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Fred E. Barnett died Friday, December 2, at the home of his sister, Mrs. H.S. Simonton, at Horton, Kan., after a lingering illness of about a year with pernicious nenemia. He had been in poor health for two or three years, and had fought the isidious disease corageoysly[sic], employing al lthe means available, and as a last resort he was taken to Excelsior Springs, Mo., where specialists were consulted and remedies sought.  After thorough examination and treatment there, the case was pronounced insurable, and he was taken to Horton, where he calmly awaited the final summons.
The remains arrived her Sunday morning, accompanied by his mother, Mrs. Barnett and daughter Grace, and Mr. and Mrs. Simonton, a brother-in-law and sister of the deceased, and were taken to the home of Mr. and Mrs. John Hartzler, old friends of the family, from whence the funeral was held.
Rev. Thomas had charge of the funeral services, and Parson Stewart, by request made the personal address and read the short obituary of the deceased.
Rev. Thomas read the 90th Psalm and a portion of the 14th chapter of the gospel of John. The text was, "I am the resurrection and the life." John 11:25. The choir sang, "Lead Kindly Light," Beautiful Islands of Sunshine," and Abide With Me." The floral offerings were beautiful and profuse. At the grave Rev. Thomas read selections from the ritual, Parson Stewart offered prayer, and the officiating clergyman pronounced the benediction. The day was furiously blustering and uncomfortably cold. The body of the deceased was laid away beside that of the father, who passed away a little over three years ago.
Fred Estes Barnett was born in Smith county, Kansas, December 28, 1878. He died in Horton, Kan., December 2, 1910, and have he lived to December 28, he would have been 32 years of age. The disease of which he died was pernicious aenemia. The family moved to Goodland, August 31, 1891, when Fred was in his 13th year. He graduated from the county high school in 1895. He was admitted to the bar, as an attorney in 1898, when in his 20th year. He graduated from the Kansas University in 1931. He was formerly a member of the Methodist Episcopal church of this city, but while attending the university he untied with the Unitarian church at Lawrence, Kan., of which he was a member at the time of his death. He leaves a mother and two sisters to mourn his loss. He was a profound thinker, a thorough scholar, and well versed in the law. He was industrious, enterprising, gentlemanly, a good citizen and friend. (Source: Kit Carson County Record, Dec 8, 1910, transcribed by J.S.)

Stephen Montgomery Cozad was born in Middleton, Mercer county, Penn., October 19, 1827, and died at his home five miles southwest of Burlington, October 15, 1911 being at that time within four days of this 8th birthday.
His wife passed to that better land eleven years ago, leaving her husband to serve till he was called to his reward. To them were born two children, a son who now lives in Denver and a daughter who has lived with her father. His life has been spent in several different states, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas and Colorado having been his home at different times. Four years ago he came to this state.
Father Cozad in early life united with the Presbyterian church, but upon moving to Iowa he joined the Methodists and remained in that communion till he joined the church triumphant. Of him it may be said: "Servant of God well done."
The funeral services were held in the Methodist church on  Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. The choir rendered several choice selections, the Rev. Yersin offered prayer, and the Rev. Day spoke from the 23rd Psalm. (Kit Carson County Record, Oct 26, 1911, transcribed by J.S.)

Burlington and former Stratton resident Joseph Easton Cure passed away on Sunday, May 29, 2011, at his home in Burlington, after a lingering illness. He was 88 years old. Joe was born on April 6, 1923 in Fowler, Kan. He was the 10th of 12 children born to Horace and Edith (Isenbart) Cure. Joe joined the Marines on May 30, 1944 (67 years ago). He served his country in Okinawa, Japan and was with the occupation of China until 1946. Returning to Kansas, Joe met and married Laurita Waterhouse of Burdett, Kan. in May of 1947. They were blessed with three children - Richard, Shirley and Margaret. Joe and Laurita lived on the farm south of Stratton for 43 years before moving to Burlington. Joe was raised on a small ranch in Kansas, and spent his life farming and ranching. His other main interests were his Catholic faith and the John Birch Society. Fishing and card playing with neighbors were two of Joe's hobbies, but his most exciting activity was probably chasing coyotes and many humorous stories are recalled. Joe was preceded in death by his parents, his daughter Margaret, five brothers; Lloyd Cure, Paul Cure, Leo Cure, Bill Cure and Ernie Cure and five sisters; Verna Hoffman, Dora Morrill, Esther Fuhrman, Pearl Ney and Zella Cure.
He is survived by his loving and caring wife Laurita; his son Richard and wife Rosanne of Sanger, Texas; daughter Shirley Smith and her husband Wayne of Mt. Vernon, Mo.; 11 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, one brother Earl Cure of Hanston, Kan. and numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. A Requiem High Mass was offered at Saint Isidore the Farmer Catholic Church in Watkins, where Joe and Laurita have been parishioners for many years, on Wednesday, June 1, 2011, at 10 a.m. with Father Dennis McDonald S.S.P.X. officiating. Burial followed in Calvary Cemetery in Stratton at 3 p.m. Visitation was held on Tuesday, May 31, 2011, at Love Funeral Home in Burlington from 6 to 8 p.m. with a Rosary being recited at 7 p.m. Funeral services were entrusted to Love Funeral Home in Burlington. (Burlington Record, June 8, 2011, submitted by Maurene Richard Miller)

Mrs. Bernice (Sams) Hamilton was born at Mt. Pulaski, Logan County, Illinois, February 2, 1846. Here she grew to womanhood and her in 1868 she was united in marriage  to Mr. John A. Hamilton. To this union was born three children; one daughter and two sons. The daughter died in infancy. On October 23, 1909, a son Earl, preceded her into the blissful realm at the age of 39 years. She leaves to  mourn her loss her husband, son Harry and wife and four grandchidlren.
In 1870 she united with the Copeland, Illinois, Christian church and continued a member of that household of faith till she heard the voice of her Lord, "come up higher." Surrounded by all the dear ones she answered this call at the age of 66 years, 2 months and 9 days.
She was a loving wife and mother, a faithful friend and a true Christian. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Jan J. LeFeber in the Congregational church and interment was in the cemetery at Campbell, Nebraska, by the side of her son. (Kit Carson County Record, Apr 18, 1912, transcribed by J.S.)

Robert S. Harbour was born in Cedar county, Iowa in 1849. He came to Colorado in 1887, locating about 9 miles southwest of Burlington in which neighborhood he lived until his death, which occured on February 18, 1911. Funeral services were held in the Christian church on Sunday C.A. Yersin officiating, assisted by Elder J.W. Tipton of Superior, Neb who happened to be in Burlington. He leaves to mourn his loss his wife, three daughters, Mrs. Floyd Weeks, Mrs. Fred Norton and Mrs. Clarance Nickerson of Burlington and one son, Ed Harbour of Eldorado, Arkansas and several grandchildren.
It would be hard to tell how much future generations, as well as present, owe to such men as he who amid the hardest trials and difficulties held on determinly and conquered, making for themselves homes in this western county. He was a man of energy and possessesd in a great degree that faculty of looking on the bright side of things having a smile and good word for everyone he met.
Fifteen years ago he went to Kansas City where at Dr. Coes Sanitarium he was treated and a successful operation form the side of his head and neck. Last October he was again taken to Dr. Coe and another operation performed but the relief, if any was only temporary and in the last few months he suffered severely until death came to his relief.
The family have the sympathy of all in this hours of their bereavement. (Kit Carson County Record, Feb 23, 1911, transcribed by J.S.)

John Wilber Harrington was born Dec 20, 1831 in the state of New York and died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. E.L. Hines, Feb 15th bring past 80 years of age. He was married to Lois Simmons in 1854 and to them were born five children, Everet, Dillian, Mrs. Florance Hines, Elmer and Mrs. Rosa HInes. His wife passed away in 18?7 and Miss Dillian at the age of 17 years. All the surviving children and a number of grand children and a large host of friends were present at the funeral services held in the M.E. church in Kanarado. Rev. A.E. Day conducting the services, assisted by the Rev. E.L. Hutchins. Mr. Harrington was an honored citizen and a veteran of the Civil War. (Kit Carson County Record, Feb 22, 1912, transcribed by J.S.)

Jacob L. Love was born in South Bend, Indiana, Sep 16, 1863, and died at his home in this county, about 12 miles north east of Burlington, on Nov 12, 1910, where he had lived for about twenty three years.
He leaves behind him to mourn his loss, his mother, now about seventy seven years of age, who lived with him and was with him to the last, and to whom he was ever a loving and devoted son. He also has two sisters and four brothers, none of whom are it this state.
He was never married, but was engaged to an estimable young lady who was with the mother and son during his last illness, until the end came, a consolation to the mother, and with her devoted love and sympathy  soothing his last hours.
The funeral was conducted by the writer, at the Kanorado church, assisted by the pastor of the M.E church at that place.
The great company who were present and the many floral offerings, showed how widely he was known and respected.  - C.A. Yersen (Kit Carson County Record, Nov 17, 1910, transcribed by J.S.)

Harry Martin, the Kit Carson county cowbody who was injured in the bronco riding contest at Hugo, July 4th died the next day. The horse was pitching hard when it fell and turned a complete somersault, rolling over its rider. (Akron Weekly Pioneer Press, Jul 15, 1904, transcribed by J.S.)

At the home of the Rev. Geo. R. Macleod, Thursday Dec 23, Duncan W.  McBain aged thirty nine years. The deceased arrived in Colorado but four weeks previous. He made the long trip from Nova Scotia, Canada, hoping it would benefit his broken health, but the journey proved too great for his strength; he never rallied from its effects. In his nataive province he was well known and highly resepcted for his sterling integrity, intelligence and industry. He was pre-deceased by a beautiful young wife four years ago.
Three little children are left to mourn the loss of a devoted and loving father. (Kit Carson County Record, Jan 13, 1910, transcribed by J.S.)

George W. Rogers was born in Indiana, March 4, 1829, died at Woodston, Kansas, Jan 22, 1912, aged 82 years, 10 months and 18 days. When a small boy, he moved with an uncle to western Illinois near Rock Island, where he grew to manhood. Was married to Mahala Hammond, Feb 9, 1853. To this union were born 12 children, 3 having died in infancy, t sons and 3 daughters being left to mourn his loss, all of whom were with him at his last sickness except one son.  Besides these there are left 47 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren and a host of friends and neighbors. When a young man he gave his heart to God and united with the Baptist church with which he worked until he moved to eastern Kansas in 1870, where he resided until 1875, when he moved to this community. He was one of the first to sign the call to organize the Ash Rock Congregational church and was one of the members. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. John E. Mumford of Woodston, Kansas, Jan 23. Interment was made in the Ask Rock cemetery. The bereaved relatives have the sympathy of the entire community. - Woodsto, Kan., Argus. (Kit Carson County Record, Feb 1, 1912, transcribed by J.S.)

Leander Simmerman was born in West Jersey township near West Jersey, Ill., June 4, 1854 and died June 3?, 1910. He and a twin brother were the youngest of a family of nine children. He was married to Miss Minnie Godfrey at Tulon, Ilinois, July 4, 1872 and to this union eight children were born, five boys and three girls; William of Sutton, Nebraska; Hugh Simmerman  and Mrs. Eva McConnell of  Lincoln, Nebraska; Clyde of Burlington, Colorado; Earnest of Dillion, Iowa; Fred Simmerman, Mrs. Lottie Nickols and Mrs. Lizzie Earnest of our little village all of which wil be a great comfort to their mother in these sad hours of her life. Besides the immediate family, three brothers two sisters and a great number of grandchildren and a great many friends mourn his loss and console with the bereaved family.
Lee spent most of his life on a farm following the farmers occupation until moving to S rang about five years ago.
He died very suddenly Wednesday afternoon, June 1, 1910 and his death came as a shock to every one as he was apparently in good health. Should he have lived until June 4 he would be celebrated his 56th birthday, all his brothers and sisters except one were present at the funeral.
Interment was made in Harmony cemetery and remains being accompanied by a large concourse of relatives and friends.
The stores and business places all closed during the funeral. Strang Reporter. (Kit Carson County Record, Jun 16, 1910, transcribed by J.S.)

Mrs. Fred Smith died at her home southeast of Burlington this Thursday morning of Appolexy. Mrs. Smith was well known in this community and her death is a shock of her many friends. Obituary will appear next week. (Kit Carson County Record, Nov 16, 1911, transcribed by J.S.)

Eliza J. Wentworth was born in Allem County, Indiana. November 2nd, 1843, and died at the home of her daughter in Yuma County, Colorado, June 26th 1910, aged 67 years, 7 months and 23 days.
She was married to Franklin Davison January 35[sic], 1862. To them were born nine children, three of whom died in infancy and one, the oldest son William died December 24, 1909.
She leaves to mourn her death, two sons, George W. of Idalia, Lewis H. of Deming, Washington and three daughter, Mrs. Carrie Hill and Margaret Davisson of Idalia, and Mrs. Martha C. Beck of Sigourney, Iowa. Also eight grandchildren and one great grandchildren with many friends and relatives.
Just before her death she spoke very definitely of her death drawing near and of seeing her children soon on the other shore. May God bless and comfort those who mourn. The funeral was held at the home conducted by Rev. George B. Munns of Tuttle, Colorado. Interment in the cemetery of Idalia, Colorado. (Kit Carson County Record, Jul 14, 1910 transcribed by J.S.)

Again has this community been brought to a realization of the uncertainty of life and the certainty of death. On Saturday  morning about eleven o'clock as Lincoln White was working around the machinery used in sinking the Winegar well south of town a couple of miles, he was stricken with what appeared to be a fainting spell. Mr. White was brought to this city and cared for by friends at one of the hotels, the continued in a semi-unconscious state until about ten o'clock Sunday evening when he passed away. Less than thirty six hours from health and srength to the final penalty that all must pay.
Lincoln White was born near Pella, Iowa, on February 2, 1861, died December 17, 1911, aged fifty years, ten months and fifteen days. The subject of this obituary spent his early life in Iowa, attending the schools of that young state during his pioneer days, and was united in marriage with Miss Olive L. Taylor, one of the pioneers living near Anita, Cass county, Iowa. Mr. and Mrs. White emigrated to eastern Colorado twenty years ago and filed on a homestead some twenty miles north east of Burlington, which has been their home for all these years, a pioneer of Kit Carson county enduring the hardships of a new country during a greater portion of his life.
He leaves to mourn their loss his loving helpmate and seven children, six girls and one son. The children (some of whom were unable to be present at the funeral) are Mrs. May Kreosge of Minneapolis, Kansas, Mrs. Minnie Stevens wife of A.J.  Stevens of Shenandoah, Iowa; Thomas Earl White of near Tuttle, Miss Nellie White, a teacher at Shenandoah, Iowa, and the Misses Laura and Susan, who are at home.
Funeral services were held in the Christian church on Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. Elder C.A. Yersin conducting the impressive ceremony of that Society. Interment was held in the Burlington Cemetery. Many of the early settlers accompanying the remains to the silent tomb where the kind father and loving husband was laid to rest.
We desire to extend our sincere gratitude to the kind friends who so generously ministered to our needs every want during the illness, death and burial of our departed loved one. Mrs. Lincoln White and children. (Kit Carson County Record, Dec 21, 1911, transcribed by J.S.)


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