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Beale, George Harvey

Co D 23rd Ill. Vol. Inf.

October 15, 1840

July 8, 1922

Baxter Springs Herald

Section G3 - Baxter Springs Cemetery

George Harvey Beale, 81, died Saturday morning at 9 o'clock at his home in Spring Valley Township, five miles west of Baxter Springs on the Chetopa Road. Mr. Beale moved to this vicinity from Illinois in 1882 and has resided here forty years. Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon from the home with burial in the Baxter Springs Cemetery beside his wife who died five years ago. Four sons, A. F. Beale, Colville, Wash., W. D. Beale, Washutna, Wash., G. H. Beale, Kismet, Kan. and S. C. Beale, Baxter Springs, and three daughters, Mrs. Minnie Murphy, Miinot, S. D., Mrs. Grace Murphy, Two Buttes, Colo., and Mrs. Sarah Lamb, Nowata, Okla. survive.
Beathon, Donald

Co K & E 8 Ill. Vol. Inf.

Born in Glengary, Canada 1835

March 12, 1912

Cherokee County Republican

Section E1 - Baxter Springs Cemetery

At home, March 12, 1912 at noontime, suddenly stricken with apoplexy. Donald Beathon, by will power as well as skillful treatment appeared to retain life until he could greet his son who arrived and was recognized a few moments before "Taps" sounded Thursday morning for another soldier who marched under "The Old Flag in "61." Rev. Plumb conducted funeral services at the family home, and comrades of the G. A. R. accompanied the remains and took charge at the cemetery. Donald Beathon was born in Glengary, Canada West Dec. 16, 1835 and when 13 years old came to New York to make his way alone, going from there to Illinois always working and educating himself. When the call for men came he gave up a successful business to go to the front, enlisting at Peoria, July 21, 1861 taking part in the following battles - Fort Donaldson, Shiloh, Raymong, Champion Hill, Grant's first charge at Vicksburg and siege of Vicksburg. Discharged at Springfield, Ill. in 1864 he re-enlisted at Chicago in the 8th Reg. U. S. Veterans and his works "Played Soldier" around New York harbor and Washington until expiration of service in 1866. October 6th, 1864 he was married to Miss Essie Anna D. Johnston at Rock Island, Ill. Locating at Traverse City, Mich., in 1866 he again entered business employing a number of men and at the height of success was seized with the western land fever and in 1873 moved to a homestead near Larned, Kansas, bringing to Paqnee County the first imported horse stock. After a siege of grasshoppers and dry years he succeeded in raising a great wheat crop and sold out, going to what was then called "The Front" and in 1878 placed the first government filing on a farm ranch a mile west of cimarron. Bringing the first registered horses and cattle and planting the first field to crop in Foote, New Gray Co. The raiding Cheyennes in '78 and many prairie fires along with those character who always opposed settlers were a test of courage and he ever held his own and gained ground. Later he made a success in the hotel business, building and owning the Redfront in Cimmarron where he retained his home in Baxter, where he has since resided. Through seventy six years of life always paying in full every debt when due and daily living an honest virtuous life full of family love, he granted to all men their rights and brooked no interference with his. Courage and loyalty were his by nature and with a pure heart and the record of an ever clean lief; his spirit peacefully entered the future. To the wife of 47 happy wedded years and one son Norman D. of Black Lake, Idaho, are let these dear memories. Another old comrade was mustered out on Thursday last when Donald Beathon died at his home in the west part of town, after a short illness. Mr. Beathon was 76 years of age and formerly carried out a tailoring establishment in Baxter. He is survived by a wife and son, Norman. Funeral services were held from the residence last Friday. Interment at City Cemetery. Card of Thanks: Mrs. Donald Beathon and son express their sincere thanks to the many neighbors, fraternity members, G. A. R. comrades and friends, who at all times by work, and deed encouraged and helped them during the illness, death and burial of their husband and father.
Bingham, George

Co G 106 Ill. Vol. Inf.

May 23, 1840

July 15, 1900

Cherokee County Republican

Section L3

Geo Bingham, and old and well known resident of the Indian Territory died at his home four miles south of Baxter, Sunday, July 15. Interment was made Monday July 16th in the Baxter Cemetery
Coldwell, J. A.

Co D 62nd Ill. Inf.

January 29, 1843

January 4, 1915

Cooper, John Milton

Co K 16th Ill. Inf.

December 11, 1841

November 18, 1914


Section N2 - Baxter Springs Cemetery

February 7, 1929 Newspaper Article "Lockal Word Sketches"
While Baxter Springs has been the abiding place of many worth while men, some of whom are among the living, a vote of all its citizens if such a vote were taken would probably fame John M. Cooper, merchant, banker, capitalist, humanitarian. Other may have traveled more widely, hoarded more wealth; gained a greater degree of knowledge on certain things, or have been heard from farther from his home, but Cooper probably lives more fully in the hearts and lives of his friends and fellow townsmen than any one of them. He served his town, his community, his state and his country faithfully and although he conducted business enterprises in Baxter Springs for 46 years, it is practically impossible to find a man or woman throughout the district who will speak a word of censure against his memory. John M. Cooper was a power in the mercantile world as well as in financial circles and yet he would not use that power to destroy a weaker rival, old timers say, even though he might himself prosper by the act. He has been known to have assisted opposing merchants to get on their feet and prosper in business, competing with him for trade when by turning a thumb down they would have been eliminated fromt he struggle. Mr. Cooper came to Baxter Springs in 1868 and opened a grocery store at Park Avenue and Tenth street, where the Baxter Hotel now stands. Later he added general merchandise and moved to Military Avenue and Eleventh occupying a building on the present sites of the Baxter National Bank and Baxter State Bank. Still later he moved to Military and Twelfth where the Ritz theater now stands. T. Connor who began working for Mr. Cooper in 1882 is still associated with the Cooper Estate, he having been appointed a trustee soon after Mr. Cooper's death. He worked in the Cooper store for fifteen or sixteen years. Fred Bartlett, Postmaster, was employed in the Cooper store for 25 years. Business associates of Mr. Cooper say that he lost fortune in bad debts because he would not push his claims when his debtors were in hard circumstances. He assisted all public improvement movements and was locally famous for his philanthropy. He served his home town as mayor two terms; was several years a councilman and was president of the Interstate Reunion Association, which held reunions here annually for about thirty years. Mr. Cooper was born in Pike County, Ill., Dec. 11, 1841. He enlisted in the Union Army when he was twenty years old and served his country gallantly for two years. He began business in Salem, Ill., but soon came west. Before leaving Illinois he married Miss Emily Little. Mrs. Cooper died in July 1904. Having been associated in the mining business for years before the boom in Oklahoma and Kansas, Mr. Cooper added to his land holdings on both side of the Kansas line, about six miles west of Baxter Springs until he ownded hundreds of acres on which are now located many valuable diggings. Among them the Blue Bird, Early Bird, Southern, Muncie, Big Elk, and Tar Creek. Mr. Cooper died Nov. 18, 1914.
Cooper, Joseph H.

Pvt. Co D 7th Rev. Vol. Inf. Ill.

September 5, 1843, Pike Co., Illinois

September 25, 1932 Joplin, MO.


Section D1

wife - Annie - Father Isaiah Cooper - September 26, 1932, Baxter Springs Citizen and Herald Joseph H. (Uncle Bob) 89 years old died at St. John's Hospital at Joplin, Mo. At 5:25 Sunday afternoon after an illness of one month. Mr. Cooper was born in Pike County, Ill. Sept. 5, 1843 where he grew to manhood and joined the Army enlisting in Co D Seventh Illinois Volunteer Infantry. Coming to Baxter Oct. 11, 1867 while a young man, Mr. Cooper spent several years on his homestead near Treece but later moved to Baxter Springs where he became associated with his brother John M. Cooper in the grocery business. He was an active member of the Grand Army of the Republic. When Mr. Cooper came to Baxter Springs there was only one builing south of Ninth Street, a frame store building on the present location of the Barnsdall Filling Station. A saw mill was operated where the R. E. Murdock residence now stands and the post office was located on the present location of the Charles L. Smith home. For twenty years, Mr. Cooper had made his home with his nephew John I. Cooper. He is survived by two daughters, Mrs. C. A. Shinn of Seneca, Mo. and Mrs. Charles Stroup of Joplin and two sons, John M. Cooper of Seneca and Joseph H. Cooper of Carthage. Funeral services will be held from the Christian Church at 2:30 Thursday afternoon with the Rev. Geo Jones officiating. Burial will be made in the Baxter Springs Cemetery
Duff, Wm.

Co A 99th Ill. Vol. Inf.


March 11, 1909

Baxter Springs Citizen & Herald

Section 03 - Baxter Springs Cemetery

Wm Duff aged 71 years died Tuesday morning at his home in the south part of this city. He was an old soldier and a member of the 99th Vol. Ill Inf. His niece Mrs. Frank (Susan A. Staton) Nicholas, arrived from Schell City, Mo to attend the funeral which takes place from the residence Thursday at 10 a.m. under the auspices of Baxter Post. Wife - Martha
Duran, John

Pvt. Co H 73rd Ill Inf

October 20, 1843

June 12, 1912

Cherokee County Republican

Soldiers Lot - Grave #46 - Baxter Springs Cemetery

John Duran was born in Pike County, Ill October 20, 1843, died in this city, June 12, 1912. He enlisted in Co. H 73rd Ill. Infantry where he served three years and was honorably discharged at Quincy, Ill at the close of the war. March 20, 1866, he was married to Dorothy E. Cohenour and to this union was born six children, five of whom are living. Mr. Duran was converted at the age 18 and joined the M. E. Church and has lived a consistant christian life, and during his illness expressed a willingness to go. The funeral was held at the residence Thursday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Brakebill of the M. E. Church. Interment at the City Cemetery.
Flanders, Orrin J.

Co. K 78th Ill. Vol. Inf.

November 6, 1834

February 21, 1910

Cherokee County Republican

Section S1 - Baxter Springs Cemetery

O. J. Flanders aged 74 died in this city Monday. He was an old soldier and quite well known having farmed west of the city some years. Wife - Julia
Garman, John W.

Co. D 35 Regt Ill. Inf.


December 1, 1900

Cemetery Records

Soldiers Lot - Baxter Springs Cemetery

Garrett, John H.

Co. B 15th Ill Vol. Inf.

December 5, 1830, Cleveland, Ohio

July 24, 1902

Cherokee County Republican

Section M2

John H. Garrett died at his home in this city after a lingering illness at 11 o'clock a.m. Thrusday, July 24, 1902, aged 71 years, 7 months and 19 days. Mr. Garrett was born in Cleveland, Ohio on December 5, 1830 and for the last 35 years has resided in this city except a short time spent in Webb city, Mo. His wife, Amanda survives him. In his early years Mr. Garrett was a sailor and has visited in the course of his travels every important port in the world. At the age of 19 he visited China. During the war he served his country as a sailor and marine and the time of his death was a member in good standing of Baxter Post No 123 G. A. R. He was also a member of Baxter Lodge No 71 A. F. & A. M. having long been a member of this order. In the early days he served as a member of the city council of Baxter Springs, and always took a great interest and a leading part in all public projects and enterprises. Mr. Garrett had a wide circle of acquaintances and friends who will mourn his departure and long hold him in remembrance. it has been said of him that no person in need ever made a vain appeal to him for assistance and at the same time has been known to relieve the distresses of those who would have borne their misfortunes in silence. Although a great sufferer for years he has always been uniformally cheerful and kind to those with whom he came in contact and when the crew became known that he was too ill to ever again appear on the streets there was sorrow very wide spread. Funeral services will be held this afternoon at his late home on Main street conducted by Rev. A. Cullison and the Masons. Burial will take place in Baxter Cemetery. Father - Andrew Garrett born in England - Mother - Mrs. Garrett born in U.S.
Hanback, Albert G.

Co. C 145th Ill. Col. Inf.


September 2, 1922

Cemetery Records

Section Q3

Hayne, James E. (H. C.)

Co. G 12 Ill. Cav.

April 22, 1829

May 26, 1895

Cherokee County Republican

Soliders Lot - Baxter Springs Cemetery

H. C. Haynie a veteran of three wars who lived in the south part of town died last Saturday night and was buried Monday by the G. A. R. post of this city. He served in the Florida war, the Mexican war, and the rebellion and his body bore the scars and marks of many a hard battle. He owned a farm somewhere in this state and has only been in Baxter a short time. He leaves a wife and one daughter, here to mourn his death. Wife - Sarah
Hedrick, John (Solomon C.)

Co. G 58th Ill. Vol. Inf.

August 22, 1829

September 1906

Cherokee County Republican

Section B2 - Baxter Springs Cemetery

Monday a neighbor of John Hedrick went to the latters house to get a plow and found the old man lying dead on the kitchen floor where it appeared he had been for several days. The body was lying face down and there a large pool of blood under the head. The man was last seen on Tuesday the 18th six days previous to the finding of the body, and he must have been dead several days as one of his cows had perished for want of water. Justice Price went out and viewed the remains and ordered them brought to town where a post mortem was held. Mr. Hedrick lived all alone at the Swalley Farm, 4 miles west. He has a daughter named McCollum living near Melrose. After the body was brought to the city, the doctors decided the old gentleman died from heart trouble, and that an inquest was unnecessary and consequently the remains were interred Tuesday morning. Mr. Hedrick was an old soldier and was well fixed. He had been coaxed for some time to go live with some of his children, but desired to live alone. He was the father of nine children, most of whom are boys and live in the far west.
Hyland, Wm. Capt.

Co. D 4 Ill. Vol. Inf.

February 4, 1891

September 1, 1878

Cemetery Records

Johnson, Wallace

Co. H 34th Ill. Inf.


October 6, 1918

Baxter Springs Herald

Wallace Johnson, age 82, a member of Baxter Springs G. A. R. died at the home of his son-in-law Charles E. Hayworth at Picher, Okla., Friday afternoon, September 27. Funeral services were held at the home Saturday at 2:30 p.m. Burial was made in the Baxter Cemetery Soliders Lot.
Laduex, John

Co. H 42nd Reg. Ill. Inf.



Funeral Records

Section 1 - Baxter Springs Cemetery

Large, H. P. Sergt.

Co. A 112 Ill. Vol.

January 22, 1840

May 25, 1907

Cemetery Records

Soldiers Lot - Baxter Springs Cemetery

Mapes, Elsworth

Co. K 129th Ill. Inf.

December 29, 1839

March 16, 1919

Baxter Springs Daily Citizen

Ellworth Mapes was born Dec. 29, 1838 at Mt. Pleasant, Pa. Died Sunday March 16, 1919 of cardiac dilation at National Military Home, Kansas wither he went in December to be treated for an affection of the eyes. At the age of 14 years the deceased moved with his parents from Pennsylvania to Moline, Ill. where he grew to manhood and was married to Hannah Godlow. To this union one son was born, Chas. W. Mapes of Portland, Oregon. The wife died, in 1865. August 27, 1892 he was married to Mrs. Sarah E. Swank and to this union one child was born Elsworth E. Mapes of this city. Mr. Mapes with his family moved to Kansas in 1894. Besides his wife and the two sons mentioned he leaves five stepchildren. Mrs. Don Fenton of Miami, Okla., John Swank of Port Bryaon, Ill., Mrs. O. N. Young of Two Buttes, Col., Mrs. F. H. Bartlett of this city and Ed S. Mapes with the A. E. F. also two sisters, Mrs. A. L. Henderson of Rock Island, Ill., and Mrs. L. E. Kidder of Monmouth, Ill. Funeral services were conducted at the home on Lincoln Street this afternoon conducted by Mrs. Lou Love of Galena under auspices of Baxter Lodge No. 235 I. O. O. F. after which the remains were interred in the Baxter Cemetery Soldiers Lot.
Palmer, T. J.

Co. G 34th Reg. Ill.


November 23, 1896

Cherokee County Republican

Soldiers Lot - Baxter Springs Cemetery

Died in Quapaw Reservation, Indian Territory. Buried under the auspices of the Grand Army of the Republic Soldiers Lot.
Price, David Andrew

Co. G 28th Ill. Inf.


April 22, 1927 in Aurora, Mo.

Baxter Daily Citizen

Soldier's Lot #61 - Baxter Springs Cemetery

David Andrew Price an old Civil War soldier, age 83 years died at his home at Aurora, Mo. April 22, 1927. Price's body arrived Sunday morning April 24 on the 9:55 p.m. train and was received by the Harvey Undertaking Co. Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the home of his daughter Mrs. George W. Skinner at 8th and Park. Burial was in the old Soldier Plot in the Baxter Springs Cemetery. He was an old soldier and member of the local G. A. R.
Price, J. S. Capt.

Reg. 79th Ill. Vol.

December 25, 1832

April 27, 1908

Cemetery Records

Sanders, James M.

Co. K 7th Ill. Inf.




Section 8 - Baxter Springs Cemetery

Schoonover, Cp. O.

Co. C 9th Ill. Vol. Cav.

May 25, 1843

Otober 8, 1900


Soldiers Lot - Baxter Springs Cemetery

Smith, Charles Herbert

Co. F 132 Ill. Vol. Inf.

February 6, 1845 - Illinois

January 19, 1917

Cemetery Records

Worked as a carpenter. Father - Curtis Smith, born Vermont; Mother - Lucy M. Willard born Vermont
Smith, Orin M.

Co. F 25th Ill. Vol. Inf.


August 16, 1909

Cherokee County Republican

Soliders Lot - Baxter Springs Cemetery

Born in Midway, Mass. In 1841, died in Baxter Springs, Kas, August 16, 1909. When a young man he taught school, was a member of company F 25th Illinois Infantry, was wounded in the service and lay many weeks in the hospital. Was married to Sabina Schoonmaker, August 20, 1865 at Paxton, Ill. Two children were born of this union, one died in infancy, the other grew to womanhood dying several years ago. Mr. Smith was a fine painter by occupation. He was a kind husband and a good neighbor, and will be sadly missed by the G. A. R. Besides the mourning wife he leaves one brother, and several nephews and nieces to mourn his departure and a host of friends. The funeral was conducted by Rev. Cottingham of the Christian Cuyruch of which deceased was a member. Mrs. Smith and relatives have the sympathy of the entire community.
Traner, Peter H.

Co. K 1st Ill. L. A.


Section D1 - Baxter Springs Cemetery

VanFossen, Arthur    

June 14, 1878


Soldiers Lot

VanFossen, Luther

Co H 1 Regt. Ill. HV Art.


December 6, 1892


Soldiers Lot - Baxter Springs Cemetery

Weaver, Thomas C.

Adjt. 53rd Ill. Vol. Inf. Veteran XC895497

July 14, 1840, Indiana

May 19, 1934

Baxter Springs Citizen & Herald

Section B1

Thomas Weaver 93 years old Civil War veteran and pioneer resident of this city died at 8:20 Saturday morning at his home 422 East Fiftenth street following an illness of two months. Up to the time of his illness, Mr. Weaver apparently enjoyed good health and took an active part in all affairs of the city. His death reduced the membership of the Baxter Springs G. A. R. post to two members. He was born in Indiana July 14, 1840 going into Illinois with his parents as a child where he grew into manhood. He enlisted at Clinton, Ill in August 5, 1861 serving four years. During service he was transferred from the 14th Regulars, Illinois Volunteers to the 53rd Infantry, Illinois Volunteer and promoted from Adjutant to Sergant-Major. He was married to Miss Phoebe Ellen Scroggin September 20, 1870 coming to Kansas fifty-two years ago where he has since made his home. He was engaged in the merchandising business and later became a rural mail carrier until retired two years ago. He also served as a justice of the peace and as city treasurer. He has always been active in all of the G. A. R. activities and was an officer of the reunion association. he was a member of the G. A. R. Post No. 123 W. R. c. and of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Surviving are two daughters; Mrs. Olive E. Anderson of Baxter Springs and Mrs. Nellie G. Peake of Winston-Salem, N. C. Two brothers, C. F. Weaver of Stoninton, Ill and H. V. Weaver of Mount City, Calif. Three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 2:30 o'clock this afternoon at the Methodist Episcopal Church under the auspices of the American Legion Post. The Rev. W. A. Hubbard pastor will read the sermon. Burial will be in the family plot in the Baxter Springs Cemetery. Wife - E. Weaver - Father - George Weaver; Mother - Phoebe Allen Moss

Source: The Civil War Soldiers buried in Baxter Springs Cemetery is a project that Earleene Spaulding spent countless hours and money researching. She's graciously allowing us to place her work on the Genealogy Trails websites, for which we are very grateful.


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