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Obituaries and Death Notices

George W. Neill
This account of the life and death of George W. Neill was given in the Clay Center Times:  The life story of George W. Neill is most interesting.  It has chapters filled with hardships and adventure; it shows an indomanible  will never to give up, and to always look on the bright side.  It is the life span of a sturdy pioneer who actually saw this country transformed from a vast prairie land to modern cities and fine country homes.  He enjoyed life in his own way and always had an interesting story of early days to tell his friends.  There is a sadness in the passing  of George W. Neill, and others of his generation, because they served their community well, and leave a worthy heritage to their children and grandchildren.  George W. Neill was born on May 10, 1850, near Coulterville, Illinois, living there until he reached the age of 15 years.  In the spring of 1866 he went with other emigrants to Colorado, making the trip with ox teams, which took three months.  They located where the town of Greeley now atands and he then went to school at Loveland.  His first teacher there is still living, they have kept in touch with each other through the years.  In the spring of 1871, he came to Clay county, Kansas, taking up a homestead south of Hebron, later going into business at Republican City in partnership with George H. Fullington of Milford.  When Clay Center started to build, they gave up the store and Mr Neill moved to a farm on Lincoln Creek, where he engaged in farming and stock raising..  He was united in marriage to Alice Pinkerton at Republican Cit, and to this union five sons were born, four of whom survive.  In the spring of 1905  Mr. & Mrs Neill left the farm to make Clay Center their home, where they have since resided.  His quality of character made him a highly respected  citizen, and his genial personality won for him the admiration of many friends.  He was a member of the Presbyterian church of Clay Center, having united on confession of faith on August 1, 1900.  Had he lived until May 10th, he would have reached the age of 87 years.  He is now survived by his wife, four sons and their families, and a daughter-in-law, Mrs Maude Neill of Kansas City.  The funeral service was held at the Presbyterian church, burial was made in the Greenwood cemetery.    [NOTE: He was one of a  set of twin boys born to Matthew and Sarah, Cherry, Neill.  His twin turned a pot of hot coffee on himself at about 4 yrs. and died] [Clay Center Times (Kansas), 1936 - Sub. by Kathyrn Todd]

J. R. Neill
J. R. Neill, one of the pioneer residents of this community, died at his farm home east of town. Thursday afternoon.  The funeral services will be held at the First United Presbyterian Church, tomorrow, Saturday, morning at eleven o'clock.  Complete obituary notice will be published next week....
[NOTE:  No later obituary was found] [Coulterville Republican?, Dec. 9, 1917 - Sub by Kathyrn Todd]

Rev. Matthew L. Neill
Rev. Matthew L. Neill, formerly of this community, died at his home in Iowa the first of the week.  The body was brought to Coulterville, Thursday afternoon and services were held in the United Presbyterian  church  with Rev. F. R. McLean officiating, after which interment was made in the Coulterville cemetery.  At this funeral service the following obituary notice was read:             Matthew L. Neill, son of James and Catherine Neill, was born February 14, 1880, at Coulterville.  He passed away at his home in Donnellson, Iowa, after a few days illness, February 19, 1929, aged 49 years, 0 mon., and 5 days.   Being reared as a farm boy, his preparation for life's work was the usual grade school courses, followed by four years high school.  His special preparation for the ministry was a four year course at Monmouth College, which was followed by a four year course at the seminary at Pittsburg, Pennsylvania.  On June 12, 1912, he was united in marriage to Mary E. Ervin and to thie union one daughter Elizabeth R. was born.  Soon after the marriage, Rev. and Mrs. Neill began their service in the ministry.  The first appointment being at DeWitt, Iowa.  This service continued for a period of seventeen years and included one year  at Camp Dodge in Y.M.C.A. work during the World War.  Rev. Neill's success as a pastor was aided by a wonderful gift in personality and friendliness.  Anyone could talk to him and no one doubted the sincerity of his friendship.  He took much interest in all the activities of his community and he specially enjoyed working with Boy Scouts.  At the time of his death he was a member in good standing of the Masonic fraternity.  He leaves to mourn his departure, his wife and daughter, his aged mother, who is afflicted with blindness; four brothers and three sisters.  The brothers are: William, Arthur, and Moffat of Marion, Iowa and Forrest of Oakdale.  The sisters are: Mrs. Della Robinson and Mrs Sadie Carson of Oakdale and Mrs. Clara McKelvey of Coulterville.
[Unknown newspaper, Feb. 1929 - Sub. by Kathyrn Todd]


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