Clark County Illinois
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Ephriam H. Nichols
Ephriam H. Nichols was born in Clark county, Illinois June 10, 1837 and died in St. Louis, Mo., March 30, 1904, age 66 years, 9 months and 20 days.
He enlisted as a soldier in the civil war and served three years in the Second Illinois heavy artillery. He was married to Miss Margaret Elbe in 1864, to this union were born five daughters of whom four with their mother live to mourn the loss of a kind father and husband.
Soon after his discharge from army service he attended school at Bloomington and prepared himself for teaching, which profession he followed for a few years in Illinois and later in Kansas.
He came to Kansas in 1867 and to Elk county in 1871 residing for many years in Elk Falls. He taught in the public schools of Howard and elsewhere in the county, but later on he began contracting as a stone mason and all over Elk county there are enduring monuments to his skill and fidelity in erecting piers, walls and other stone work.
For many years he and his wife were connected with the M. E. church, but embraced the Christian Science faith.
Mr. Nichols was an Odd Fellow, a Mason, and a member of the Grand Army of the Republic but allowed his membership in these orders to lapse.
Mr. Nichols was highly respected throughout this country and many friends deeply sympathize with the stricken family.
His body was brought to Elk Falls for burial April 1st. Funeral according to the Christian Science rites took place at the Baptist church. A brief address by Elder Hill followed and then escorted by his old comrades, the last sad rites took place at the cemetery where his body lies until the last great trump shall sound. Soldier rest in peace.
[Elk County Citizen, April 13, 1904 - Submitted by L. Morgan]

Reuben Harrison Nichols
County Name: Clark State: IL Date: 1921
Submitters Name: Kyle M. Condon
Obit: Served in the Civil War
Buried in Chanute, Kansas
Obit- Judge R.H. Nichols died at his office in Woodward, last Sunday morning, at 1:30, of acute indigestion. He had been at Buffalo attending District Court and had returned home Saturday night. About 1:00 o'clock he called his law partner, S.M. Smith, saying he was very ill and asking that he come to the office and bring a doctor. Mr. Smith responded at once but all efforts were unavailing and death came at 1:30.Reuben Harrison Nichols was a son of Clark and Phoebe Nichols and was born in Clark County, Illinois, March 14, 1841. When the Civil war broke out he enlisted in Battery B, 2nd Illinois Artillery, serving with distinction till 1864, when he became a member of Gen. Hancock's Veteran Reserve Corps, in which organization he served as a dispatch messenger, and to him were entrusted many messages, the delivery of which involved the utmost hazard. While in this service it was Mr. Nichols' privilege to carry a message to President Lincoln and he treasured his meeting with Lincoln as one of the great moments of his life.After the close do to the war he took up the study of law and in 1868 was admitted to the bar. The same year, on June 13th he was married to Miss Olive Moffitt. To this union two daughters were born.Removing to Kansas, Judge Nichols established a large practice and was recognized as one of the best attorneys in the state, earning a reputation for square dealing and upright manhood that won recognition  and he was elected in 1871 to the House of Representatives and in 1876to the Kansas State Senate. He was an ardent advocate to temperance and while serving in the Kansas Senate, introduced and put thru the amendment that made Kansas the first prohibition state in the Union.
About ten years ago Judge Nichols came to Woodward where he resided till his death, practicing law here, as where he had formerly lived, exemplifying in his life the highest principles of manhood and patriotism.
He was an orator of more than usual ability and was in demand for addresses on many occasions.
He was a member of the Methodist church, of the Masonic and Odd Fellow lodges and of the G.A.R.
He is survived by his wife and one daughter, Mrs. F.W. Sherwood, of Iola, Kansas.
Funeral services were conducted at Chenoweth's Parlors Monday afternoon, by his pastor, Rev. R.D. Pool, who paid tribute to the distinguished service the deceased had rendered and the beneficent influence of his life. The casket, draped with the Flag for whose protection he fought, was covered with flowers whose beauty and perfume were a token of the high esteem in which the deceased was held by friends and associates, whose sympathy is extended the bereaved family.
The remains were shipped to Chanute, Kansas, Monday night for interment beside the daughter who died three years ago.

County Name: Clark State: Ill
Newspaper: The Moline Advance Date:  March 31, 1921
Submitters Name: Kyle M. Condon
Obit: Reuben Harrison Nichols
The Moline Advance - March 31, 1921
R. H. Nichols Dead
  R. H. Nichols, one of the pioneers and the first lawyer in this county, died Saturday at Woodward, Oklahoma. He had moved from Woodward to Iola, Kansas, but had gone back to finish his law business in the March term of court at Woodward. Mrs. Nichols was with him at the time. He came to Elk County in 1869 and settled on a claim near Elk Falls. He was one of the founders of Elk Falls. He served in the civil war and was at one time state senator. He was an able lawyer and a brilliant orator.
The Moline Advance - March 31, 1921


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