Lula (Davis) Weldon. She attended schools in Gushing, Shawnee and Duncan, Okla.

On Nov. 1, 1934, she married Edward Redd at Mooreland, Okla., and they later divorced. In June 1954, she married Arthur C. Boudreau at Tucumcari, N.M., and they lived in Amarillo, Texas where she operated a drapery shop for several years. Mr. Boudreau died 1979, and she moved to Moline in 1980.

She was a member of the Pleasant Valley Rebekah Lodge in Amarillo. Survivors include two sons, Edward Redd, Independence, and Burnett Redd, Black Rock, Ark.; three daughters, Betty Smith, Moline, and Helen Scroggins and Peggy Cariker, both of Marysville, Calif.; 18 grandchildren and several great and great-great grandchildren.


The Sedan Times-Star - April 2, 1980

MR. JOSEPH P. BOULANGER - Submitted by AFOFG

Joseph P. Boulanger Buried at Moline
Joseph P. Boulanger was born Aug. 22, 1914, to William Joseph and Gertrude (Sharp) Boulanger. He died Mar. 26 at Jane Phillips hospital in Bartlesville, Okla., at the age of 65.

On June 26, 1934, he married Lucille Ensley at Pawhuska, Okla. To this union were born five children.

He had been a Moline resident for several years, and was employed as a heavy equipment operator and in later years as an oil field worker.

Survivors include his wife Lucille; three sons, Wayne and Phillip of Independence, and Edward of Eureka; two daughters, Mrs. Joe Corle of Moline and Mrs. Evelyn Laurie of Grenola; 13 grandchildren; and two half-sisters, Mrs. Sylven Hartzler of Yates Center and Mrs. Virginia Breckenridge of Everett, Wash.

He was preceded in death by one sister, two half-brothers and one half-sister.

Funeral services were held Mar. 29 in the Graves-Baird Funeral Home in Sedan. Interment was in the Moline cemetery.


January 1995

MRS. LUCILLE V. BOULANGER

Lucille V. Boulanger passed away Sunday, January 15, 1995 at her home in Moline. She was 78 years of age. Lucille was horn on February 25, 1916 in Washington County, OK. to Herbert Ted and Lettie Lenore (Skinner) Ensley.

On June 26, 1934 she was united in marriage with Joseph P. Boulanger at Pawhuska, OK. and to this union wee horn five children.

Lucille had been a resident of Moline for many years. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Moline and enjoyed singing in the church choir. Lucille is survived by three sons, Wayne Boulanger of Independence, Phillip Boulanger of Brunswick, GA. , and Edward Boulanger of Eureka; two daughters, Patricia Corle of Moline and Evelyn Laurie of Grenola; one brother, Garland Ensley of Great Bend; Five sisters, Neva Bracken of Ft. Worth, TX., Virginia Sims and Retta Kopezick of Plainville, KS., Donna Tannehill of Kansas City, MO., and Gretta Buchanan of Morris, IL.; thirteen grandchildren, six great—grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, and a brother, Edwin.

Memorial services were held Wednesday, January 18, 1995 at the First Baptist Church of Moline with Rev. Glen D. Epp officiating. Mrs. Anna Maye Epp was the organist with the church choir singing "The Old Rugged Cross" and "Beyond The Sunset." The casket bearers were Bradley Boulanger, Mike Boulanger, Donnie Laurie, Martin Laurie, Tolbert Livingston, Don Markam and Scott Sokerka. A private interment service was held Wednesday morning in the Moline Cemetery. A memorial has been established with the Elk Manor Nursing Home Activity Fund. Contributions may be left with the funeral home. The funeral arrangements were made with the Zimmerman Funeral Home of Howard.


Howard Courant - September 14, 1882

MRS. CAROLINE BOUTELL - Submitted by L. Morgan

Died-- At the residence of her son, C. M. Boutell, in Paw Paw township, on Thursday, September 7, 1882, Mrs. Caroline Boutell, aged 78 years, 5 months and 4 days.

Mrs. Boutell came to Kansas in 1878 and has since made her home with her sons, J.A. Boutell, of this city, and C.M. Boutell of Paw Paw township. Her husband, Mr. Samuel Boutell, died in Michigan in 1875, at the age of 75 years, they having lived together as husband and wife 51 years. Mrs. Boutell leaves five sons, three of whom live in Michigan and two in Kansas. The funeral took place at the residence of Mr. Boutell, in Paw Paw township, and was conducted by Pastor Isaac Hill of the M.E. Church of Howard, and the remains were interred in Grace Lawn cemetery, at Howard, on Friday, September 8th, 1882.


Elk County Citizen - July 12, 1894

MRS. JOHN BOUTEL - Submitted by L. Morgan

Mrs. Boutel DIED
Mrs. Boutel, wife of John Boutel, died at the family residence in this city last Sunday morning after an illness of many years duration. Last fall Mr. Boutel took her to California hoping the climate there would benefit her, but consumption had fastened its clutches on her and no earthly force could check it.

The famiy returned to this city last spring and since then, Mrs. Boutel has slowly declined in health and strength till death finally relieved her of her suffering. Funeral services were held at the Presbyterian church on Monday and the body interred in Grace Lawn cemetery. Mr. Boutel and his daughter, Jessie, have the sympathy of many friends.


Independence Reporter - March 12, 2008

MASTER SAMUEL D. BOWES

FREDONIA--Samuel David Bowes, 18-month old son of Aaron D. and Kimberly (Hebb) Bowes of Howard, died Sunday.

Graveside services will be Thursday at 10:30 a.m. in Grace Lawn cemetery in Howard with Pastor Robin Haines officiating.

Visitation will be today from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Flint Hills Assembly of God church in Howard.

Memorials are suggested to Gideons International, and they may be sent to Countryside Funeral Home, P.O. Box 247, Fredonia, KS 66736.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Zimmerman Funeral Home, Howard.

Surviving in addition to his parents are his grandparents, Lee and Gaylene Hebb, Howard; Kathy and Marvin Wolfe, Eufala Lake, Okla., and Thomas and Ruth Bowes, Alvarado, Texas; the great-grandparents, Betty Tudy of Severy, Allice and Richard Bowes, Downers Grove, Ill., and Travis and Lola Foust, Moline.


MRS. VERA A. BOYCE

Vera Aileen Boyce passed away on Tuesday, December 19, 2000, at the Howard Twilight Manor in Howard, Kansas. She was 92 years of age and a long time resident of Howard. Vera was born on July 13, 1908 at LeRoy, Kansas to Harue and Emma Belle (Kennedy) Fannon. She moved with her family to Sedan, Kansas at an early age and graduated from Sedan High School.

Vera was married to Paul A. Palmer and to this union were born two sons, James and Bernard. This marriage later ended. On August 8, 1936, she married Fred Garnett Boyce at Sedan, KS. Vera was a devoted wife and mother and made a home for her family at several locations in Kansas and Oklahoma. In 1964, Vera and Fred retired and moved to Howard. He preceded her in death on October 14, 1979.

She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary of Carter-Rader Post #149 at Howard and she attended the Howard United Methodist Church.

She is survived by her sons, Jim Palmer of Sedan, KS and Bernard Palmer of McPherson, KS, seven grandchildren, sixteen great grandchildren and seven great great grandchildren.

Graveside services were held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, December 21, 2000, at the Grace Lawn Cemetery in Howard with Rev. Kibum Kim of the Howard United Methodist Church officiating.

A memorial has been established with the Howard United Methodist Church. Contributions may be left with the funeral home. The funeral arrangements were made with the Zimmerman Funeral Home of Howard, KS.


Unknown Newspaper - October 1966

MR. KENNETH R. BOYER - Submitted by Dan Durbin

Rites Held For Ken Boyer
Kenneth Ray Boyer, 23, of Moline, died Oct. 18 of injuries suffered in an automobile accident in Wichita.

Boyer was born Mar. 23, 1943 at Moline, the son of Neil and Mary Boyer. He was a graduate of Moline High School and attended Kansas State College of Pittsburg.

His marriage to Janet Harper took place July 16, 1961, and she survives at the home.

Boyer was employed by the Shore and Son Construction Company and was a member of the First Methodist Church.

Surviving in addition to the widow are a son, Douglas, and a daughter, Toni, both of the home; the parents, Mr. and Mrs. Neil Boyer of Moline; two brothers, Gerald of Grenola and Mike of Moline; two sisters, Mrs. Phyllis Hurla of Topeka and Mrs. Pat McAllister of Moline.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Ima Jean.

Funeral services were held Thursday at 10 a.m in the chapel of Watt Funeral Home with the Rev. Anthony Simowitz and the Rev. Miles Stotts officiating. Interment was in the Moline cemetery.


Unknown Newspaper - June 16, 1937

MRS. LIZZIE A. BOYER - Submitted by Dan Durbin

Funeral services for Mrs. Frank Boyer were held at the Moline Methodist church, Friday afternoon, June 18, with Rev. Charles Ruhlen in charge. He took for his text marked scriptures taken from her Bible. John 14, verses 1 to 4, "Let not your heart be troubled; ye believe in God believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also, And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know."

A mixed quartet sang "The Old Rugged Cross," "In the Garden" and "No Disappointment in Heaven.

Burial was made in the Moline cemetery.

The pulpit and casket were a mass of beautiful flowers, showing the love and esteem of her many friends.

Lizzie Alice Horn, daughter of Joseph and Nancy Horn, was born at Richmond, Kansas, April 8, 1876, and died June 16, 1937. She was 61 years, two months, eight days old.

She was married march 16, 1898, to Frank M. Boyer and to this union were born six children, Lis who preceded her in death; Clara Draughn of Independence, Kansas; Margaret Jones and Joe Boyer of Winfield; Neil and Dale of Moline; three brothers, George Horn of Grenola; Ernest Horn of Moline; Glen Horn and one sister Clara Wadman of Independence; six grandchildren and many other relatives and a host of friends.

Mrs. Boyer united with the Methodist church at an early age.


Unknown Newspaper - March 1965

MR. PETER F. BOYER

Peter, son of Peter Francis, Sr. and Josephine Belgia Boyer, was born in New York City, January 1, 1879, and departed this life in the Sedan hospital at Sedan, Kansas, March 5, 1965, at the age of 86 years, 2 months and 4 days.

He was one of a family of five children, of which there were two boys and three girls. He grew to manhood in New York and received his grade, high school and business college training in the New York schools.

In 1915, he was united in marriage to Marie Henrietta Dubbin and they lived in Newark, New Jersey. Here their only daughter, Terese Marie (Terry), was born. Peter was an industrious father and husband and for many years was employed as a motorman for the Public Service Company of Newark. When Terry was seven years of age, she lost her mother, and her father provided a home for her with friends near him. Here she lived until her early teens, when she went to be with her aunt, Louise VonBerg, who was a widow. She attended high school and after graduation attended nurse's training school, graduating in 1939.

Terry was married to Charles Miller, December 31, 1946, and for nearly a year they lived in New York close to her father. In September of 1947, they came to Howard to make their home. The next month, Peter came to make his home with them. At that time, Charles was manager of a cafe in Howard and Peter assisted with this work.

Six years ago, Peter's health began to fail and he underwent a serious operation. Since that time he has been a semi-invalid.

For over a year he was cared for in the home of Mrs. Austin Ham and last September he was taken to Elk Manor nursing home at Moline. Last Wednesday he was taken to the Sedan hospital where he passed away. Peter enjoyed living in Howard. He appreciated the friendliness of the people here and felt that he had real friends among the fishermen who took him with them for an afternoon at the Howard lake or on Paw Paw creek. He requested his daughter to bury him here.

In his early childhood he became a member of the Catholic church, but later in life attended the Presbyterian church with his wife and daughter. He was a kind and sympathetic person, a devoted husband and father, and loved his granddaughter and was very proud of her.

There remains of his family his daughter, Terry Miller; his Granddaughter, Vicki Lou Miller! his son-in-law, Charles Mil-ler; one sister, Mrs. Louise Von Berg of Lake Worth, Florida; a nephew, Col. Joseph Boyer; a great nephew, Joseph Boyer, Jr.; a great great nephew, Brent Boyer, all of St. Petersburg, Florida; a niece, Mrs. Annabelle Cameron of New York. He was preceded in death by his wife, parents, one brother and two sisters.

Funeral services were held on Monday, March 8, at 2:00 p. m., in the Spurrier-Watt chapel, with the Rev. Arthur Frary of the Howard Methodist church officiating. Music was furnished by Kenneth Forsyth, accomnannies by Mrs. Helen Wegand. Casket bearers were Willis H. Miller, Glenn D. Miller, Harold Howell, Rex Armstrong, Millard Shipman and Allen Forsyth.

Concluding services and burial were in Grace Lawn cemetery, Howard, Kansas.


The Moline Review - January 1908

MRS. JANE E. BRACE - Submitted by Dan Durbin

Jane Elizabeth Sutherland Brace was born near Lockport, N. Y. August 6, 1837; moved with her parents to Indiana when 6 years of age; from there to Minnesota when 16 years of age. She was married to William H. Brace April 6, 1862 and lived in Iowa. Seven children were born to this union, two of whom died in infancy. She moved from Iowa to Kansas in 1871, and took a claim near Moline, Kansas. After her husband's death, January 1882, she remained on the farm until about six months ago when she moved to Moline, where she has since resided with her son and daughter.

Sister Brace was converted at the age of 16 and united with the M. E. church though much of her life was spent on the frontier amid many hardships; and though she was a great sufferer for many years, she never lost faith in the Savior of her youth, and there was hardly a day passed but what she read a few verses from her old Bible, and a short time before her death told the writer that Christ was her strength and stay. She departed this life January 10, 1908, aged 70 years, 5 months and 4 days.

She died with a beautiful smile on her face and her eyes looking Heavenward.

She leave five children, Mrs. Alida Jackson, Wellington, Kan; Aiden Z. Brace, Moline, Kan., Alden J. Brace, Lawton, Okla; Alma M. Brace and Anson H. Brace, of Moline, Kan. Besides the children there is one brother and five grand-children and a host of friends to mourn her loss.
REV. LYONS


The Moline Review - July 10, 1908

MRS. RETTA BRADY - Submitted by Dan Durbin

Died-Mrs. Retta Brady, wife of Mike Brady, a former resident of Moline, at McAlister, Okla., last Friday, July 3. The body was brought to Longton on Saturday. Joseph Smith and family went to Longton to attend the funeral. Mrs. Smith is a sister of Mr. Brady. She leaves a husband and a 3-year-old daughter, Ruth.


Sedan Times-Star - June 19, 2002

MR. LEON BRAMHALL

Leon Terrell Bramhall died Tuesday, June 11, 2002 at his home north of Oak Valley, Kansas. He was 69 years of age and was a former resident of Augusta. Leon was born on October 14, 1932 at Mozart, Arkansas to Walter C. and Myrtle Caladonia (Lee) Bramhall. He attended school and grew to manhood in the Mozart community.

As a young man, Leon moved to Washington state were he was employed in dam construction near Bridgeport. On June 6, 1952, he married Marlene Maxine Hammers at Bridgeport, Washington. Leon served in the United States Army from 1953 to 1955, and was a member of the Army Reserve until 1963. They lived in Monterey, California until moving to Wichita, Kansas in 1959. Leon and Marlene began making their home in Augusta in 1963 and moved to a farm north of Oak Valley four and one-half years ago.

Leon was employed many years as a boiler operator at McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita. He enjoyed working on cars and restoring classic automobiles, especially Ford Mustangs. Leon was a member of the American Legion Post #189 in Augusta.

He is survived by his wife, Marlene; his son, Walter of Houston, Texas; his daughter, Tern Coiling of Augusta; his brothers, Gary Hill of Long Island City, New York and Otis Hill of Longton; his sisters, Mabel Taylor and Diane Repass, both of Wichita; and 2 grandsons, Christopher Bramhall and Joshua Coiling. He was preceded in death by an infant daughter and a son, Martin Charles Bramhall who died in 1976.

Graveside services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, June 15, 2002 at the Elmwood Cemetery in Augusta with Rev. Dois Nix, chaplain of Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice in Wichita officiating. Military funeral honors will be conducted by American Legion Post #189 of Augusta. Memorials have been established with the Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice and St. Jude’s Children Hospital. Contributions may be left with the funeral home. The funeral arrangements are being made with the Zimmerman Funeral Home of Howard, Kansas.


July 1995

MRS. DONNA L. BRANDENBERG

Donna L. Brandenberg, 64, of Lexington, NE., died Sunday, July 16, 1995 at the Tri-County Hospital in Lexington, NE., following a short illness. Donna was born June 27, 1931 at Moline to James H. and Alice (Anderson) Adams.

She graduated from Lexington High School in 1949 and married Kenneth A. Brandenberg on June 17, 1952 at Kearney, NE.

She was a member of the First Christian Church in Lexington, the Lexington Genealogy Club and the V.F.W. Auxiliary. She had just retired after working twenty years for the Lexington Public Library.

Survivors include her husband Kenneth of Lexington, NE., her mother Alice Adams of Lexington, NE.. two daughters Brenda L. Bucholz of Overton, NE., and L. Corrine (Corky) Anderson of Lexington, NE., one son George “Bill” Brandenberg of Cozad, NE,, four brothers Bill Adams of Overton, Bud Adams of Winfield, Harold Adams of Lexington, NE., Larry Adams of Virginia Beach, VA., one sister Jeanette Dorner of Omaha, NE., a special friend Samantha Sisson of Lexington, NE.

She was preceded in death by her father, one daughter Debra Lynette, two sister Zeila and Marsha Lynn.

Services will be held Thursday, July 20, 1995 at 10 am, at The First Christian Church in Lexington, NE., with the Rev. Kenneth Fairbrother officiating.

Burial will be in the Robb Cemetery south of Lexington, NE. Memorials are suggested to the Library Large Print Book Program at the public library or the American Cancer Society. Funeral arrangements were made with Reynolds - Love Funeral Home in Lexington, NE.


Sedan Times-Star - April 1996

MR. DANIEL D. BRATTON

SEVERY - Daniel Dale Bratton, 68, formerly of Severy, died April 5, 1996, at Parkway Health Care Center in Wichita.

Services were at 2 p.m. today in Severy Baptist Church with the Rev. Tony Pameticky officiating. Sue Hurt was the organist, and Roylynn Pameticky sang "In the Garden" and "Going Down the Valley." Casket bearers were Danley Bratton, Anthony and Don Gorton. Gene and John Thompkins and Bobby Thompson. Interment was in South Lawn Cemetery at Severy under the direction of Zimmerman Funeral Home of Howard.

A memorial has been established with Severy Baptist Church.

Born Jan. 2, 1928, at Eureka, Bratton was the son of Orville D. and Marie Emille (Barb) Bratton. He attended schools at Eureka and Salina and Kansas State University at Manhattan before serving with the U.S. Air Force.

Bratton was employed by O.A. Sutton Co. in Wichita and worked in construction for many years in the Wichita area. He was assistant manager of Sonic Drive-In at Eureka and also worked for Sonic at El Dorado. Chanute and McPherson.

On Feb. 14, 1958, he married Zeruah May (Condit) Thompkins at Miami. Okla. They lived in Wichita before moving to Eureka in !964 and Severy in 1974.

He became disabled in 1977 and required nursing care the past few years.


Prairie Star - February 24, 2010

MR. LOWELL W. BREWER

Lowell W. "Chick" Brewer, of Howard, age 72 died Sunday, Feb. 21, 2010 at Greenwood County Hospital in Eureka.

Lowell was born on Oct. 24, 1937 in Gravel Switch, Ken., to George W. and Ruby E. (Blackaby) Brewer.

After Lowell was born his family moved to Indiana, where he worked as a heavy equipment operator all of his life and enjoyed his work.

"In 1979, Lowell: married Dorothy Lanning in Howard. They were married for 31 years until his death; she survives at their home in Howard.

Survivors including his wife Dorothy are five stepsons, Billy Jr. and Patsy Lanning of Howard, Richard and Janice Lanning of Liberal, Robert and Kim Lanning of Hays, David and Cathy Lanning of Cherryvale, Keith and Becky Lanning of Independence; one sister, Joyce Bryant of West Lafayette, Ind.; ten brothers, Lawrence and Daphne Brewer of Crawfordsville, Ind., Ivan and Carol Brewer of Crawfordsville, Ind., Warren and Eleanor Brewer of Ladoga, Ind., Marvin and Jean Brewer of Ladoga, Ind., Maurice and Carolyn Brewer of Midland, Mich., Donald Brewer of Crawfordsville, Ind., Kenneth Brewer of Crawfordsville, Ind., Fred and Jo Brewer of Waveland, Ind., Jerry Brewer of Ladoga, Ind., Dale and Judy Brewer of Danville, Ind.; ten step-grandchildren, and 14 step-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and one sister.

Cremation has been requested. A private family service will be held at a later date.

Online condolences may be left at www.countrysidefh.com. The family suggests memorial contributions to the Howard Twilight Manor and may be left with the funeral home.

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


Longton Gleaner - April 19, 1901

MRS. DAISY BREWINGTON - Submitted by L. Morgan

OBITUARY - Daisy (Lowe) Brewington
DIED - At the family home two miles northeast of Longton, Kansas, April 10, 1901, Mrs. E. B. Brewington, aged 35 years, 1 month and 10 days.

Miss Daisy Lowe was born in Adair county, Missouri, March 1, 1866, coming to Kansas with her parents locating in the northeast part of Elk county in October 1879. Here she grew to womanhood and on September 23, 1884, she was united in marriage to Ernest B. Brewington, at Fredonia. To this union three children, two girls and one boy, the youngest being the boy, aged 11 years, were born.

Mr. Brewington moved to this vicinity of Longton in the spring of 1885, where the family have made their home all the time with the exception of a couple of years.

The deceased was an exceptionally fine woman, a loving wife, a devoted mother and kind neighbor, her whole time being given to the care of her family and looking after their every want and need in a cheerful, happy manner. Her kindness and sympathy to her friends and neighbors endeared her to all who knew her and her death is deeply mourned by all. She had been sick but a short time and her death was sudden and unexpected, thus more sadly afflicting the family and friends.

Besides the husband and three children, the deceased leaves a brother, Frank Lowe, a sister, Mrs. Onie Betherd, both of Longton, and a large circle of friends, to mourn her loss.

A short funeral service was conducted at the residence, Thursday, April 11, 1901, at 1 o'clock p.m. by E. R. Sutton, and the remains were laid to rest in the Longton cemetery.


Howard Courant-Citizen - February 19, 1942

MR. HARRY E. BRIGHTON - Submitted by L. Morgan

Death came unexpectedly to Harry E. Brighton as he sat listening to the radio, at 9 a.m., Sunday, in his Longton home and thus was ended a long newspaper career during which he bacame one of the best loved of his comtemporaries in Southeastern Kansas.

A heart attack ended the life of the 74 year old owner and editor of the LONGTON NEWS of which he had been publisher for 18 years.

Mr. Brighton came to Independence from Illinois as a child and learned the printer's trade on the South Kansas Tribune. From 1892 to 1909 he published the Caney Chronicle and in the interim between that and taking over the Longton News was in the newspaper business at other points.

At the time of his death he was a Third district committeeman of the Kansas Press Association and a past president of the Third District Editorial Association.

Politics was a hobby of his and from 1902-11 he served in the state legislature. He was mayor of Longton for 16 years and in 1941 was president of the Third District Lincoln Day club. As county chairman of Elk county he served the Republican party for six years.

The Methodist church and the Masonic lodge, in both of which he was active, also received much of his time.

He is survived by his wife; three daughters, Mrs. Lawrence Clark and Mrs. Clarence Foster of Longton, and Mrs. Marie Shoemaker of Independence, and a son, Hubert Brighton of Topeka.

A brother, Ed Brighton of Independence, and four grandchildren also survive.--Monday's Independence Reporter.

Funeral srvices for Harry E. Brighton were held at the Federated church in Longton, Tuesday aftrnoon, February 17, at 2:30 p.m. conducted by the pastor, T.C. Cocks, who delivered an appropriate eulogy to a useful citizen and neighbor. Music was furnished by a male quartet, with a beautiful violin solo, adding to the dignity of a beautiful service. The body was taken to Independence for burial in the family lot in the Mount Hope cemetery, where the Longton Masons had charge of the services.


December 1965

MRS. PEARL M. BRILHART

Services for Mrs. Pearl M. Brilhart, 85, who died Tuesday, December 28, were held at 2:00 p. m., Monday at Elliott Mortuary in Hutchinson.

She was born in Elk county, Kansas, and had lived at Hutchinson for 57 years. She was a member of the First Christian church, Order of the Eastern Star, and White Shrine at Wichita.

Survivors include a son, DarraL, Hutchinson. - Wichita Eagle, January 3.


The Winfield Daily Courier - September 22, 2004

MRS. BETTY M. BRINK - Submitted by L. Morgan

SEVERY - Betty Marie Brink, 83, longtime resident of rural Elk County, died Sept. 20, 2004, at the Greenwood County Hospital in Eureka.

Services will be 2 p.m. Thursday at the Severy United Methodist Church. The Revs. Bob Ford and Alan Hunter will officiate. Burial will be in Cresco Cemetery, south of Severy.

A memorial has been established with the Greenwood County Hospital in Eureka. Contributions may be left with the Zimmerman Funeral Home of Howard.

Brink was born on Sept. 10, 1921, at Fait River, to Frances Annise (Taylor) and Archie Downs Dudgeon. She attended Fall River High School and grew up in the Fall River community.

On March 14, 1938, she married Jack Carlton Brink at Yates Center. They were lifetime residents of Elk County where they owned and operated a dairy for many years. A homemaker, she also helped her husband with farm and ranch work.

Brink was baptized into the Christian Church at Fall River when she was a young woman.

She is survived by her husband, Jack Brink, Elk County; her daughters, Marjean Jacobs, Howard, Nadene Ervin, Chanute, and Darlene Riggs, Severy; five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.


Prairie Star - April 1, 2009

MR. JACK C. BRINK

Jack C. Brink, age 89, a lifetime farmer and rancher passed away Tuesday, March 24, 2009 at his farm near Howard.

He was born on August 1,1919 in Wichita, the son of Gaylord Ralph and Nellie Mae (Eaton) Brink.

Jack attended Francher Valley Grade School near Fall River, and was a graduate of Fall River High School class of 1937. On March 14, 1938 Jack was united in marriage to Betty Marie Dudgeon in Yates Center, Kan., and she preceded him in death on Sept. 20, 2004. Jack attended the Severy Church of the Nazarene. He was a Fiat School board member.

He is survived by three daughters: Marjean Jacobs and her husband, Henry, of Howard; Nadene Ervin and her husband, Randy, of Chanute, Kan.; and Darlene Riggs and her husband, Leon, of Severy; three sisters: Virginia Powell of Portland, Ore., Genevieve Ebberts of Grand Junction, Colo., and Novella Hale of Wichita, five grandchildren: Jena Jacobs-Garcia and her husband Carlos of Burlington, Kan.; Jodt Sutton and her husband, Charles, of Wichita; Nancy Barker and her husband, Allen, of Severy; John Riggs and his wife, Erin, of Severy; and Kristi Pugh and her husband, Robert, of Andover, Kan.; and ten great-grandchildren.

Jack was preceded in death by his wife, his parents, one brother Earl Brink, five sisters: Ila Jean Brink, Geraldine Smith, Betty Wooters, Atha Perry, and Nadene Marchant.

Funeral services were held Monday, March 30, 2009 at the Severy United Methodist Church with Pastors Dave Warren and Jerry Green officiating. Interment followed at Cresco Cemetery.

The family suggests memorial contributions to Fredonia Regional Hospital and may be left with the funeral home. Online condolences may be left at: www.countrysidefh.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Zimmerman Funeral Home of Howard.


Howard Courant - December 4, 1913

MR. CHARLEY BRINTZINGHOFFER - Submitted by L. Morgan

CHARLEY BRINTZINGHOFFER DEAD

It was no surprise to the Howard people to learn last Thursday that Chas. P. Brintzinghoffer had died at the St. Francis Hospital at Wichita, as his case was pronounced hopeless some days ago. He went over there more than a month ago, was operated on for a bladder trouble by Dr. Basham, the well known surgeon, who at the conclusion of the operation said there was small hope of the recovery of the patient, as the operation disclosed a cancerous condition which subsequently developed rapidly.

Mr. Brintzinghoffer has been a citizen of Howard for more than 37 years. When he came here his wife was but recently dead and he had a little girl of two or three years. She grew up and when sixteen or seventeen committed suicide because of the harsh treatment her father gave her. Mr. Brintzinghoffer was eccentric and contentious and never got along pleasantly with anybody. He was a good mechanic and might have prospered had his disposition been different. He leaves some real estate property but no heirs, we believe, but one brother in Ohio.

The remains were brought from Wichita, arriving here Friday night under charge of M. W. Jones, and the burial took place Saturday, without religious services, which we understand, was the way he requested. He was about 73 years of age.


Independence Reporter - November 8, 2006

MR. CARL A. BRITAIN - Submitted by L. Morgan

Carl Allen Britain passed away on Sunday, November 5, 2006 at Mercy Hospital in Independence, Kansas. He was 41 years of age and a resident of rural Longton. Carl was born on October 12, 1965 at Independence, Kansas to Rodney Carl and Ruth Lorene (Mossman) Britain. He lived a short time in the Longton area and then moved with his family to Independence where he grew up and attended school. Carl graduated from Independence High School in 1984 and he loved to play football, baseball and other sports.

In 1986 he joined the United States Marine Corps and completed training as a military police officer. Carl spent much of his enlistment at sea and served in the Persian Gulf on several occasions. After being honorably discharged in 1990, Carl returned to Independence where he was employed for two years as a correctional officer at the Montgomery County Department of Corrections.

In 1993, Carl enrolled in paralegal studies at Independence Community College and planned to attend law school. He also participated in the ICC football program. In 1995, he and his faithful companion, Paula Vineyard moved to the Oak Valley community east of Longton. He drove a cement truck for Woods Lumber and then delivered gasoline, oil and diesel to farms and small businesses for Cresent Oil, which later became Chandler Oil Company. Carl became self-employed at Superior Tools and sold tools to shops throughout southeast Kansas. He later drove a truck for Anderson Johnson, before recently becoming employed at Energy Quest Oil Company where he drove a water truck and worked as a pumper.

Carl loved to coon hunt and play pool.

He is survived by his mother, Ruth Britain of Independence; two young men he accepted as step-sons, Mike Reid of Thayer and Paul J. Joseph of Elk City and their six children by whom he loved to be called "Grandpa". He was preceded in death by his chosen companion, Paula Vineyard, who died from brain cancer on September 4, 2002; his father R. Carl Britain who died in 2004 and his sister, Cindy in 1990.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, November 10, 2006 at the Christian Community Church in Longton with Pastors David Sanchez and Gary Close officiating. Visitation will be held at the Community Christian church in Independence from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 9, 2006. Interment will be held at the Longton Cemetery in Longton, Kansas. Memorials have been established with the Christian Community church of Longton. Contributions may be left with the funeral home. The funeral arrangements are being made with the Zimmerman Funeral Home of Howard.


The Winfield Courier - March 31, 2005

MRS. IVAH M. BRITAIN - Submitted by L. Morgan

LONGTON - Ivah Marie Britain, 79, longtime resident of Longton, went home to be with the Lord on March 29, 2005, at Mercy Hospital in Independence. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Howard Independent Baptist Church. Pastor Ben Evans will officiate. Burial will be in Longton. Cemetery.

Visitation will be held at Zimmerman Funeral Home in Howard from 2 to 9 p.m. Friday. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7.

A memorial has been established with the Howard Independent Baptist Faith Promise Missions. Contributions may be left with the funeral home.

Ivah was born June 22, 1925, in Oconto, Neb., to Amanda Amelia (Erickson) and John Walter Dewey.

On Feb. 20, 1947, she and Clifford A. Britain married at Fredonia. Ivah was a dedicated wife and mother. She was employed for many years in department and grocery stores and sold Avon and Stanley products. After their retirement, Ivah and Clifford moved to Longton in 1976.

Ivah enjoyed embroidery and won many ribbons at local fairs. She and Clifford were active in Alcoholics Anonymous for several years. Ivah was a loyal and faithful member of the churches she attended and was currently a member of the Howard Independent Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Clifford, who died Nov. 10, 1991; twin children, Debra Kay and Delbert Ray; 12 brothers and sisters, a granddaughter, Jean Marie Bagley, and a son-in-law, Walter Thompson.

She is survived by her daughters, Marilyn Thompson, Elk Falls, Patricia Alexander, Arvada, Colo., and Barbara Courtois, Longton; a sister, Jennie Hohenstein, seven grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.


Howard Courant - January 13, 1916

MRS. LAURA BROADIE - Submitted by L. Morgan

Last evening The Courant received a dispatch from Miss Jane Musick at Ashland, that her sister, Mra. Laura Musick Broadie had just died at her home at that place. We understand Mrs. Broadie was taken sick with pneumonia a few days ago, and that her condition at once became serious. Her father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Musick of Howard, at once went to her, as did also her sisters, Rose and Jane.

The news of Mrs. Broadie's death will be read with sincere grief by her many friends of this neighborhood. She grew up in this county and was one of our most successful school teachers. She leaves a husband and three or four little children, one a babe of but a few months old.


The Moline Advance - April 24, 1930

MRS. JANIE B. BROGAN - Submitted by Dan Durbin

A PIONEER PASSES

With sympathy sincere to the Brogan family, we record the passing of their mother, Mrs. John Brogan, who was born at Louisville, Kentucky, October 25th, 1854. At the age of twelve Janie Byrnes came to Kansas and in 1877 married John Brogan who passed to his reward four years ago. To this union ten children were born, seven of whom are now living.

We who knew the deceased so well, especially during the eleven weeks of illness preceding her death, share in the family's grief. In this hour of bereavement is the fond hope that we may pluck from their memory a rooted sorrow; for Grandma Brogan was ever the friend of the sick, the suffering and the afflicted. In her passing we have lost a dear old friend, a patient and tender hearted mother whose simple and kindly traits will linger in our memories when the moss and the lichen have taken up their silent watch above dear Grandma's grave.

Funeral services were conducted from St. Mary's Church on April 21st in the presence of a large number of relatives and sympathizers. The remains were laid to rest beside those of her husband in Mount Olivet cemetery.

To mourn her loss she leaves seven children and twenty grandchildren.

---Her 7 surviving children were Mrs. Mike Conway, Mr. Tom Brogan, Mrs. Edgar Murphy, Mrs. Joe Conners, Mrs. Ronald Fulk, Ed and Edna Brogan.--


Sedan Times-Star - May 15, 2002

MR. JOSEPH BROGAN

Joseph Leonard Brogan passed away on Wednesday, May 8, 2002 at the Elk Manor Nursing Home in Moline. He was 90 years of age and a long time resident of Moline. Joe, as he was known, was born on March 12, 1912 at Moline, Kansas to Thomas Francis and Sarah Mary (Larkin) Brogan. He attended Pleasant Hills School and grew to manhood in the Moline area.

On April 12, 1942, he married Marjorie Lucine Nicholson at Moline, Kansas and to this union was born ten children. Joe entered the United States Army on May 19, 1942 and served his country during World War II. After returning from the war, Joe and Marjorie lived in Wichita and Pratt, before moving to Elk County in 1949. They moved to Moline in 1961, and remained there throughout their lives. Marjorie preceded him in death on January 27, 1995.

Joe was a devoted husband, father and grandfather In addition to farming and ranching in the Moline community, Joe and Marjorie owned and operated the Corner Cafe for more than 13 years.

He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion Ferguson-Spease Post #344 and St. Mary’s Church in Moline, Kansas.

He is survived by his sons, Gary of Bettendorf, Iowa and Carl of Arkansas City; his daughters, Carolyn Gonzalez of Bedford, New York, Donella Green of Neodesha, Nancy Crowell of Moline, Janice Winters of Derby, Marty Ware of Moline, Linda Sinnett of Lenexa and Dana Denton of Howard; a brother, John Brogan of Coffeyville; 19 grandchildren and four great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Marjorie; a son, Patrick Lee Brogan; his parents and two brothers, Gene and Richard.

The rosary service was held at 7:00 p.m. Sunday, May 12, 2002 and the funeral service was held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, May 13, 2002, both at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Moline with Father Edward J. Steinberger officiating. Wanda Mills was the organist with Sarah Crowell singing the traditional hymns “Be Not Afraid” and “Here I Am, Lord”, and “Love Me” by Collin Raye. The casket bearers were Brandon Brogan, Dan Brogan, Ian Denton, Tyson Denton, Brad Ward, Adam Ware, and Ryan Ware. Military funeral honors were conducted by American Legion Ferguson-Spease Post #344 at Mt. Olivet Cemetery south of Moline. A memorial has been established with the Pat Brogan Memorial Scholarship Fund. Contributions may be left with the First National Bank of Howard or the funeral home. The funeral arrangements were made with the Zimmerman Funeral Home of Howard.


Sedan Times-Star - January 1995

MRS. MARJORIE L. BROGAN

MOLINE — Marjorie Lucine Brogan 76, of Moline, died Friday at her home.

Rosary service was scheduled for 7 p.m. today and the requiem Mass at 10 a.m. Monday, both at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Moline. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery in Moline. A memorial has been established with the Trisha Miller Benefit Fund. Contributions may be left with the Howard State Bank, Howard or Moline offices, or with Zimmerman Funeral Home of Howard.

She was born on Aug. 12, 1918, at Moline to Ray Alfred and Marie (Walker) Nicholson. She grew up in Moline and graduated from Moline High School in 1937. After attending Wichita Business College, she moved to Howard and worked for six years with the Agriculture Conservation office.

She married Joseph Leonard Brogan on April 12, 1942, at Moline. They lived several years in Wichita and Pratt before moving to Grenola in 1949 and Moline in 1961. They owned and operated the Corner Cafe in Moline for 13 years.

She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Mother’s Club, Extension Homemakers Unit and St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

She is survived by her husband; three sons, Gary Brogan of Moline, Ill., Carl Brogan of Arkansas City and Patrick Brogan of Wichita; seven daughters, Carolyn Gonzalez of Bedford, N.Y., Donella Green of Neodesha, Nancy Crowell of Longton, Janice Winters of Derby, Marjorie Ware of Moline, Linda Sinnett of Lenexa and Dana Denton of Howard; one brother, Don Nicholson of Godfrey, Ill.; two sisters, Dorotha Emery of Pebble Beach, Calif;, and Jetta Shaw of Sand Springs, Okla.; 19 grandchildren; two greatgrandchildren; four step grandchildren; and four step-greatgrandchildren.


August 1995

MRS. CORA N. BROTHERTON

LONGTON - Cora Norma “Babe” Brotherton, 68, retired cosmetologist, of Longton, died Aug. 9, 1995, at her home.

Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at the Longton United Methodist Church. The Rev. Jim Mitchell will officiate. Burial will be in the Longton Cemetery.

Memorials have been established with the Longton United Methodist Church and the American Cancer Society. Contributions may be made through Zimmerman Funeral Home, Howard, which has charge of arrangements.

Brotherton was born Feb. 25, 1927, in LaFontaine, the daughter of Don Carlos and Della Elizabeth (Hayden) Fulk. She attended rural school in eastern Elk County and graduated from Longton High School in 1945.

She married Emmett Leroy Brotherton March 15, 1945, in Wichita. They lived in Longton, Wichita, Colorado, Oregon and Oklahoma. She made a home for her family in Shawnee, Okla., and Bethany, Okla., for many years.

She graduated from cosmetology college in Oklahoma City in 1968. After her husband’s retirement in 1970, they returned to Longton, where he died June 13, 1976.

She owned and operated Babe’s Beauty Shop in Longton from 1985 to 1994 when she retired. She remained active in the Longton Chamber of Commerce and the Longton Senior Center and was a member of the Longton United Methodist Church.

Survivors include her sons, Terry Brotherton, Edmond, Okla., and Tony Brotherton, Oklahoma City; her daughter. Ann Valatta, Caney; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.


The Moline Advance - March 6, 1930

MRS. ELIZABETH R. BROUGHTON - Submitted by Dan Durbin

MRS. F. F. BROUGHTON

Elizabeth R. Hamilton was born in Illinois, February 18, 1860, and passed out of this life at Elk Falls, Kansas, February 27, 1930, age 70 years and 10 days. She was married to Frank F. Broughton at Lawrence, Kansas, October 2, 1878. To this union were born five children all of whom survive her. They are Fred H. Broughton of Cherryvale, Kansas; George G. Broughton of Delano, California; Eugene E. Broughton of Yuma, Arizona, and the twins, Charles L. Broughton of Wichita, Kansas, and Mrs. Charles Julian of Moline. There are ten grandchildren.

Mrs. Broughton has been a member of the Moline Christian Church quite a number of years, and has lived a faithful Christian life. Feeble health has prevented her regular attendance at church for some time, and yet she was present at church services occasionally. She and her husband have lived Elk Falls about seven years and have won many friends by their friendly dispositions and they have many friends about Moline where they live quite a while.

Mrs. Broughton leaves to mourn her departure, her husband, her children, grandchildren, one sister, Mrs. Cynthia Westcott, of Los Angeles, California, and a host of friends.

"And I heard a voice saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth; Yea saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours, and their works do follow them"

The funeral service took place at the Christian Church Saturday March 1, at 2 p.m. Music furnished by a mixed quartet arranged by Mrs. J. W. Ransom. Address by Newton Hill. There were beautiful floral tributes and a large attendance. Interment in Elk Falls cemetery. Chas. Rarick, undertaker, in charge.


Independence Reporter - May 20 2008

MRS. ANNA E. BROWN

HOWARD-- Anna Ethel Brown, 92, of Moline, died Saturday.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Elk Falls Cemetery, with Pastor Tim Adams officiating. Zimmerman Funeral Home, of Howard, is handling arrangements.

Mrs. Brown was born April 14, 1916 near Allen, north of Emporia, to Carl and Nora (Robinson) Nelson.

She married Harvey E. Gibson on June 29, 1936 in El Dorado and he died in 1967. She married Milton F. Brown on Nov. 13, 1970, and he died in 1973.

Mrs. Brown was a member of the Moline Baptist church.

Survivors include two sons, Lawrence D. Brown, Eureka and Les Brown, Pratt; 11 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and four gret-great-grandchildren.

Memorials are suggested to the Moline Baptist church and they may be mailed to Countryside Funeral Home, P.O. Box 247, Fredonia, KS 66736


October 1996

MRS. BERNICE J. BROWN

Bernice Josephine Brown passed away Tuesday. October 15, 1996, at Lees Summit Hospital in Lee’s Summit, MO. She was 77 years of age. Bernice was born October 22, 1918 in Alliance, NE. to Robert Oscar and Pearl (Dobson) White. She moved to Kansas with her family at an early age, and grew to womanhood in the Atlanta, KS. area.

After graduating from high school Bernice attended college and became a licensed practical nurse. In 1946. she married Thomas Clay Brown. He preceded her in death in 1994.

Bernice lived in several locations across the nation, and lived the last twenty years in Lee’s Summit, She devoted her life to the nurshing profession and caring for family.

She is survived by her sons, Bob Thomason of Pierce City. MO., Paul Brown of Lee’s Summit, MO., and Duane Brown and David Brown, both of Pleasant Hill, MO. ten grandchildren, eight great— grandchildren, and several additional relatives. She was preceded in death by two sons, J.C. Brown and Calvin Brown.

Graveside services were held Saturday, October 19, 1996, at Greenlawn Cemetety in Grenola, KS. with Rev. Wallace Wartick of the Grenola Christian Church officiating. A memorial has been established with the Grenola Christian Church. Contributions may he left with the funeral home. The funeral arrangements were made with the Zimmerman Funeral Home of Howard.


Countryside Funeral Home - October 11, 2010

MRS. DONNA M. BROWN - Submitted by Jerry & Sheryl Jackson

Donna M. Brown, age 72, a resident of Howard, Kansas passed away Monday, October 11, 2010 at the Kansas Medical Center in Andover, Kansas. She was born on May 30, 1938 at Union Center Township in Elk County Kansas the daughter of Glenn Harmon and Viola May (Lauffer) Chamberlain.

Donna was a graduate of Severy High School. On June 5, 1960 Donna was united in marriage to J.D. Brown in Howard, Kansas and they later divorced. Donna worked as Deputy District Court Clerk in Elk County and retired on December 31, 2005. She was very active in 4–H as a young girl. Donna became a 4-H leader and project leader as her children went through 4-H and continued to be active in 4-H with her grandson Anthony as a sheep leader. She loved living on her farm in the flint hills.

She is survived by her mother Viola Chamberlain of Howard, Kansas, one son Duane Brown of Moore, Montana, three daughters: Dawn Brumley of Ponca City, Oklahoma, Teresa Beitz of Howard, Kansas and Paula Hensley of Newkirk, Oklahoma, one brother Dale Chamberlain of Severy, Kansas and three grandchildren: Joshua Grizzle, Jessica Hensley and Anthony Beitz. Donna was preceded in death by her father Glenn Chamberlain and grandson Donnie Glenn Hensley.

Graveside funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM Friday, October 15, 2010 at Grace Lawn Cemetery in Howard with Rev. Charles Cryderman officiating. Visitation will be held Thursday from 4 to 7 pm with family receiving friends from 5 to 7 pm at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers family request contributions be made to Flint Hills Boosters 4–H Club or Elk County Ambulance 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 Countryside - Zimmerman Funeral Home in Howard, Kansas.


Elk County Citizen - February 4, 1903

MR. JAMES H. BROWN - Submitted by L. Morgan

James H. Brown died at his home six miles west of Howard on Tuesday, January 27th, 1903, after an illness of but a few days.

He had been a resident of this county since 1883 and was one of our most highly respected citizens. He was born at White Hall, Indiana, March 18th, 1828 and lived there until 1882 when he removed to LaBette county, this State.

In 1852 he was married to Cynthia Harrah, who died two years later leaving a son, Charles, who also died at seventeen years of age. In 1859 he was married to Eliza Raper and of this marriage there were born eight chidren among them being A.L. Brown and Mrs. A.O. Perry of this city. He was always a faithful and consistent member of the Presbyterian church having been reared in the old Seceeder church, one of the denominatins out of which the United Presbyterian grew.

The family, friends, and community have lost one whose life was inspiring in its simplicity, honesty and uprightness, and its unselfish devotion to those he loved. The remains were taken to White Hall, Indiana, and laid away in the old cemetery near his birthplace and where are buried his father, mother and all his friends who have gone before.


Sedan Times-Star - July 16, 2003

MR. JIMMIE BROWN

Jimmie C. “J.C.” Brown, of Garland, Texas, died while on a vacation trip to Alaska on June 30, 2003. He was buried in Restland Cemetery in Dallas, Texas on July 3, 2003.

J. C. was born to Aaron Merle and Lela (Steward) Brown on Sept. 18, 1941 in Grenola, Kan.

J. C. grew up in Sedan and graduated from Sedan High School and Coffeyville Junior College.

He is survived by his wife, Janis (Simpson) Brown, two children, Jay Kevin Brown and his wife, Jenny, Jana Lynn (Brown) Pearcy and her husband, Don, and granddaughter, Jordan Pearcy, one sister, Janice Herndon, Garland, Texas and an aunt and uncle, Mr. and Mrs. Howard Stephens, Sedan, Kan.


Prairie Star - March 10, 2010

MR. WILLIAM E. BROWN

William Eugene "Bill" Brown, age 75, passed away Friday, March 5, 2010 at Via Christi St. Francis Hospital in Wichita.

He was born on Sept. 23, 1934 in Reed Springs, Mo., the son of William and Ethylene (Collins) Brown. On Nov. 15, 1954 Bill was united in marriage to Florence Irene Heath in Humboldt, Kan. Over the years Bill worked in the oil fields, railroads and water department in Kansas City.

He was a member of the Severy Baptist Church, American Legion Post #50 in Eureka, National Rifle Association and Police Association. Bill also enjoyed being a storm watcher.

Bill is survived by his wife Florence Irene Brown of the home, one daughter Joy Brown of Severy, two sons Gene Brown of Severy, and Joe Brown of Eureka, three brothers John Kent Watson of Winslow, Ariz., Richard Lynn Watson of Stockton, Mo., and Steven Phillip Watson of Colony, Kan., two sisters Estella Ann Robinson of Piedmont, and Ethylene Stephens of Emporia, three grandchildren Derrick Brown, Brittnay Watkins and Dylan Brown, one great-granddaughter Jewel Watkins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one son Virgil Brown, four brothers: Fred D. Watson, Jerry Joseph Watson, Gary Keith Watson and Ronnie Lyle Watson, one sister Francis Martin and one grandson Pete Brown.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 9, 2010 at the Severy Baptist Church with the Rev. Tony Pameticky officiating. Interment was at South Lawn Cemetery in Severy.

Family suggests contributions to the American Diabetes Association 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. Howard.


Howard Courant - July 7, 1932

MRS. SARAH E. BRUCE - Submitted by L. Morgan

DEATH OF PIONEER WOMAN
At Near Ninety Years Of Age, Mrs. Thomas Bruce Passed Away Last Friday

The many friends of the Bruce family in this community heard with sorrow of the death of Mrs. Sarah E. Bruce, last Friday, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Maud Bruce Burchfield, at Independence.

The Bruce's were pioneers of Howard. Thomas Bruce coming here from Kentucky to engage in mercantile business late in 1874, his wife and four young children coming a few months later, early in '75. Three younger children were born here. Mr. Bruce established a general store in a building on Wabash, which stood where the Moon-Gill store and the Winn Market now stand. Two years later he bought and moved into the then new stone building now occupied by the Allen Cafe and for 30 years continued in business. In the eighties or early nineties the Bruce's built the beautiful residence now the home of the T. J. McKinney family, and for years this was one of the most hospitable homes in Howard, and as their children grew up, became the rallying place of the young people of the community. Mrs. Sallie Bruce loved company and was especially friendly to the young crowds. The first piano owned in Howard was bought for Nellie Bruce about the time she entered her teens. All the Bruce children were musical, the girls playing the piano and singing, the boys becoming players in the town band.

Mr. Bruce passed away in 1909. Mrs. Bruce continuing to live here until her children went to homes of their own, when about ten years ago she went to Wichita where two or three of her daughters lived, and where she stayed until a few months ago, she went to the home of her daughter, Mrs. U. D. Burchfield at Independence, where she was tenderly cared for until the end came. She retained her strength and mental faculties to a remarkable degree until comparatively recently, though she became almost totally blind two or three years ago.

Mrs. Bruce was greatly beloved and honored by her children, and affectionately regarded and esteemed by all who knew her.

The remains were brought to Howard and funeral services were held at the Presbyterian church, Sunday afternoon at 4 o'clock, conducted by A. R. Griggs. Mrs. A. T. Ayres sang a beautiful solo with Mrs. Griggs at the piano. Burial was in Grace Lawn cemetery in the Bruce family plot.

The following obituary was read at the funeral service:
Mrs. Sarah Ellen Bruce, (maiden name Howard) was born in South Carrolton, Kentucky, September 28, 1842 and passed away July 1, 1932, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. U. B. Burchfield, at Independence, Kansas.

She was united in marriage with Thomas Bruce in Kentucky, in 1865, and came to Howard, Kansas, with her husband in 1875, where she lived until about ten years ago and where her husband passed away in 1909. About ten years ago, Mrs. Bruce moved from Howard to Wichita, to be nearer to her married daughters and lived in that city until within the last few months, when owing to failing health she went to the home of her daughter, Mrs. Burchfield at Independence, where she passed away last Friday.

Mrs. Bruce united with the M. E. church at the age of 16 years.

She is survived by three daughters; Mrs. H. C. Rush, Winfield, Kansas; Mrs. U.D. Burchfield, Independence, Kansas; Mrs. J. B. Markham, Wichita, and two sons; Henry C. Bruce, Kansas City, Missouri; and Dr. O. C. Bruce, Arthur, Illinois. Also surviving her are five grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Two daughters preceded her in death.


Prairie Star - February 22, 2012

MR. FRANK L. BRUNER

Frank Leroy Bruner, age 89, a long time resident of Moline, passed away Friday, Feb. 17, 2012 at the Good Samaritan Village in Winfield.

He was born on May 9, 1922 in Moline, the son of Andrew Frank and Minnie (Horning) Bruner.

At a young age Frank took over the family farm operation after the death of his father. Frank would care for his farming and ranching operation until his health no longer permitted in 1999.

On Dec. 24,1943 he was united in marriage to Darlene Winifred Van Buskirk in Moline. Frank and Darlene enjoyed square dancing. He loved kids and was known as a man that would do anything for his neighbors.

Frank is survived by three sons, Rod Bruner and Alan Bruner, both of Moline, and Perry Bruner of Ponca City, Okla.,two sisters, Betty Hornbuckle of Howard and Mary Thiessen of Hutchinson, one brother, George Bruner of El Dorado, two grandchildren, Jessica Abel and her husband John of Olympia, Wash., and Josh Bruner of Stillwater, Okla., attending OSU and one great-grandson Braden Abel of Olympia, Wash.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife Darlene.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Feb. 22, at 10:30 a.m. at Countryside-Zimmerman Funeral Home in Howard, with Pastor Dena Allison officiating. Interment will be at Moline Cemetery.

Family suggests memorials to the Rivercross Hospice or Moline United Methodist 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 Countryside - Zimmerman Funeral Home in Howard.


Sedan Times-Star - December 12, 2001

MRS. DARLENE WINIFRED BRUNER

Darlene Winifred Bruner passed away on Saturday, December 8, 2001 at the William Newton Memorial Hospital in Winfield, Kansas. She was 77 years of age and a long time resident of Moline. Darlene was born on January 12, 1924 at Busby, Kansas to Harold and Winifred Etta (Sprague) Van Buskirk.

Her parents separated when Darlene was a young child and her mother remained in the Busby community where she supported Darlene and Darlene's sister, Mary "Jill" Florene, by teaching and working in the general store owned by Darlene's grandparents, Perry and Flora Sprague. Darlene attended school and grew up in the Busby community.

Darlene's early years were intertwined with various people of many different cultures, who mostly were recent immigrants from Europe. She was a good student and was active in the Busby 4-H Club and local school programs. Darlene enjoyed music and played the piano, as well as the violin.

When Darlene and her sister were ready for high school, her mother moved the family into Longton, Kansas where they lived with Darlene's aunt and uncle, Eunice and George Dame and their family. After graduating from Longton High School, Darlene enrolled in a teacher training program at Kansas State Teachers College in Pittsburg, Kansas. She earned a teaching certificate and returned to Elk County to teach in rural schools near Moline and later taught elementary school and music in the Moline Grade School.

On December 24, 1943, she married Frank Leroy Bruner at Moline, Kansas. She continued to teach in the Moline school system and returned to college several times to enhance her teaching skills. At Peabody College in Tennessee, Darlene qualified as a special consultant in visual and auditory learning programs for the handicapped. Following this training, she served as a consultant teacher for the perceptually handicapped in the Butler county schools. She tirelessly fought battles for the rights of the children she served, and found ways to obtain equipment and funding for their programs.

Darlene completed her bachelor's degree at Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas in 1965. Ill health caused her to retire from teaching, but she continued to be an active and much-loved member of the Moline community for many years. In recent years, Darlene and Frank lived at the Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Winfield, to be near medical care.

She was a member of the Delta Kappa Gamma honorary teachers' sorority; the Kansas State Teachers Association and the National Education Association. Darlene was along time member of the Moline United Methodist Church.

She is survived by her husband, Frank; her sons, Rod and Alan, both of Moline and Perry of Ponca City, Oklahoma; her daughter-in-law, Tamra Bruner of Ponca City; Oklahoma; two grandchildren, Jessica and Joshua and two step-grandchildren, Camilo and Nicolas.

Funeral services were held at 11:00 am. Wednesday, December 12, 2001, at the Moline United Methodist Church with Rev. Gary Parsons officiating.

Wanda Mills was the organist with the West Elk High School Chorus singing "Away In A Manger' and "Ava Maria". The casket bearers were Virgil Carter, John Clark, Jim Dixon, Harold McCreight, Kenneth Walker and Steve Walker. Interment was held in the Moline Cemetery.

Memorials have been established with the Moline United Methodist Church and Hospice, Inc. of Wichita. Contributions may be left with the funeral home. The funeral arrangements were made with the Zimmerman Funeral Home of Howard.


Sedan Times-Star - June 10, 2007

MRS. NELLIE E. BRUNER

Nellie Elma Bruner of Fountain Valley, Calif., formerly of Elk County, died June 10, 2007. She was 99 years of age, just three months short of being 100.

Nell was born on Aug. 26, 1907, at Westphalia, Coffee County, Kan., to Fred and Nettie “Birdie” (Keller) Clark. The third of seven children, she grew up on a farm west of Moline. She attended Star Neighborhood Elementary School and Moline High School and was a member of the Church of the United Brethren in Christ.

Nell married Beryl Kenneth Bruner of Sedan, March 14, 1928 in Oxford, Kan. They lived and worked on the Bill Killpatrick farm east of Howard. In the fall of 1939 they moved to Los Angeles, Calif. Beryl was employed at Douglas Aircraft and later for Standard Oil. Nell worked in the upholstering department for Douglas Aircraft in Santa Monica, Calif., during World War II, and later she worked for the Santa Monica School System as the Cafeteria Supervisor. They did not have any children, but were very close to their nieces and nephews.

Later they moved to Huntington Beach, Calif., where they both loved to work in their garden growing flowers and vegetables. In retirement Beryl had a lawn care service for many years and together they enjoyed traveling around the country in their trailer with a camping club. They were married for more than 64 years.

Nell was a loyal member of the United Methodist Church in Huntington Beach, Calif. Nell was active sewing and working in her church bazaar into her 90s.

Beryl passed away June 28, 1993 at the age of 84 and for the past several years Nell has been living in an assisted care home in Fountain Valley, Calif.

Nell is survived by two sisters-in-law, Maxine (Gibbons) Clark of Bella Vista, Ark., and Mildred (Zoilman) Clark of Grass Valley, Calif., one brother-in-law, Norman Steele of Topeka, eight nieces and nephews, Charles Clark of Cedar Park, Texas, Jack and Voncille Stegehnan of Catoosa,Okla., Rita and Jim Rush of Scottsdale, Ariz., Cheryl Elaine McNulty of Redondo Beach, Calif., Robert Clark of Aspen, Colo., Diana and John Dzioba of Auburn, Calif., Karen and Gary Shaw of Pacific Palisades, Calif., and Kimberly and Brad Agnew of Wichita and numerous great and great-great nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, her brothers and sisters, Arch Clark, Faye Stegelman, Alice Steele, Dorothy Roy, Roy Clark and Albert Clark and by her nephew Rodney McGonagle.

Gravéside memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 23, 2007 at the Moline Cemetery in Moline, with Kevin Clark officiating. Memorial services in California were held earlier at the Community United Methodist Church in Huntington Beach. A memorial has been established with the Community United Methodist Church, Foundation Fund, 6652 Heil Avenue, Huntington Beach, CA 92647. Contributions may also be left wjth the funeral home. The funeral arrangements are being made with the Zimmerman Funeral Home of Howard.


August 1992

MR. CHARLES K. BRUTON

Charles K. Bruton, 78, of Midland, Texas, died Sunday, August 23, 1992 at a Midland nurshing home following a lengthy illness.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, August 26, 1992 at 2:00 p.m. in the Thomas Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery under the direction of Bill C. Thomas Funeral Home

He was born November 9, 1913 in Elk County, KS. He was the youngest son of Addington and Mary Ellen Bruton. He attended rural school, then graduated from Severy Rural High School in 1931 in Kansas. He raised cattle and farmed for several years.

He married Mary L. Faulkner on October 24, 1945. He worked for A. C. Houston Lumber Company in Wichita in 1949. He moved to Midland, Texas in the summer of 1950. He, his brother, Addington, and Loren Henderson established Home Lumber Company of Midland, TX. He was part owner and worked until it was sold in 1981 when he retired.

He was past Master of the Severy, Kansas Masonic Lodge and was a member, of Suez Temple; Midland Shrine Club and York Right Masons. He was a volunteer member of the Boy Scouts for 30 years.

Survivors include: his wife, Mary of Midland, TX.; two sons, Thomas K. Bruton of Midland, TX., and Bradford J. Bruton of Washington, D.C.; one brother, Addington Bruton of Midland, TX.; two sisters, Vera E. Henderson of Roswell, NM. and Edna M. Snowden of Moline and three grandchildren. The family requests that memorials be directed to Hospice of Midland, P.O. Box 2621, Midland, TX., the Boy Scouts of America in Midland, TX., or a Church of your choice.


Prairie Star - May 9, 2012

MR. ALTON L. BRYAN

Alton LeRoy Bryan, 88, of Wichita, passed away Tuesday, May 1. Funeral services were held Monday, May 7 at Broadway Mortuary in Wichita.

He was preceded death by his wife Velma and one son, Ricky.

Survivors include his children, Gary, Larry, Randy, Marsha, and Martha Bryan; grandchildren, Dane, Alicia and Casey; and five great-grandchildren.

Memorials are requested to the Moline High School Alumni Scholarship Fund. Share condolences at www.cozinememorial.com. Services are entrusted to Broadway Mortuary of Wichita.


Howard Courant-Citizen - April 7, 1966

MR. BROOKS BRYAN - Submitted by L. Morgan

Brooks C. Bryan, son of Paul F. and Ruth Bryan was born November 22, 1911, near Otto, Kansas, and passed from this life at St. Joseph's hospital, Wichita, Kansas, Monday, March 28, 1966.

In 1932 he was united in marriage to Sarah Miller. They were the parents of three children, Nella Ruth Hartley, Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Linda Marie Nighswonger, Wichita, Kansas and Paul Edward Bryan, a student at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

In the early years of his manhood he was employed by the Phillips Petroleum Company. He later ranched in Cowley county and in 1946 moved to Howard, where he was in business.

In 1959 he moved to Farmington, New Mexico, where he was associated with the Ford Motor Company. He resided there for five years.

He returned to Howard in 1961. He was employed by the John Moss Ford Company, Derby, Kansas, and engaged in the cattle business until the time of his death.

Brooks served in many capacities in the communities where he lived. He was an active member of the Methodist church. He served as the Range Supervisor for the Triple A of Cowley county. He was past president of the Howard Rotary Club. He was a Master Mason of Dexter Lodge No. 156 and a 32nd Degree member in good standing of the wichita Consistory. He was also a member of the Maple City Odd Fellow lodge, and had filled all the officers chairs. He further served the Howard community as a director of the Howard National Bank.

He is survived by his wife, three children; eight grandchildren; his mother; a brother; Don G. Bryan, Pittman, Nevada; two sisters, Mrs. Robert L. Sharp, Roseburg, Oregon, and Mrs. R.R. Yacconi of Mulvane, Kansas; many cousins, nephews and nieces.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, March 31, at 2:00 p.m. at the First Methodist church at Howard, with Arthur Frary officiating. Music was furnished by the boy's quartette, composed of Charles Forsyth, Joe Hebb, Stephen Miller and Danny Parker. Organist was Mrs. Virginia Denton. Graveside rites were conducted by Dexter Lodge No. 156, A.F. & A.M., of the Masonic Order at the Maple City cemetery. Arrangements by Spurrier-Watt Funeral Home, Howard.


Sedan Times-Star - November 23, 2005

MR. JOHN J. BRYAN

SEDAN, Kan. - John J. Bryan, 68, of Sedan died Sunday, Nov. 13, 2005, at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, Kan.

He was born Dec. 24, 1936, in Moline, Kan. to John H. and Olive (Miller) Bryan.

He is survived by his wife, Winifred Bryan, Sedan; a daughter, Judith and her husband, John McCormick; a son, Daniel; three grandchildren, Jackie and Joanna McCormick and Dani Ann Bryan; two sisters, Goldie Taylor and Sarah Mae Byard; several nieces and nephews, and numerous family and friends.

Cremation has taken place and a private service will be held at a later date.

The family has suggested memorials to your favorite charity in memory of John Bryan. Arrangements are under the direction of the David W. Barnes Funeral Home of Sedan.


Prairie Star - July 18, 2012

MR. MARABLE BRYAN

Marable Bryan, age 87, a resident of Moline, passed away Friday, July 13, 2012, at home. He was born on Sept. 2, 1924 in Guthrie, Ken., the son of Henry Chesterfield and Ruth King (Marable) Bryan.

On Dec. 23, 1949, Marable was united in marriage to Virginia Ferry in Hopkinsville, Ken. Marable worked for many years for Martin Marietta Rock Quarry and retired as a superintendent.

He was a member of the First Christian Church in Moline and a 60 year member of the Masonic Lodge and a 53 year member of the Order of Eastern Star.

Marable is survived by one son Steven Bryan and his wife Lyneva of Herington, Kan., two daughters Pamela Bryan of LeRoy, Kan., and Peggy Weaver and her husband Glennis of Moline, one sister Margaret Westerman of Guthrie, Ken., and three grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Virginia on Dec. 15, 2011, one brother H.C. Bryan, Jr. and three sisters; Pauline McCormick, Chester Lee Cain and Joan Campbell.

Funeral services were held Monday, July 16, 2012 at the Countryside-Zimmerman Funeral Home in Howard with Pastor Gary Boles officiating. Interment will be at Moline Cemetery.

Family suggests contributions be made to the Wichita Humane Society or the American Cancer Society 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 Countryside - Zimmerman Funeral Home in Howard.


Unknown Newspaper - July 1970

MRS. RACHEL BRYAN - Submitted by Dan Durbin

Mrs. Rachel Mae Bryan, 69, of Wichita died Monday in Wichita where she had made her home the past four years.

Funeral services were held Thursday at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Watt Funeral Home followed by burial in the Moline cemetery.

Mrs. Bryan was born Sept. 17, 1900 at Onaga, Ks., the daughter of Jules and Martha Jacot.

She moved to Moline as a child and grew to womanhood here.

Ord Bryan and she were united in marriage and to this union six children were born. Her husband and two daughters preceded her in death.

Survivors include four sons, Orland of Sodus, Mich., Darrel of Overland Park, Alton of Wichita and Waylan of Dallas, Tex.; a brother, Floyd Jacot of Moline; three sisters, Mrs. Rose Neff of Glendale, Ariz., Mrs. Ruth Bruner of Chautauqua and Mrs. Ruby Bruner of Sedan and 17 grandchildren.


The Winfield Daily Courier - April 6, 2005

MRS. SARAH E. BRYAN - Submitted by L. Morgan

HOWARD-- Sarah Elizabeth Bryan, 91, longtime resident of Wichita and formerly of Howard, died April 1, 2005, at the Halstead Health and Rehabilitation Center. Services will be 11 a.m., Saturday at the Howard United Methodist Church. Burial will be 2:30 p.m. Saturday in Cedar Vale Cemetery.

A memorial has been established with the Center of Basic Cancer research at Kansas State University. Contributions may be left with Zimmerman Funeral Home.

Bryan was born Jan. 5, 1914, in Craig, Okla., to Nell (Grimes) and Dr. Edward Lewis Miller. She graduated from Grainola (Okla) High school in 1932 and attended the University of Kansas.

On Oct. 2, 1932, she and Brooks Cecil Bryan married in Grainola. She was a devoted wife and mother and worked with her husband in the operation of their automobile dealership in Howard.

Bryan was an accountant for both Ford and General Motors dealerships and worked actively until she retired from Don Hattan Chevolet in Wichita at the age of 80.

She was a longstanding member of the Rebekah Lodge in Howard and Ladonia Chapter 243 Order of Eastern Star in Elk Falls. She was active in Executive Women International and the Republican Party, was a 4-H leader and a Cub Scout den mother and taught Sunday school as a member of the Howard United Methodist Church. She served on the Howard school board and was a director at the Howard State Bank for 25 years.

Mr. Bryan died March 28, 1966. A daughter, Linda Nighswonger Yacconi, also preceded her in death.

Survivors include a son, Paul E. Bryan, Valley Center, a daughter, Nella Hartley, Sterling; a sister, Margaret Olsen, Englewood, Colo., 12 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.


Prairie Star - December 21, 2011

MRS. VIRGINIA R. BRYAN

Virginia Ruth Bryan, age 80, of Moline, Kansas passed away Thursday, December 15, 2011 at the Sedan City Hospital. She was born on July 15, 1931 in Longton, Kansas the daughter of Arthur Cleveland and Mary Drusilla (Bacus) Ferry. Virginia attended school in Howard and later in Moline.

On December 23, 1949, Virginia was united in marriage to Marable Bryan in Hopkinsville, Kentucky. Virginia worked as a homemaker. She was a member of the First Christian Church in Moline and an over 50 year member of the Order of Eastern Star, Ladonia Chapter.

Virginia is survived by her husband Marable of Moline, Kansas, one son Steven Bryan and his wife Lyneva of Herington, Kansas, two daughters Pamela Bryan of LeRoy, Kansas and Peggy Weaver and her husband Glennis of Moline, Kansas, one sister Mary Harper of Moline, Kansas and three grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Floyd Ferry and sister Laura Van Royen.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, December 17, 2011 at the Countryside-Zimmerman Funeral Home in Howard, Kansas with Pastor Gary Boles officiating. Friends may stop by and sign the register book until 6:00 p.m. Friday. Interment will be at Moline Cemetery. Family suggests contributions be made to the American Diabetes Association 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 Countryside - Zimmerman Funeral Home in Howard, Kansas.


Prairie Star - February 9, 2011

MRS. BLOSSOM M. BUCHANAN

Blossom May Buchanan, age 93 of Lexington, Okla., formerly of Longton, passed away Monday, Jan. 31, 2011 at her home.

She was born on Oct. 5, 1917 in Oak Valley to Glenn Smith and Josie (Russell) Smith. Blossom started to school in Oak Valley and later the family moved to the Longton area where she graduated from high school.

She married Everett Buchanan on Dec. 24, 1937. Together they raised a son, James and daughter, Bonnie.

Blossom worked tirelessly as a homemaker. She cherished her family and truly enjoyed caring and providing for them. Blossom lived in Elk County most of her life until she moved to Lexington, Okla., to be close to her daughter. She was a member of the Elk Falls United Methodist Church and the Friendly Fourteen Club. Blossom was appropriately named because of her affection for flowers. She especially loved roses and growing violets in her home.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Glenn and Josie Smith; husband, Everett; and son, James (Jim) Buchanan.

She is survived by one daughter, Bonnie Arnold and husband Don of Lexington, Okla.; one grandson, Dan Arnold and wife Jenean of Norman, Okla.; one great-grandson, Patrick Arnold; two sisters, Doris Reed and husband Dean of Parsons, Kan., and Marjorie Weniger of Wichita, Kan.; one sister-in-law, Bernice Cain; and several nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services were held Saturday, Feb. 5, 2011 at the Longton Cemetery in Longton. Memorials may be made to the Elk Falls United Methodist Church or the charity of your choice. For weather related information and/or service details, please call Wilson-Little Funeral Home, (405) 527-6543.


Zimmerman Funeral Home, Howard, Kansas - December 15, 2011

MRS. VIRGINIA R. BRYAN

Virginia Ruth Bryan, age 80, of Moline, Kansas passed away Thursday, December 15, 2011 at the Sedan City Hospital. She was born on July 15, 1931 in Longton, Kansas the daughter of Arthur Cleveland and Mary Drusilla (Bacus) Ferry. Virginia attended school in Howard and later in Moline.

On December 23, 1949, Virginia was united in marriage to Marable Bryan in Hopkinsville, Kentucky. Virginia worked as a homemaker. She was a member of the First Christian Church in Moline and an over 50 year member of the Order of Eastern Star, Ladonia Chapter.

Virginia is survived by her husband Marable of Moline, Kansas, one son Steven Bryan and his wife Lyneva of Herington, Kansas, two daughters Pamela Bryan of LeRoy, Kansas and Peggy Weaver and her husband Glennis of Moline, Kansas, one sister Mary Harper of Moline, Kansas and three grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Floyd Ferry and sister Laura Van Royen.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, December 17, 2011 at the Countryside-Zimmerman Funeral Home in Howard, Kansas with Pastor Gary Boles officiating. Friends may stop by and sign the register book until 6:00 p.m. Friday. Interment will be at Moline Cemetery. Family suggests contributions be made to the American Diabetes Association 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 Countryside - Zimmerman Funeral Home in Howard, Kansas.


Unknown Newspaper - December 5, 2000

MR. CHARLES N. BUCHELE

Charles Ned Buchele, 94, of Molene. died Tuesday, (Dec. 5, 2000) at St. Johns Regional Medical Center at Joplin.

Mr. Buchele was born on June 24, 1906. at Lafayette, Ind. to Charles and Myrtle (Rittenour) Buchele. After his mother died when he was two, he moved to Kansas and lived with aunts until his father married Bessie Fisher. He graduated from Cedar Vale High School in 1923 and attended Kansas State University at Manhattan. He was employed by the National Toy Company in Kansas City, Mo. for a few years.

He married Thelma Grace Noland at Cedar Vale. Ks., and the couple had two sons. Marvin and Keith.

He began farming east of Cedar Vale in 1929 and moved his family to a farm near Grenola in 1943. His first wife died on Nov. 2, 1956. He continued to a farm near Grenola before moving to Moline in 1966.

He married Ina (Oliver) Julian at Burlington and they made their home in Moline. He retired from farming in 1974, and remained a resident of Moline until moving to Pleasant Valley Manor at Sedan, Kansas in 1998.

He served many years on the Elk County Soil County Conservation board and Elk County Council on Aging. He was a long time member of the Moline United Methodist Church and had served as chairman of the trustees.

Survivors include his sons Keith of Coffeyville, Marvin of Winfield, his half-brothers, Luther Buchele of Ann Arbor Mich., Dr. Wesley Buchele of Ames, Iowa; Dr. Matthew Buchele; three grandchildren: four step-grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; four step-great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his first wife. Thelma; his second wife, Ina; his half brothers, Paul, Julian, and Dr. Matthew Bucheie.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Moline United Methodist Church. Burial will be held in Greenlawn Cemetery at Grenola.

Memorial have been established with Moline United Methodist Church and the American Cancer Society. Contributions may be left with the funeral home. Funeral arrangements are being made with the Zimmerman Funeral Home of Howard.


Prairie Star - June 30, 2010

MRS. MARY L. BUCK

Mary Louise Buck, age 83, a resident of Severy, passed away Friday, June 25, 2010 at Galichia Heart Hospital in Wichita.

She was born on Sept. 18, 1926 on a farm near Howard, the daughter of Glenn Orval and Margaret Jane (Clum) Miller.

At age 16 Mary graduated from Howard High School and enrolled in the Kansas Teachers College and received her teaching certificate. Mary taught school at some rural schools in Elk County. She worked for Boeing in Wichita and also owned and operated Mary's Drive Inn in Severy.

In 1945 Mary was united in marriage to Eugene Signer and he preceded her in death in October 1976. In 1980 she married Nicholas Buck and he preceded her in death in Fehniarv 2009. Marv was a member of the Severv United Methodist Church, UMW, Rebekah Lodge and the Morning Therapy Coffee Group at Tripon.

Mary is survived by two sons; Lyle Signer of Perry, Ga., and Ted Signer of Houston, Texas, one brother Dan Miller of Howard, seven grandchildren, sixteen great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by her parents, one son Dennis Signer and one brother Ted Miller.

Funeral services Were held Tuesday, June 29, 2010 at the United Methodist Church in Severy, with Pastor Charles Cryderman officiating. Interment was at Grace Lawn Cemetery in Howard.

Family suggests contributions to the Severy United Methodist Church and may be left with the funeral home. Online condolences may be left at www.countrysidefh.com.

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


Prairie Star - February 25, 2009

MR. NICHOLAS E. BUCK

Nicholas E. "Nick" Buck, age 87, a resident of Severy, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2009 at Via Christi St. Joseph Hospital in Wichita.

Nick was born on January 13,1922 in Aliceville, Kan., the son of Nicholas and Elizabeth Buck.

Nick was a graduate of Anderson County High School. During World War II Nick served in the United States Coast Guard. Nick worked as a machinist in the oil field industry. He was a member of the United Methodist Church in Severy and VFW - John C. Reed Post 2712 Eureka.

On Feb. 2, 1980 Nick was united in marriage to Mary Miller and she survives at their home. Other survivors include two step-sons; Lyle Signer of Perry, Georgia and Ted Signer of Houston, Texas, seven step grandchildren and fourteen step great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, five brothers and two sisters and one step son Dennis Signer.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Feb. 21, 2009 at the United Methodist Church hi Severy, with Pastor Charles Cryderman officiating. Interment followed at Grace Lawn Cemetery in Howard.

Family suggests contributions to either the Severy United Methodist Church or the Eureka Nursing Center and may be left with the funeral home. Online condolences may be left at www.countrysidefh.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Zimmerman Funeral Home of Howard.


The Wichita Eagle - October 30, 2001

MR. GORDON R. BUFFALOW - Submitted by Jerry Jackson

Howard Kansas
Buffalow, Gordon R., 52, farmer, rancher and Boeing Wichita employee, died Saturday, October 27, 2001. Service 11 a.m. Friday, Howard United Methodist Church.

Survivors; wife, Susie; son, Garret of the home; daughters, Kari Blackwell of Wichita, Kansas, Angie Shaver of Augusta, Kansas, Kim Buffalow of the home; mother, Irene Buffalow of Howard; sisters, Myrna Winn of Midland, Texas, Mary Harrod of Howard, Kansas, Sharon Cowden of Leawood, Kansas; 2 grandchildren.

Memorial established with Howard Twilight Manor. Zimmerman Funeral Home.


In Loving Memory Of Gordon R. Buffalow
Gordon R. Buffalow passed away Saturday, October 27, 2001 in rural Elk County. He was 52 years of age and a resident of rural Howard, Kansas. Gordon was born on June 27, 1949 at Eureka, Kansas to George R. and Irene (Green) Buffalow. He attended eight years in rural school at Upper Paw Paw and graduated from Severy, Kansas Rural High School in 1967. He graduated from Butler County Community College in El Dorado, Kansas.

He was a farmer and rancher and was employed at Boeing in Wichita, Kansas during the past fourteen years. Gordon lived his entire life in the Howard, Kansas area and enjoyed working with his cattle.

In June of 1975, he married Karen O’Dell and this marriage ended in 1980. On February 4, 1995 he married Susie (Lukens) Shaver and they made their home on the ranch northwest of Howard, Kansas.

He is survived by his wife, Susie; his son, Garret of the home; his daughters, Kari Blackwell of Wichita, Kansas, Angie Shaver of Augusta, Kansas, and Kim Buffalow of the home; his mother, Irene Buffalow of Howard, Kansas; his sisters, Myrna Winn and her husband Frank of Midland, Texas, Mary Harrod and her husband Jerry of Howard, Kansas and Sharon Cowden of Leawood, Kansas; two grandchildren, Grant and Nicolle, several nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends.

Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, November 2, 2001 at the Howard United Methodist Church with Rev. Kilbum Kim and Lloyd G. Zimmerman officiating. Janalee Hollon sang “How Great Thou Art” and “Amazing Grace”. Recorded selections were played of “The Dance” by Garth Brooks and “Because You Loved Me” by Celine Dion. Nate Harmon played piano and sang “Please Remember”. The casket bearers were Dan Bond, Garret Buffalow, Sam Cross, Stephen Harrod, Barry Hebb, Donnie Hebb, Jared Hebb and Benny Jackson. The honorary casket bearers were Pat Burke, Ira Dees, Gerald Hawn, Gary Hebb, Max Hebb, Melvin Knight, Larry Hurt and Dale Mast. Interment was held in the Piedmont Cemetery at Piedmont, Kansas. A memorial has been established with Howard Twlight Manor. Contributions may be left with the funeral home. The funeral arrangements were made with the Zimmerman Funeral Home of Howard, Kansas.

The above was taken from the funeral card.


Prairie Star - December 18, 2013

MRS. PEARL I. BUFFALOW

Pearl Irene Buffalow, age 95, a long time resident of Howard, Kan., passed away Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013 at the Howard Twilight Manor.

She was born June 22, 1918 the third child of William Evert and Ethel Irene (Morris) Green at their home north of Elk Falls, Kan.

Irene attended rural schools Stone and Stoney Point and then attended Elk Falls High School graduating in 1935. She later attended Normal Training at Emporia College, now Emporia State University. She taught school at Independence Rural School and Bunker Hill Rural School both in northwest Elk County.

It was while she was teaching at Independence that a young man by the name of George Robert Buffalow was working in a field across the road on a fall day. He became thirsty and noticed a nice looking young woman cleaning the school house so he went across the road and asked for a drink of water from the cistern. Thus a romance began.

Irene and George were married at Eureka, Kan., on Sept. 19, 1939. They established their home in northwest Elk County in Union Center Township. To this union four children were born: Myrna, Mary, Sharon and Gordon. Irene was a loving mother, but was strict with rules of behavior, studies, etc… She was always willing to help with homework or lend an ear about a troubling situation. Irene was also a good neighbor and was usually one of the first to respond when a neighbor or friend had a crisis of some matter.

Irene loved her family and was always glad to welcome her children, grandchildren, neighbors and extended family in for a cup of coffee and perhaps a cookie or a piece of pie. She enjoyed it most when the kids and grandkids were home for Christmas or any other time.

Irene was a hard working lady and was always glad to help with farm work, the cattle, taking care of the garden, slopping hogs as well as helping with the housework. She was always willing to help a neighbor, help with the schools and whatever had to be done. She was a good cook and her family will all remember the fragrance of homemade bread when it was removed from the oven, especially when it was covered with butter and homemade sand plum or blackberry jelly.

Irene is survived by three daughters, Myrna and husband Frank Winn of Bartlesville, Okla.; Mary and husband Jerry Harrod of Howard, Kan., and Sharon Cowden of Gilbert, Ariz.; eight grandchildren, Stuart Winn of Houston, Texas; Sterling Winn of Lubbock, Texas; Stephanie Cavallo of Frisco, Texas; Gary Harrod of Howard, Kan.; Greg Harrod of Wichita, Kan.; Nancy Linville of Gilbert, Ariz.; Rebecca Rowan of Arlington Heights, Ill., and Garret Buffalow of Cedar Vale, Kan.; twelve great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews and host of friends.

Irene was preceded in death by her parents, husband George Buffalow, son Gordon Buffalow, brother Wayne Green, two sisters Nina Cambridge and Hope Hayden and one great-grandchild.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013 at Countryside Funeral Home with Pastor Robin Haines officiating. Interment will be held at Piedmont Cemetery.

Family suggests memorials to 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 Funeral Home in Howard.


Prairie Star - February 11, 2009

MRS. MILDRED L. BUMGARNER

Mildred Louise Bumgarner, 97, passed away Monday, Jan. 26, 2009 in Rockport, Texas. Mildred had been a resident of Texas since 1999.

Mildred was born in Howard on Aug. 15, 1911 to Martha Ann and Samuel Phillip Baughman.

She was a life member of Chapter #243 of the Order of Eastern Star, American Legion Auxiliary Unit 0388, AARP and FUMC of Moline. She was appointed and commissioned Honorary Lt. Governor of the State of Kansas in Feb., 1994, and was a graduate of Howard High School.

Mildred was preceded in death by her mother and father, two husbands Dale Boyer and Jackson Bumgarner, a brother-in-law Gene Durbin, a nephew Ronald Gene Durbin, a niece Norma Grace Durbin and a nephew Felix N. Turnbough, Jr.

Mildred, known as Mimmie to all of her family is survived by one sister Bonnie Durbin of Aransas Pass, Texas; a niece Janice and her husband Norman Spears of Rockport, Texas; a niece Cathy Turnbough of Ingleside, Texas; great-nieces Dedra and her husband, Ben Pruett of Bergheim, Texas, Cara and her husband, Justin Hobbs of San Antonio, Texas; great-nephews Norman and his wife Christina Spears of Rock-port, Texas and Samuel and his wife Alissa Spears of Rockport, Texas, Justin Spears of Nashville, Term., Matt and his wife Courtney Durbin of Ingleside, Texas, Felix N Turnbough III (Trey) of Ingleside; Five great-great-nieces Emily, Abigail, Kaleigh, Hailey and Piper; and great-great-nephew Phillip.


Prairie Star - December 23, 2009

MR. FORREST W. "BUCK" BUNYARD

Forrest William "Buck" Bunyard, age 84, a resident of rural Severy, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2009 at the Medicalodge Nursing Home in Eureka.

Buck was born on Aug. 4,1925 in Fall River, the son Harvey Samuel and Viola Bell (Cornett) Bunyard.

He was a veteran of the United States Army serving during World War II. On April 3, 1948 he was united in marriage to Marjorie M. Binns in Fredonia.

Buck worked for Beech Aircraft for 24 years as an Assembly Supervisor. Buck was a member of the Severy Baptist Church. Other memberships included the Odd Fellows and the American Legion. He enjoyed coon hunting, fishing, watching baseball, football and mud runs, but most of all he enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.

Buck is survived by one son Rick Bunyard and his wife Sherrie of Severy, two daughters Kathy Kraft and her husband David of Severy, Linda Ledford and her husband Marvin of Golden, Mo., one brother Paul Bunyard of Eureka, one sister Ruby Roberts of Severy, seven grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.

He was preceded In death by his parents, his wile Marjorle on April 28, 2001. five brothers George, Bob, Bill Lee and David, and throe sisters Vlrglna Hemry, Mary Burt and Bettle Riggs.

Funeral services were held on Friday, Dec. 18, 2009 at the Severy Baptist Church with Rev. Tony Pameticky officiating. Interment followed at South Lawn Cemetery.

Family suggests contributions to the First Baptist Church and may be left with funeral home, online condolences may be left at www.countrysidefh.com. Arrangements were under the direction of Zimmerman Funeral Home, Howard.


Flint Hills Express - December 27, 2006

MR. MELVIN W. BUNYARD - Submitted by L. Morgan

Fall River, Kan - Melvin W. Bunyard
Melvin W. Bunyard, 85, a lifelong resident of Fall River, Kan. died Friday, Dec 22, 2006 at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, Kan. He was born July 18, 1921 in Fall River, the son of Harvey Samuel and Viola Belle (Cornett) Bunyard. He was a sergeant in the United States Army, serving during World War II. He worked for 29 years as a foreman for Beech Aircraft in Wichita, retiring.

On July 14, 1942 in Howard, Kan. he married Mary I. Copesaver. She preceded him in death September 21, 1999. He was an avid outdoorsman, especially enjoying fishing and hunting.

He is survived by four sons, Jim Bunyard of Elk City, Kan. Robert Bunyard of Fall River, Kan. Jo Dee Bunyard of Fredonia, Kan., Jayme Bunyard of Fredonia, Kan.; two daughters, Sherry Sesson of Severy, Kan., Bonnie Lansley of Severy, Kan.; four brothers, Paul Bunyard of Eureka, Kan., George Bunyard of Whitewater, Kan., Lee Bunyard of Florida, Buck Bunyard of Howard, Kan., three sisters, Mary Burt of Fall River, Kan., Ruby Robert of Severy, Kan., Betty Riggs of Washington State, 22 grandchildren, 29 great grandchildren; 2 Great great grandchildren.

Melvin was preceded in death by two sons, Billy Joe Bunyard and Toby Bunyard; one sister, Virgie Henry; and two brothers, Robert Bunyard and D.R. Bunyard.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 28, 2006 at Timmons Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Tony Pameticky officiating. Burial will be in the Mt. Zion Cemetery near Fall River. A memorial has been established in his name with the Arthritis Foundation and may be sent to the funeral home.


MR. ANDREW JACKSON BURCH - Submitted by Irma Ward

Andrew Jackson Burch was born April 16, 1838, in Jesmon County, Kentucky, and departed this life at his home residence, eleven miles north of Sedan, February 28, 1928, at 10 p.m., age 88 years, eleven months and twelve days.

He moved with his parents to Indiana when 15 years of age and lived there until the Civil War when he joined the 43rd Indiana Co., E, in which he served three years. He was mustered out in 1865.

He came to Kansas in 1871. He joined the church and was baptized in an early day. He was a young man when he came here and took a claim north of Sedan which was then Howard county, now Chautauqua. He cut the forest trees that made his log cabin, chinked with mud, with dirt floor and clapboard roof. He then began a life of hardship and danger like many early settlers of Kansas.

He married Mary Ellen Weatherman and they lived happily until death called.

"Uncle Jack', as he was called, was a man who friendship was as pure gold. The ties of friendship to him were those which lasted all through life, and friends of pioneer days were his true friends in old age. He was an honest, upright man, a good soldier and a true friend. He was kind and thoughtful in his home and with his family.

He leaves to mourn his loss his wife, four daughters and four sons, (one daughter died when but a small child), Mrs. Dilla Palmer, Mrs. Stella Coover, John, Durston, Denver, and Ray who remains at home, all of Sedan, Mrs. Iva Byrnes of Elk Falls and Mrs. Minna Cunningham of near Moline, all of whom were at his bedside during his illness which only lasted a few days.

He is survived by twenty-five grandchildren and seventeen great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at Union Chapel Thursday afternoon, conducted by Rev. G.L. Eslick of the Sedan Christian church. Interment in Union Chapel cemetery. A large attendance of friends joined with the sorrowing relatives in paying final respects to his memory. Beautiful music was furnished by a quartette composed of Mrs. Ed Casteel, Mrs. A.J. Floyd, Mrs. John Raybourn and Mr. Robert Harmon. Six grandsons acted as pallbearers.

Final military honors were accorded the deceased by a firing squad and bugler from the American Legion. Those composing the squad were Earl Fish, captain, M.L. Jones, John Dalton, O. Naut, Ben Funk, O.R. Robbins, Bert Sherrod, Bill Dennis, bugler.


Prairie Star - December 18, 2010

MR. CLYDE BURCH

Clyde Burch, 93, a longtime local cattleman and rancher in Elk and Wilson County, died on Monday, Dec. 13, 2010, at Fredonia Regional Hospital. He was born July 15, 1917 in Sedan, the son of James Durston and Monzclla (Vanderhoof) Burch.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2010 at the Buxton Christian Church with Rev. Gene Benefit! officiating. Burial will follow at the Fredonia City Cemetery. Friends may call at Timmons Funeral Home on Tuesday, Dec. 21, from 3-6 p.m., with the family receiving friends from 5-6 p.m.

The family requests, in lieu of flowers, contributions be made in Clyde's name to the Buxton Christian Church. Words of condolence for the family may be sent to www.tirnmonsfuneralhome. com. Timmons Funeral Home, PO Box 168, Fredonia, KS, 66736, is in charge of the arrangements.


Sedan Times-Star - Thursday, October 8, 1942

MRS. MARY ELLEN BURCH - Submitted by Irma Ward

Mrs. Mary Ellen Burch, age 93, 7 months, 18 days, passed away at her home near Longton, Wednesday, September 30 (1942). She was born February 12, 1849 near Sullivan, Indiana. Mary Ellen Weatherman and Andrew J. Burch were united in marriage (3/1)1865. They came to Chautauqua county shortly after their marriage where they homesteaded on the North Caney and reared their family of eight children in a log cabin, undergoing many hardships of the pioneer days. One daughter, Rosy, died at the age of seven years.

Mr. Burch, a Civil War veteran preceded his wife in death in 1928. After his death Mrs. Burch sold the home place to a son, Durston, and moved a short distance where she resided until her death. When a young girl she united with the Methodist Church and lived a devout Christian life throughout her 93 years.

Surviving relatives are the eight children, Mrs. W.G. Palmer, Mrs. A.B. Coover both of Sedan, John W., and J.D. both of Union Chapel, Ray and Denver, Mrs. M.E. Byrnes all of Longton, Mrs. Pete Cunningham of Moline. There are 23 grandchildren and 35 great-grandchildren and 8 great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at the Union Chapel Saturday afternoon at 3 o'clock with Dr. John W. Harbaugh officiating assisted by Rev. Myers.

Mrs. Dwyer Hays sang a solo, "Goodnight Here But Good Morning There'. A quartet composed of Mrs. Hays, Mrs. A.J. Floyd, Roy Taylor and Ben Funk sang, "It Is Well With My Soul" and "The Old Rugged Cross". Mrs J.O. Tulloss accompanied at the piano.

Pallbearers were Carl Coover, Vernie Palmer, Paul Palmer, Logan Cunningham, Clyde Burch and Wesley Burch, all grandsons of the deceased.

Out of town relatives attending the funeral were Dave Sturgeon of Centerville, Mrs. and Mrs. Vernie Palmer of Oklahoma City, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Taylor and Betty Joan of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Mr. and Mrs. Carol Coover and children, Dick and Marjorie of Eureka, Mrs. Cleo Warring and E.L. Warring of Sedan. Mr. and Mrs. Paul Palmer of Peru, Mr. and Mrs. Logan Cunningham of Moline, Mr. and Mrs. A.B. Coover and Mrs. W.G. Palmr of Sedan.

Mary Ellen Burch was the daughter of James and Lucy Pitts Weatherman. All buried in the Union Chapel Cemetery.


Elk County Citizen - April 19, 1894

MRS. BLOSSOM BURCHFIELD - Submitted by L. Morgan

GONE HOME
Mrs. Blossom Burchfield, wife of U. D. Burchfield, was born in St. Louis, Mo. May 24, 1875. She was married to U. D. Burchfield about a year ago. Saturday, April 14, 1894, at her home in this city, surrounded by friends, she quietly passed into the great beyond, where there is no suffering, no sorrow and no pain.

During the meeting conducted by Evangelist Harlan in this city last fall, she gave her heart to God and became a member of the Christian church. Funeral services were held at the Christian church on Sunday, conducted by the pastor, H. G. White. The large attendance at the funeral told how deeply the friends sympathized with the bereaved husband and family and as the large funeral cortege moved to Grace Lawn cemetery when all that remained of the young wife and mother was laid to rest, the words of Holy Writ came to us, “Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord.“

The husband is left with an infant daughter but a few weeks old, and around it his hearts fibers will be woven with greater strength because in its life the young mother gave her own. The Citizen, in common with his many friends, deeply sympathize with the young husband in his hour of bereavement--the darkest hour that can come to any man.


Sedan Times-Star - October 10, 2001

MRS. MABEL R. BURDETTE

Mabel Ruby Burdette, age 97, longtime resident of Grenola, Kansas, passed away on Wednesday morning October 3, 2001, at South Central Kansas Regional Medical Center in Arkansas City.

Born April 7, 1904 in rural Elk County, Kansas, she was one of four children born to Peter David and Emma Esta (Underwood) French. At age seven, she and her family moved to a farm in rural Chautauqua County, Kansas. She attended school at Shiloh Rural School. As a young girl, she helped with chores on the farm and even helped “put up” hay. In her early twenties, before she married, she helped the family build their new farm house.

On November 23, 1924, at the Grenola Methodist Parsonage, she was united in marriage to Clarence Franklin Burdette. The couple made their home on a farm in Chautauqua County. She was a homemaker and devoted wife of a farmer and rancher. Mr. Burdette preceded her in death on December 10, 1981. In May of 1986, her farm home burned and she moved to Grenola, KS. She lived in Grenola nearly ten years before moving to Arkansas City so that her daughters could care for her.

She was a member of the Grenola United Methodist Church, where she was involved in the United Methodist Women's organization, as well as the Pleasant Valley HDU. She enjoyed sewing, gardening and reading.

Her family includes her son, Darrell D. Burdette and wife, Louise, rural Chautauqua County, KS, her daughters, Doris L. Brentlinger and husband, Marshall, Arkansas City, KS and DeLoris L. Groene and husband, Francis, rural Winfield, KS, her sister, Ethel L. Wilmeth, Mulvane, KS, ten grandchildren, twenty-six great grandchildren and one great great grandchild.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Ira D. French and a sister, C. Fayc Payne. Funeral services were held at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, October 5, 2001, at the Grenola United Methodist Church in Grenola, KS. Interment followed at Greenlawn Cemetery in Grenola, KS.

A memorial has been established in Mrs. Burdette's name for the Grenola United Methodist Church. Contributions maybe made through the funeral home. Miles Funeral Service was in charge of the arrangements.


Winfield Courier - February 13, 2007

MRS. MAXINE BURDETT - Submitted by L. Morgan

Maxine Burdett, 78, of Winfield, died Feb. 12, 2007, at William Newton Hospital.

Services will be 11 a.m. Friday at Miles Funeral Service. Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery in Grenola.

A memorial has been established for the Wesley Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in Wichita. Contributions may be made through the funeral home.

Burdett was born Nov. 3, 1928, in Sumner County, to Carl and Ollie (Moore) Marshall. She resided in South Haven and later in Moline, graduating from Moline High School in 1946.

She and Samuel E. Burdett married on Nov. 18, 1946, in Port Huron, Mich. His lifelong career as a welder took the couple to several places across the United States. Mrs. Burdett owned and operated beauty shops in Howard, Grenola and Sedan. She retired in the mid-1980s. The couple moved to Caldwell for a short time to be near family. They had resided at the Kansas Veterans Home since October 2003. Her husband died on Feb. 7, 2007.

She was also preceded in death by her parents.

Survivors include a son, Stan Burdett, Caldwell; a brother, Kenneth Marshall, Topeka; a sister, Lila Koftan, Pratt; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and two stepgreat-grandchildren.


Sedan Times-Star - Februar 14, 2007

MR. SAMUEL F. BURDETT

Samuel F. Burdett, 83, of Winfield, Kan., died Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2007 in Winfield. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2007 at Miles Funeral Service in Winfield. Military committal honors followed at the Greenlawn Cemetery in Grenola, Kan. A memorial has been established in Mr. Burdett’s name for the Wesley Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit in Wichita. Contributions may be made through Miles Funeral Service, P.O. Box 720, Winfield. KS 67156.


Unknown Newspaper - July 11, 1966

MR. RALPH BURG - Submitted by Dan Durbin

Death Takes Ralph Burg
Ralph Burg, 69, of Moline died unexpectedly Monday, July 11, p.m. at his home.

He was born Oct. 18, 1896 in Joseph County, Mich., the son of Clarence R. and Lena (Will) Burg. Mr. Burg was a veteran of World War I and worked at a salesman for Central Petroleum Company in Oklahoma prior to retiring three years ago. He and his wife, Inez, moved to Moline at the time of his retirement.

Burg was a member of the Lutheran church and The American Legion.

Surviving are the widow of the home and a brother, Frank Burg of Sturgis, Mich. Funeral services was held Thursday at the Watt Funeral Home with the Rev. Anthony Simowitz officiating. Interment was in Moline Cemetery.


Elk County Citizen - November 11, 1903

MRS. MARY A. BURROWS - Submitted by L. Morgan

Obituary of Mary Ann Hays Wheeler Burrows
Quietly as the shades of night had fallen on Nov. 4, 1903, the Death Angel was approaching the home of Mr. Robert Burrows to take from him one who had been to him in life, his wife, Mrs. Mary Ann Burrows.


The Moline Mercury - March 23, 1888

MRS. KATE BURROWS - Submitted by Dan Durbin

DIED---Sunday night, March 18th, 1888, of blood poisoning, at the family residence in Moline, Mrs. Kate Burrows, wife of Hugh Burrows. Mrs. Burrows had given birth to a child, four days previous to her death. The child is doing well. Kate Sweeny was born at Paducah, Kentucky, Feb. 28th, 1861 and was married to Hugh Burrows Dec. 5th, 1883, with whom she came to Moline, the 15th of June, 1884, where she remained, an honored member of society, till death called her away. She leaves a devoted husband and three small children who will sadly miss the benign influence of a faithful wife and the tender, maternal care of a loving mother. Deceased was a member of the Catholic church and was interred in the Catholic cemetery, south of Moline, Monday.


[Note: The cemetery referred to may be the Old Boston Cemetery, but many of the burials there were later moved to the Mt. Olivet Cemetery.] Mary Ann Hays was born in Indiana Jan. 27, 1837; died at her home in Union Center township Nov. 4, 1903, aged 66 years, 9 months and 7 days. From her home in Indiana, with her parents, she removed to Bourbon county, Kansas, where she resided until 25 years ago, when she removed to Elk county where she has since resided.

In the year 1852 she was married to Wm. H. Wheeler, who departed this life April 20, 1884.

On the 23rd of April 1898 she was again united in marriage to Rob't Burrows, which reunion has been very congenial and happy, and Mr. Burrows is now left alone to mourn his great loss.

While very young she sought and found a Savior, pardoning love and grace, which fitted her for life and prepared her for death, she at once united with the Methodist Episcopal church to which fellowship she was a devoted member.

Deceased leaves behind besides a loving husband, four children from the former union, three boys and one girl. Two children, Elizabeth A. and Wm. M. having died some years ago. The surviving children are John M. Wheeler of Lincoln county, Oklahoma, Sarah E. Nichols of Chandler, Oklahoma, Charles E. and Geo. F. Wheeler of Union Center, Kansas.

The funeral services were conducted at the Clear Creek church Friday, at 2 p.m., Nov. 6, with interment at the Clear Creek cemetery, Rev. J. H. Oliver officiating. The bereaved husband and relatives have the deepest sympathy of all.


December 1995

MR. CLEM V. BURSON

Clem V. Burson, 80, of Neodesha, died Friday, December 8,1995 at the Golden Keys Nursing Home. Clem V. Burson was born April, 11, 1915 in Elk Falls.

He married Berea A. (Pyle) on August 25, 1933 in Fredonia, and she died in 1994.

He worked for several years as an electrician for the Tennessee Valley Authority during the Depression. He later worked for Westgate Electric and then was a self-employed electrician in Denver, CO., before moving to Neodesha.

He was a fonner member of the Elks Club in Arvada, CO.

He is survived by four sons Jerry Burson of Neodesha, Randy Burson of Garland, TX., Richard Burson of Warner Robins, GA. and Virgil Burson of Hallsvillp, TX.

Graveside services were conducted at 10 a.m. on Monday, December 11, 1995 in the Neodesha Cemetery under the direction of the Loran Fawcett -Funeral Home. The Rev. Raymond Newman officiated.


September 1996

MRS. LUELLA F. BURSON

LONGTON — Luelia Faye Burson, 78, formerly of Longton, died Thursday at Pleasant Valley Manor in Sedan.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the Longton Cemetery with the Rev. Gerald Manley of the Longton United Methodist Church officiating. The casket will remain closed. Arrangements are under direction of Zimmerman Funeral Home of Howard.

A memorial has been established with the Longton United Methodist Church. Contributions may be left with the funeral home.

Mrs. Burton was born on Sept. 6, 1918, in Longton to Albert Fay and Cecile (Wilson) Cooper. She attended Longton schools.

In 1937, she moved to Topeka, where she graduated from Stewart’s Beauty School. She was a hairdresser for many years in the Topeka area.

On Dec. 12, 1941, she married Glen Marion Burson in Columbus. They lived in Topeka until moving to Longton in 1972. Her husband died in 1982, and she continued to make her home in Longton until ill health forced her to enter the nursing home.

She was a member of the Longton United Methodist Church and was a past member of the Rebekah Lodge and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 226 Auxillary. She is survived by a son, Jim Marcy, Topeka; two daughters, Sue Bohler, Denver, Colo., and Pat Jones, El Dorado; 17 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and one greatgreat-grandchild.


Sedan Times-Star - January 3, 2001

MR. EARL T. BUSBY

Earl Tillman Busby passed away on Wednesday, December 27, 2000 at his home in Longton, Kansas. He was 71 years of age. Earl was born on July 3, 1929 at Longton, KS to Benjamin Tillman and Alice Lee (Zollars)Busby. He attended Longton High School and grew to manhood in the Longton community.

Earl served in the United States Army as a Paratrooper during the Korean conflict. He was married to Marian Gordon of Cedar Vale, KS from 1952 to 1976 and he was later married to Shirley Burgess from 1978 to 1993. Earl was employed as a Fire fighter in Wichita, KS during the early 1950's and later worked for Boeing Aircraft Company at the missile site in Knob Noster, MO. He was employed as a Supervisor for Lear Jet in Wichita, KS and retired from that position before moving to Longton in 1996.

He was a member of the VFW Post 1186 at Independence and Ferguson-Spease American Legion Post #388 at Moline. Earl was an avid gardener and fulfilled his lifelong dream of returning to Longton.

He is survived by his daughters, Marianne Madrigal, Katy, TX, Julie Gordon, Dallas, TX, Susan Carnahan and Robyn Busby, both of Wichita, KS, a brother, Robert Busby, Crane, TX, a sister, Zona Harris, Lakin, KS and three grandchildren. His brothers "Bud" Busby and Gerald Busby and his sisters, Doris Welch and Louis Huffman LaFortune, preceded him in death.

Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, December 30, 2000, at the Christian Community Church in Longton with Pastor Dave Sanchez officiating. Pat Dowell was pianist. Ferguson-Spease American Legion Post #388 of Moline conducted military services. Casket bearers were Tom Brasser, Robert Busby, Jay Harris, Bill Kerschen, Carl Smoot and Mike Tramp. Interment was held at the Longton Cemetery in Longton, KS.

Memorials have been established with the Ferguson-Spease American Legion Post #388 of Moline, the VFW Post 1186 in Independence and the American Heart Association. Contributions may be left with the funeral home. The funeral arrangements were made with the Zimmerman Funeral Home of Howard, KS.


The Longton News - November 16, 1906

MR. REUBEN BUSBY - Submitted by Dan Durben

Death notice Reuben Busby

Mr. Reuben Busby, aged 78 years, died at his home in Oak Valley Monday. Mr. Busby was an old soldier and a highly respected citizen.

He was the founder of the town of Busby in Painterhood township and the town was named after him. He leaves a family of grown children.

The remains were laid to rest Tuesday at Oak Valley cemetery.


Howard Courant-Citizen - January 2, 1947

MR. JOHN BUTT - Submitted by Louise Havens

Funeral in Moline, Kansas
When John was 19, he worked as a hired hand for George Oller, Concord Twp., Delaware, Ohio . Then Homesteaded near Phillipsburg, Kansas. He sold his homestead and became a plasterer in Hutchinson: then went to Corning where he married Annie Farrell Rhea. Two years later, the couple bought a farm near Fostoria where they remained until leaving in November, 1916, to buy a home in Howard , Kansas.

To this union eight children were born, seven of them dying in infancy. They took into their home the seventeen months old son of a dear deceased friend and reared and educated him as their own. The family belonged to the United Bretheren Church near Fostoria, Kansas, first, and later, the Methodist Church in Howard. John Butt was a member of the Masonic Lodge at Westmoreland, Kansas, until transferring membership to Howard. He also belonged to the Modern Woodmen of America. His faithful wife passed away March 1, 1945. After that, home was never the same. He spent a few months at Wichita with his daughter then returned to Howard until November 26th, when he and his daughter went to Houston, Texas to spend the winter with his foster son, Glen Pringle, and family.

On the evening of December 17th, he complained of feeling badly and about 4:30 a.m. December 18th, suffered a heart attach and was rushed to the Heights Hospital in Houston, where he gallantly fought death until 11:32 p.m. December 24th, when he quietly slipped away into the Great Beyond to meet his faithful wife whom in his last few hours he had said was waiting just outside his room. He leaves to mourn his passing his foster son, Glen Alva Pringle and family of Houston, Texas; his daughter , Mrs. Louisa Nigh of Emporia and Mrs. Bonnie Hurt of Wichita; three great grandsons and one great granddaughter, two sisters and two brothers, Mrs. Burl Grant, Miss Louisa Butt and Harmon Butt of Columbus, Ohio, and Andrew Butt of Eugene , Oregon, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Friday, December 27, at the Moon Funeral Chapel, and burial was in Grace Lawn Cemetery with Masonic Honors.


Unknown Newspaper - March 27, 1968

MISS ANNA BUTCHER - Submitted by Dan Durbin

Rites Held For Anna Butcher
Miss Anna Butcher, 92, lifetime resident of Longton, died Wed., Mar. 27 at the Longton Hotel where she had lived for the past 13 years.

Born June 15, 1876, she was a member of St. Mary's Church of Moline. For several years before her death she was an invalid and confined to a wheelchair.

Although she had several remote relatives still living in Kansas and Oklahoma, she was the last remaining member of her own family and leaves no surviving immediate relatives.

The Rosary was recited for her at the Watt Funeral Home on Thursday evening. The Funeral Mass was held at St. Mary's Church in Moline on Friday morning, Mar. 29. Burial was in Mt. Olivet Cemetery at Moline.


The Moline Advance - June 6, 1929

MRS. JULIA BUTCHER - Submitted by Dan Durbin

In the passing of Mrs. Butcher we have lost the last pioneer of St. Mary's Parish. She was born in Berlin, Germany, February 8th, 1839, and married John Butcher November 9th, 1858. to this union were born eleven children, four of whom are living-Jacob, Andrew and Anna of Longton and Mrs. Mary Maloney, of Topeka. In company with her husband and four babies she arrived in New York June 20th, 1866. Three years later they settled on the farm at Longton where she passed away last Sunday leaving to mourn her loss four children, five grandchildren, ten great grandchildren and one great great grandchild. Her funeral was held from St. Mary's Church, Moline, Father Cody officiating.

In this age of contempt for everything that savors not of the modern it would be well for youth to pause and ponder on the glorious achievements of the gallant pioneers. They came to Kansas when everything was forbidding while the Indian and the buffalo were monarch of all they surveyed. They saw the vast expanse of prairie and suffered much in conquering it to make of it a home for you and me. They underwent the thousand hardships to which modern youth is a stranger and withal their log-cabins were homes not the lodging houses of today. They were victims of cyclone, tornado and flood. They saw their little loved ones swept away in the waters of '69 where Mrs. Butcher lost two of her children. In the passing of the pioneers we are losing brave souls, braver than those who remain. All honor to their blessed memory! They need no tombstone to mark their graves for the State of Kansas is their monument.

*note: Julia Butcher's grave is in the Mt. Olivet Cemetery at Moline, KS.


Prairie Star - May 22, 2013

MRS. E. LOUISE BYER

E. Louise Perkins Byer of Lenexa, Kan., passed away May 17, 2013, at the age of 85.

Louise was born on Feb. 21, 1928, in Howard, Kan., to Ralph and Zora (Root) Perkins.

Louise grew up on the Bar P ranch in the Flint Hills – a place she dearly loved. She attended a one-room schoolhouse then went on to graduate from Howard High School and The College of Emporia, where she earned a degree in English.

Louise is survived by brothers Lynn and Elvin, and children Gretchen (Jim Cox), Robin, Jared (Silvia), Jennifer (John Dubois) and Lispeth Springer (John). Her grandchildren Alphie, Noah, Rhea, Haley, Stefano, Leo, Elisa, Theo, Oliver, Aiden and Maya are left to mourn her passing, as is her great-grandson Judah, her sister-in-law Lois, and many beloved nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death were her husband, Gene Byer, her son-in-law Hal Ettinger (Robin Byer), her brother Ralph Jr. and sisters-in-law Kathryn (Elvin) Phyllis and Orel (Ralph Jr.). A celebration of Louise’s life will be held on Saturday, May 25, at 11 a.m., at Shawnee Mission Unitarian Universalist Church, 9400 Pflumm Rd., Lenexa, KS 66215. A reception will follow.

For those wishing to make a donation in Louise’s memory, the family suggests the following non-profit organizations: The Crisis Center of Dodge City, PO Box 1173, Dodge City, KS 67801; or The Lewy Body Dementia Association, 912 Killian Hill Road SW, Lilburn, GA 30047. Online: http://www.lbda.org/go/donate


Unknown Newspaper - August 6, 1968

MRS. IVA F. BYRNES - Submitted by Dan Durbin

Mrs. Michael E. Byrnes, the former Iva Florence Burch was born Jan. 23, 1882, rural Sedan, Chautauqua County. She died Aug. 6, 1968 in the home of her daughter, Mrs. Frank Vanhaverbeke, Emporia, with whom she had lived since 1958.

She was the daughter of Andrew Jackson Burch and Mary Ellen Weatherman Burch, rural Sedan. She was married Apr. 18, 1903 to Michael E. Byrnes in St. Marys Church, Moline. He preceded her in death Apr. 16, 1948.

Five children were born to the, four of whom died in infancy. She is survived by her daughter, the former Jessie Byrnes; three grandchildren; eight great grandchildren ; two sisters, Mrs. Arthur (Stella) Coover, Sedan, and Mrs. Pete (Minnie) Cunningham, Elk Falls; four brothers, Denver and Ray, Longton, Durston and John, Sedan.

A Rosary was recited for her Wednesday evening at the Watt Chapel.

A funeral mass was offered by Father Eck Thursday morning at St. Marys Church, Moline. Interment was in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Mrs. Byrnes was a faithful member of the Catholic Church and of the Altar Society in whatever parish she was residing.

She and her husband lived for many years in the Border community engaged in farming and stock raising.


Unknown Newspaper - April 16, 1948

MR. MICHAEL E. BYRNES - Submitted by Dan Durbin

Michael Edward Byrnes, son of Patrick J. and Mary Ellen Byrnes was born Jan. 20, 1878 near Independence, Kansas. He departed this life April 16, 1948 at St. Francis Hospital, Wichita, Kansas. His burial was from St. Mary's Church in Moline April 19. (Monday).

In the year of 1903 on April 18 he was married to Iva Florence Burch. To this union was born five children four of whom, died in infancy. Mike, as he was known thru-out the countryside, was a kind and gentle man and possessed a keen sense of humor and was greatly interested in community and world affairs.

He resided on his farm in Chautauqua County and engaged in farming and stock raising for forty-five years. He had been in failing health for the past five years. About a year ago Mr. and Mrs. Byrnes retired from their farm and purchased a home in Moline.

He is survived by his widow Mrs. Iva F. Byrnes, one daughter Mrs. Jessie Vanhaverbeke of Eureka, three grandchildren David, Duane and Suzanne Vanhaverbeke. Two sisters Mrs. Ella Kingston, Guthrie, Oklahoma, Miss Margaret Byrnes of Halstead, Kansas and three brothers Robert S. Byrnes, Guthrie, Oklahoma, Francis J. Byrnes, Sand Springs, Oklahoma, and William P. Byrnes of Logan, Kansas. Many nephews and niece and a host of friends.

Funeral services were held from Rarick Chapel, Monday 19, at 9:30 A. M. Rosary was held Sunday evening at Rarick Chapel. Father J. J. Dreher officiating. Interment in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Those attending from out of town: Mr. and Mrs. Francis Byrnes, Robert Byrnes, Carl Crewa, Guthrie; Mr. and Mrs. Pryne, Tulsa Okla.; Mr. and Mrs. Roy Peak, Hutchinson; Joe Roland, Pawnee, Okla.; Ed Roland, Wichita, Kansas; Mr. and Mrs. Paul Taylor, and Betty Joan, Tulsa, Okla.


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