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David Y. Black of Hutchinson, was fatally injured last Thursday afternoon when he was struck by Missouri Pacific Train No. 314 at Maple street crossing in Hutchinson.

He was picked up by an ambulance and taken to St. Elizabeth's hospital, but he died before reaching there. Mr. Black had left the home of his daughter, Mrs. an Winder, where he makes his home and been gone about 25 minutes when the call came to the home that he had been killed.

Mr. Black was over 91 years of age and except for being crippled with rheumatism was in good health, even for a much younger man. Some who witnessed the accident said that the train did not whistle at the crossing. When the train struck him he caught the guard on the engine where he clung until train stopped. His left side was crushed and he had three broken ribs.

David Young Black was born in august, 1836, in Pennsylvania. He grew to manhood there and was married on January 22, 1861 to Mary Alverda Henderson. To this union ten children were born, two of whom are dead. They are John and Mary. The living children are Mrs. Ida Fox, of Pueblo, Colorado, Mrs. Harriett Watson of Burlington, Colorado; Robert of Los Angeles; Mrs. Nan Winder of Hutchinson; Mrs. Ella Ewing of Midvale, Utah; George Black of Hoisington; Thomas of Penokee; and William of Wilson, Kansas.

The family came to Kansas and lived in Rush county for four years. They next moved to McPherson where they lived for four years, and then they moved out to Gove county. There they lived for some fifteen years and then moved to to Claflin, where Mr. Black lived from then until Mrs. Black died, August 5, 1926, except for a short time spent in Colorado a few years ago. Since his wife's death Mr. Black lived a little while with his daughter, Mrs. Watson at Burlington, Colorado, and for the past few months with another daughter, Mrs. Nan Winder in Hutchinson.

Mr. Black had one arm crushed just after he reached manhood, in a logging accident in Pennsylvania. It was permanently stiffened and bent and he was unable to get into the army duirng the Civil War on the account.

The body was brought to Claflin and funeral services were held at the Methodist church here Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Burial was in the Claflin cemetery by the side of his wife. 

Rev. Braddick was in charge of the services and a large crowd of friends of the deceased pioneer gathered to pay their respects to his memory.

"Daddy" Black as he was usually called here, was an honest, industrious man and a mighty good citizen. He enjoyed the respect and friendship with whom he came in contact, and his death was a loss to many Claflin people who knew him and loved him.

The relatives who were able to be present at the funeral were:Mrs. Winder and daughter of Hutchinson; George Black and wife of Hoisington, Mrs. Jess Mathers, a granddaughter of Mr. Black, and her husband , of Hoisington; Mr. and Mrs. Wm Black of Wilson. (Claflin clarion, July 7, 1927, submitted by Cindy Theimer)


Mary A. Henderson was born in Pennsylvania, Oct 10, 1841 and died in Claflin, Kansas, Thursday, August 5, 1926, aged 84 years, 9 months and 25 days.

She married David Y. Black at Bolivar, Pennsylvania, in 1861. In 1878 they came to Rush county, Kansas and lived there four years. They then moved to McPherson where they lived four years, going from there to Gove county. They came to Claflin about twenty-five yers ago and have been residents ever since then, except for a very short stay in Colorado a few years ago.

Ten children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Black, two of whom are now dead. The living children are Mrs. Ida Fox, St Joseph, Mo.; Mrs. Harriett Watson, Burlington, Colo.; Robert Black, Los Angeles, Calif.; Mrs. Nan Winder, Hutchinson, Kansas; Mrs. Ella Ewing , Salt Lake City, Utah; George Black , Hoisington, Kansas; Thomas Black, from Hill City, Kansas; William Black , Kansas City, Kansas.

The funeral services were held Friday afternoon at the Methodist church in Claflin, ARev. Jones of the Bushton Methodist church officiating, and burial was in the Claflin cemetery.

Mrs. Black was one of the pioneers of western Kansas, and her long and useful life will remain as happy and inspiring memory to her family and friends.

Relatives who were here for the funeral Friday were: Geo Black of Hoisington and his son Fred Black and wife and two children, and his daughter and her husband, Mr. and Mrs. Jess Mathers; Thomas Black from Hill City, Kansas; Mrs. Ida Fox from St. Joseph, Mo.; Mrs. Nan Winters and Miss Mary Winters from Hutchinson. ( Claflin Clarion, August 1926, submitted by Cindy Theimer)


Funeral services were held here Saturday, Rev. Malone officiating, for Little Joan Booker, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Howard Booker.
(Great Bend Plaindealer ~ January 4, 1935 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)


Frank Dodge, 57, 2526 20th, production superintendent for the Alkay Oil Co. here for the past 15 years, died at about 10 p.m. Friday at St. Rose hospital here as a result of a heart ailment. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday from the Bryant-Fryberger chapel here with the Rev. Raymond W. O. Knowles officiating. Burial will be in Golden Belt Memorial Park. Dodge lived in Otis before moving here five years ago. Survivors include his wife, Irene, a daughter, a sophomore at Kansas State College, and a brother, Joe, Oklahoma City. (The Great Bend Tribune, September 29, 1957, submitted by Robert King)


Irene C. Dodge, 75, 1101 Kansas, died April 17 at Central Kansas Medical Center. Born Irene C. Barker Jan. 21, 1913, near Cherryvale, she had been a resident of Great Bend since 1952, having moved here from Otis. She married Frank R. Dodge Oct. 11, 1934, in Osage County. He died in September 1957. She was a retired saleswoman with Cinderella Shoppe and J. C. Penny. Mrs. Dodge was a member of First United Methodist Church. Survivors include one daughter, Jane Miller of Hastings, Neb.; two brothers, Carl Barker of Hesperia, Calif., and Paul Barker of Oklahoma City, Okla.; two sisters, Nadine Sharp of Bartlesville, Okla., and Marguerite Vaughn of Dallas, Texas; and two grandchildren. Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the church with the Rev. John Saville and the Rev. Don Hasty officiating. Burial will be in Great Bend Cemetery. Friends may call until 9 tonight at Bryant-Christian Funeral Home and from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the church. Memorials are suggested to the church. (The Great Bend Tribune, April 18, 1980, submitted by Robert King)


Russell - Galliart, Clara Elizabeth, 95, died Sept. 27, 2004. Service 10:30 a.m. Saturday. First Lutheran Church, Dorrance. Survivors: Sons, Vernon, Kenneth; brother, Hubert Harry; sister, Josephine Springer; 3 grandchildren 2 great-grandchildren. Pohlman-Heise Mortuary. (The Kansas City Star, September 30, 2004)


Mrs. C. L. Gunn dies

Resident of Barton County Since 1875 Dies After Long Illnees

The death of Mrs. C.L. Gunn occurred last night at her home at 2903 Broadway, following an illness that had confined her to her bedsince the first of the year, she was 73 years of age. 

Her death removes the last member of the Elisha Lee family, early day residents of Barton County. She is survived by four children, Walter Gunn of Los Angeles, CA;L.L. Gunn president of Barton County Flour Mills Co., Miss Grace Gunn and Mrs. Herbert Harms of Great Bend and a great many relatives.

Mrs. Gunn was a home-loving woman and had enjoyed in not only seeing members of her own family, but others as well and made it possible for many of them to share in the better things in life. The death of Mr. Gunn occurred in a motor car crash the night of Nov 28, 1930 while he was returning home from his farm in Heizer. His passing left a void in the home at that time had failed to heal. She was a member of the Presbytarian Church and the Home Study Club.

Frances Ann Lee was born Dec. 27, 1862 near Xenia, OH. Her early life was spent in Iowa and in 1875 she came to Great Bend with her parents, who later settled in Clarence Twp. In 1881, she was united in marriage to Charles L. Gunn and to them seven children were born, three preceding their parents in death( a son Charles Francis who died at 2 years of age, a daughter May Gunn who died in 1914 and another son Edwin Ray Gunn who died June 19, 1921)

Prior to her marriage, Mrs. Gunn taught school in district 7, west of Great Bend, and one of her students was George McGill, now a member of the United States senate.

The funeral service will be held Tuesday afternoon at 2 PM from the home and internment will be made in Great Bend Cemetery. (The Great Bend Daily Tribune, February 4, 1935, submitted by Liz Randolph)


Wichita – Avenell Ruth Harms, 70, died May 26, 1997. She was born Feb. 27, 1927, at Maxville, the daughter of Irving and Lettie Arnold Reazin. A Wichita resident, formerly of Salina, Great Bend, Hutchinson and Newton (or surrounding areas), she was a Kansas West Conference United Methodist Church diaconal minister. She married Leonard Elliott. He preceded her in death. She married Duane Harms. 

Survivors include her husband of the home; three sons, Stuart Elliott of Wichita, Kent Elliott of Kansas City, Kan., and Roger Elliott of Lawrence; one stepson, David Harms of Fowler, Colo.; one stepdaughter, Elizabeth Slack of Larned; one sister, Dorthea Miller of St. John; and seven grandchildren. 

Memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the University United Methodist Church in Wichita. Another memorial service will be at 3 p.m. Monday at Grace United Methodist Church in Winfield. Private family interment will take place at Highland Cemetery in Winfield. Memorials are suggested to Southwestern College, 100 College, Winfield, Kan. 67156, or to Volunteers in Mission Trips, in care of University United Methodist Church, 2220 North Yale, Wichita, Kan. 67220. Downing & Lahey Mortuary in Wichita is in charge of arrangements. (Great Bend Tribune, May 29, 1997, Page 3A, submitted by Judy Mayfield)


One of the sudden shocks of the community has been the death of Mrs. M. L. Harrison of this city which occurred yesterday afternoon in Halstead where she had been the last few weeks for treatment. Death was due to a complication of diseases of a malignant nature it is reported.

Mrs. Harrison had been an invalid for a long time past and several months ago spent some time in the hospital at Halstead and came home several weeks ago apparently much improved in health. The family and friends were much encouraged by the improvement in her condition and she was able to be out of the house a part of the time and ride about the city.

A short time ago the temporary improvement ceased and as she commenced to fail she was taken back to the hospital for further treatment. The last few days her critical condition was known to the family and her husband and her daughters were at the bedside when the end came. Other members of the family also arrived there during the afternoon.

Lucy Gunn was a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Levi Gunn of this county, one of the popular and handsome young unmarried women of the community in the days of the Central Normal College. It was there that she met M.L. Harrison and their marriage which occurred on Feb. 4, 1903, was one of the social events of the year. To their union were born five daughters , all of whom survive with their father. They are May, Helen, Wilma, Marian and Florence. She is also survived by four brothers, Chas. L. Gunn of this city, Will Gunn of Smith County, Lewis Gunn of Louisiana, and Fred L. Gunn for many years a resident of this county and recently moved to Attica, KS.

She was a woman of charm and ability and while devoted to her home and family had been until recent years, when health denied her the privilege, taken much interest in her church and in her many friends.

Funeral services at 2:30 pm Sunday afternoon from the Congregational church of which she had been a long time member. (Great Bend Daily Tribune, submitted by Liz Randolph)


Mel Harrison, 80, Dies Unexpectedly at St. Rose

Mel Harrison, a resident of Great Bend and community for 62 years died unexpectedly early yesterday morning at St. Rose hospital where he had been taken a few hours previously following a heart attack at 9 pm Saturday at his home, 2703 Forest. He was 80 years and three months of age.

The funeral service will be held at 2 pm Wednesday from the Congregational church under the direction of the Cook and Weber Funeral Home Rev. John Page, pastor of the Presbyterian church will officiate.

Stroke in 1943

Despite his advanced age and the fact that he suffered a stroke of paralysis in March of 1943, he directed the operation of his farms south and west of Great Bend and had supervised all business transactions involving them. After regaining his strength, following his illness in 1943, Mr. Harrison was able to make virtually daily trips to the business district of Great Bend and to inspect his farms with the aid of his daughter, Miss May Harrison, who drove his motor car. He had a wide acquaintance and enjoyed conversing with friends. He and his daughter were up town Saturday afternoon.

Mr. Harrison came to Barton county in 1885 from Nevada, IA at the age of 18. He taught in the rural schools and also in the public schools at Hoisington and had served the county as county superintendent. At the turn of the century he became interested in farming and followed this vocation the remainder of his life.

He married Lucy Gunn, a daughter of the late Levi Gunn, in 1903 and four years later the family moved from a farm south of the river to Great Bend which has since been the home. The death of Mrs. Harrison occurred in 1927.

Five Daughters

Surviving him are five daughters. Miss May Harrison, who resided with her father at the home on Forest Ave; Mrs. Glen (Marian) Aldrich, 1219 Stone; Miss Helen Harrison, who teaches music in the schools at Dallas; Mrs. R. F. (Florence) Hutchings of San Diego, CA and Mrs. Arch (Wilma) Booth of Washington D.C.; six grandchildren; Joan, Bob and Donald Booth, Jimmy and Susan Aldrich, and Cindy Hutchings and two sisters Mrs. W.W. Finney of Nevada, IA and Mrs. John Thomas of Atchison.

Mr. Harrison was a stalwart and kindly man, wise conservative and fair in his business dealings and a good and loving father. In his younger years, he was actively identified with the civic affairs of the town and county and contributed greatly to the development of this section of Kansas. Having taught school and served the county as superintendent of public instruction, he was always a friend to education and the betterment of these facilities. Friend or opponent found him a hard but straight fighter for what he believed was right. (Great Bend Tribune Nov 10, 1947, submitted by Liz Randolph)


Claflin - Elmer F. Hofmeister, 92, died Feb. 11, 2005 at Great Bend Health and rehabilitation Center, Great Bend.

He was born Sept. 23, 1912 at Dubuque, the son of Frank and Minnie Ahrens Hofmeister. A lifetime resident of Clafin, he was a retired farmer and stockman.

He belonged to the United Methodist Church, serving as former church trustee and was a 50-year member of the Masonic Lodge, No. 424, both at Claflin, and was a 50-year member of OES 420 Chapter, Holyrood. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army, receiving the Purple Heart and Bronze Star.

On October 12, 1947, he married Menta Eahart at Parsons. She survives.

Other survivors include a son, Fred, Claflin, three daughters, Betty Ruhlen and Helen Hawley, both of Lawrence and Phyllis Hofmeister, Hutchinson; a sister, Evelyn Simmons, Claflin, eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a great-granddaughter Emily Mills.

Funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home, Hoisington with the Rev. Leo Thorne and the Rev. Sara DeSalazar presiding. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday and from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Interment will be in Dubuque Cemetery, Dubuque.

Memorials may be sent to the United Methodist Church or the American Heart Association, both in care of the funeral home. (The Hutchinson News, February 12, 2005)


The twin sons of Mr. and Mrs. Bill Jones died Wednesday at birth. The funeral was held Thursday at 4 p.m. Rev. Malone was in charge.
(Great Bend Plaindealer ~ January 6, 1939 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)


Esther Ann Weeks, the daughter of William P. Weeks and Mary E. Weeks, was born in Green county, Iowa, June 3, 1872, and passed away at noon January 29, 1945, in the Atkins hospital, Hoisington, at the age of 72 years, seven months and 26 days

When she was six years old she came to Kansas with her parents in a covered wagon drawn by a yolk of oxen. The made their home in the Shannon community. She endured hardships as well as the pleasant things that the early pioneers encountered.

On November 27, 1890, she was married to John Meharg. They established their home in Fairfield township and resided there these 54 years. Hers was a life spent in the service of the community, her home and children. She has been and active member of the Friends Church and has served as an overseer for many years.

She is survived by her husband J.W. Meharg, and four children, Mrs. Ethel Berry of the Shannon community, Mrs. Peal Chenoweth, Haviland, Mrs Hazel Wilson, Nampa, Ida, and Ray Meharg of Shannon community; also twelve grandchildren, three of whom are in the service of their country. They are Pvt. Walter Lee Meharg, Camp Hood, Texas, Lieut. Floyd Chenoweth, Long Beach, Calif., and T/4 Lester M. Berry, who is serving overseas with the first army somewhere in Europe. She was laid to rest in the Cross Plains cemetery where her father, mother, eight brothers and sisters and infant daughter are resting. (Submitted by Kyle M. Condon)


Allen Michael Wolf, infant son of Kurt and Jill Wolf of Great Bend, died April 16 at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita. He was born April 16 at Central Kansas Medical Center. Additional survivors include a twin brother, Austin, who is at Wesley Medical Center; one sister, Amber of the home; paternal grandparents, Mrs. and Mrs. Jim Wolf of Newton; and maternal grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Ed Brummer of Stockton. Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Thomas Cemetery in Stockton with Rev. Ernest Gallagher officiating. Smith-Moore Funeral Home of Stockton is in charge of arrangements. (The Great Bend Tribune, April18, 1980, submitted by Robert King)


The five month old infant of Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Young died Friday, October 23. Burial was Saturday, October 24, at Great Bend cemetery at 4 p.m.
(Great Bend Plaindealer ~ October 30, 1936 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)


The infant of Mr. and Mrs. Sam Cushenberry died March 12, 1908 and was buried Sunday, March 15, 1908. Rev. J. H. Rainey officiating. (Wichita Searchlight, March 21, 1908, page 5)


Dave Watson died at his home on Kansas Avenue, after an illness of two years, Monday morning at 4 o'clock May 4th. He was a devout christian, belonging to the A. M. E. Church. he leaves a daughter, Mrs. George Childs, to mourn his death. The funeral services were held at the A. M. E. Church, his pastor, Rev. Alexander and Rev. J. R. Ralmey of the First Baptist church officiating. The M. E. choir rendered some beautiful solemn music for the occasion. Mrs. childs being a member of the First Baptist church, the choir of that church rendered the song. "Thy will be Done," very beautifully. A large number of friends were present. The floral designs were beautiful.

Mr. Watson was among the first citizens to settle in Great Bend. His wife died about five years ago. The community joins in extending sympathy to Mrs. Childs. (Wichita Searchlight, May 18, 1907, page 8)


Great Bend – Miss. Lulie Elliott, 55, of northwest of Hoisington, died Saturday at St. Rose hospital. Resident of Barton county for many years, she lived with her brother, W. A. Elliott. Other survivors were Charles and Leo Elliott, brothers, and Mrs. C. E. Hazen and Miss. Margaret Elliott, sisters. The funeral was to be held today, with burial at Olmitz. (Hutchinson News Hutchinson, Reno County, Kansas Monday, August 17, 1936
page – 8 *** column – 7 submitted by Rose Stout)


Kansas City, MO. --- Solomon H. Popp. 69, died Friday at Kansas City as the result of injuries suffered in a car accident here. Born April 22, 1900, in Barton County, he was a retired Missouri-Pacific Railroad employee. He had lived here 12 years.

He was a member of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Kansas, City.

Survivors include the widow; sons, Richard, Hutchinson; Marvin, Hays; Lavern, St. Joseph, Mo.; William, Hoisington; Billy, of the home; daughters, Mrs. Alice Foster, Great Bend; Mrs. Velma Boepple, Ellinwood; brothers, Peter, Otis; William, Galatia; Emil, Paul and Ben, all of Russell; Herman, Hoisington; Siegfried, Tripoli, Arabia; sisters, Mrs. Ida Ochs, Garden City; Mrs. Matilda Kraft, Great Bend; Mrs. Pauline Maier, Ness City; Mrs. Rachel Nuss, Hoisington; 16 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren.

Funeral will be 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home, 1st and Green, Hoisington; Rev. G. Weise. Burial will be a t Schoenfield Cemetery, Hoisington. Friends may call after 9 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. (Hutchinson News Hutchinson, Reno County, Kansas Sunday, March 9, 1969 page – 30 *** column – 5 submitted by Rose Stout)


Walter Gunn Dead

Aged Heizer Resident for 25 years Dies Saturday Evening

Walter Fisher Gunn for 25 years a resident of the Heizer community died at his home at the age of 78 years, three months and nine days.

Funeral services will be held tomorrow morning at 10 am at the Cook and Weber Mortuary with Rev. Paul Bockoven officiating. Burial will be in Great Bend Cemetery.

Mr. Gunn, who came to Kansas from Illinois, was a farmer. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Hattie Gunn, one son Howard of Grandview, CA and two daughters, Mrs. Thomas Suddarth of Gardner and Mrs. F.E. Meyer of north of Great Bend. Other survivors are a daughter-in-law, Mrs. Edith Gunn of Ponoma, CA and a sister-in-law Mrs. C.T. Leslie of Des Moines, IA. (Great Bend Tribune, August 16, 1943, submitted by Liz Randolph)


Levi Gunn, one of the oldest and most highly esteemed citizens of Barton County died at the family home seven miles west of this city early this morning following an illness of the long duration.

Funeral services will be held at the family home Friday afternoon, March 11 at 2 o'clock and internment will be made in the Everett cemetery.

Mr. Gunn leaves to mourn his loss four sons and one daughter, besides other relatives and a host of friends among whom he was held in the highest honor and esteemed. The children are Charles L. and Fred Gunn and Mrs. M.L. Harrison, of this place; J.L. Gunn of Bonami, LA; and Will Gunn of Jewel County, KS.

Mr. Gunn was born in Franklin County, MA, July 2, 1833 and had lived until 8 years of age. The family moved to Illinois and it was there that he grew to manhood. With his wife (his second wife) and family he came to Barton county in the early seventies, moving once to the farm west of this city where he has made his home. He was a man of energetic disposition and of high ideals and noble character and was such as a citizen as the community can ill afford to lose and his death will be sincerely mourned among a large circle of acquaintances. (Great Bend Daily Tribune, March 1921, submitted by Liz Randolph)


Funeral services for Harry Martin 67, Sterling Trailer courts, will be held Friday at 10 a.m. from the Cook and Weber funeral home. The Rev. Cecil Swindle will officate. Burial will be at Chautaqua, Kan. Martin, a resident of Great Bend and the surrounding vicinity for the past 22 years was killed Tuesday afternoon in a two car collision near Seward. His is survived by two brothers, Lee, of Marysville, Ida.; Marion of Elk Falls, Kans; and one sister Mrs. Becky Carson, Yrieka, Calif. (Eureka)

Note: Son of George Washington and Mary Elizabeth (Thompson,) Martin. (March 9, 1955, submitted by Kyle M. Condon)


Garnett Man Dies - Garnett, Kan., - Larry Feurborn, 19, of Garnett was killed early Sunday when his car went over an embankment and overturned near Garnett.

A passenger, Donna Prachi, 18, of Westphalia, was treated for minor injuries. (Western Kansas Press, November 1, 1966, page 2)


Hoisington, KS – Esther Florence Schriner, 63, died Saturday at Central Kansa Medical Center, Great Bend. Born Esther Florence Wagner May 27, 1916, at Otis, she was married to Lawrence Schriner at Hutchinson. He died Oct. 1, 1964. 

She was a member of Church of God; Women of the Church of God, both of Great Bend. 

Survivors: son: Larry, Hoisington; daughters: Mrs. Fred Marlene Heim, Wakeeney; Shirley, of the home; sisters: Mrs. Ben Steitz; Mrs. Fred Schlegel, both of Otis; seven grandchildren. 

Funeral will be 3 p.m. Monday at the church; Revs. Dick Ogle; Fred Heim. Burial will be at Hoisington Cemetery. Friends may call 2 until 9 p.m. Sunday and 9 until noon Monday at Nicholson – Ricke Funeral Home, Hoisington, and 1:30 p.m. until service time at the church. Family suggests memorials to the church. (Hutchinson News Hutchinson, Reno County, Kansas Sunday, December 30, 1979 page – 24 *** column – 2 submitted by Rose Stout)


Death From Hydrophobia. 

On Monday, October 25th, 1880, Rosa A. H. Payne, wife of Edwin C. Payne, of Great Bend, Kansas, aged forty-one years. 

Mrs. Payne’s death was from the most horrible and dreadful cause imaginable, Hydrophobia and was the result of a wolf bite received about five months since. For several days previous to Thursday night of last week, the deceased had been slightly indisposed but there was nothing to indicate that the poisonous and fatal virus was permeating her entire system. About eleven o’clock, on the evening above mentioned, Mr. Payne was aroused from slumber by a disturbance made by his wife, who was taken suddenly in one of the most violent convulsions, and was springing from one side of the bed to the other and in the most frenzied manner exclaiming “there’s that wolf!” Springing from the bed she continued her wild and demoniacal exclamations and accompanied by fearful contortions of the body and frantic efforts to free herself from the several persons who were endeavoring vainly to restrain her, the members of the family having come to Mr. Payne’s assistance. The convulsions followed each other in rapid succession for several hours and were only stopped after the arrival of physicians who administered chloroform. It required several strong men to restrain her and prevent her from biting and scratching others, whilst in convulsions, which continued at intervals until the forenoon of the following Monday when she was freed from her horrible condition by death, and her spirit was wafted to that borne where no pain or anguish ever enters. A “mad stone” in the possession of Mr. N. R. Holmes of this city was applied but not until after the horrible disease had obtained the mastery over all human efforts. --- Great Bend Democrat. (Hutchinson News (Weekly) Hutchinson, Reno County, Kansas Thursday, November 11, 1880 page – 5 *** column – 3 submitted by Rose Stout)

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