Butler  County,  Kansas


Short Funeral Service Yesterday

The still-born daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clare Patterson was given the name Clarice Aletha. A short service was held at the grave site yesterday afternoon at 4 o'clock. Burial was at the Andover cemetery.
(The Augusta Gazette ~ March 23, 1938 ~ Submitted by Marland Boucher)


Albert Mansfield Patterson was born September 10, 1866 at Cascade,(Dubuque Co.) Iowa, and departed this life March 15, 1945, at the age of 78 yrs six months and five days. He came to Kansas in 1900 and to Butler County October 1900, where he spent the rest of his life as a farmer.

He became a member of the Methodist church early in life. He was married to Lillie Harris September, 8, 1898 at Little Blue, Mo. To this union were born 11 children, one son preceded him in death, Francis Lee, who did Feb 17, 1942.

He had been in failing health for several years but not till January did he become inactive and was seriously ill for several weeks but was able to be up and about when he became quite ill again on Sunday and on Thursday evening ,he passed quietly away, conscious to the last. he was a rugged and
very active of pioneer stock.He was devoted to his home and family. He was quite gifted musically and loved to laugh. No matter how ill he could always see something to laugh about.

He is survived by his wife, Lillie; four daughters, Constance Urban of the home, Lillie Opperman and Alberta Dagel of Augusta, Lovey Boucher of Wichita; six sons, Loy of Inglewood, Calif, Ryle of Sacramento, Calif, Clive and Ross of Wichita, Fay of Van Nuys, Calif and Clare of Augusta; 15 grand- children, the oldest, Verl Dagel, is with the infantry in Europe.

The service was held at the Dunsford Funeral Home on Monday afternoon in chaxge of Rev Alfred H Tebben, pastor of the Augusta Methodist church. Mrs David Peebler sang " When the Roll Is Called Up Yonder" and "There Is A Land That Is Fairer Than Day".

Interment was made in the Elmwood cemetery.

The family has the heartfelt sympathy of the entire community In their loss.

A precious one from us is gone, A Voice we loved is still.

A place is vacant in our home which never can be filled.
(The Augusta Gazette ~ About March 20, 1945 ~ Submitted by Marland Boucher)


Patterson Services Held On Saturday

The death of Mrs. Lilllie Martha Patterson, 67, occurred early this morning in Allen Memorial hospital in El Dorado following an illness of three years. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 2:30 p. m., in the Dunsford chapel with interment in Elmwood cemetery. Rev. B. B. Hinkson will conduct the service.

Mrs. Patterson was born in Blue Springs, Mo. daughter of D.R. and Henrietta Dalton Harris.She had 14 siblings. Lillie married A. M. Patterson September 8, 1898 at Little Blue, Mo. and they had 11 children.He died March 15, 1945.

The following children survive: Mrs. Connie Urban, Mrs. Lillie Jackson, Mrs. Alberta Dagel and Clare Patterson of Augusta, Mrs. Lovey Boucher of Fredonia: Loy of Englewood, Calif.,, Ryle of Sacramento, Calif.; Clive and Ross of Wichita,, Faye of Van Nuys, Calif. Surviving sisters are Mrs. Lottie Norris and Mrs. Blanche Norris of
Lees Surnmitt, Mo.; Mrs. Pearl Welch, Mrs. Myrtle Grounds, Mrs. Clara Howard of Independence, Mo.; Mrs. Lucy Harris of Kansas City.

Before coming to Butler county In 1900, the Pattersons lived in Kansas City, Kansas. She was a member of the Baptist church.
(The Augusta Gazette ~ August 4, 1948 ~ Submitted by Marland Boucher)


Beulah White, 78, retired seamstress of O'Fallon, Ill., formerly of Augusta, died Wednesday, April 18, 2001.
Her funeral service will be at II a.m. Monday, April 23, at Hillside Funeral Home of Augusta.
Visitation can be made from I to 6 p.m. Sunday, April 22, at the funeral home.

Mrs. White is survived by daughter and son-in-law, Betty and Gene Carroll of O'Fallon, Ill.; brothers and sister- n-law, Earl and Armetha Boucher of Altoona and Raymond Boucher of Augusta; grandchildren and spouses, Julie Lynn and Sean Hobson of Belleville, Ill., Toni Lee and Michelle Carroll of O'Fallon, Ill.; 5 great-grandchildren.
A memorial has been established with the American Cancer Society.
Hillside Funeral Home of Augusta is in charge of arrangements.
(Submitted by Marland Boucher)


Fred Cox, 19 Drowns At Area lake

A rural Augusta youth drowned yesterday afternoon while on an outing at the Courtney Davis lake. located about 10 miles southeast of Newton.

Fredrick Marvin Cox, Jr., 19, son of Mr. and Mrs. Fredrick Marvin Cox of Route , Augusta, was found at the bottom of the lake about 8 o'clock last night. Harvey county sheriff officers said the Cox boy had been at the lake with two cousins, Charles Boucher, 29, and Jerry Boucher, 17. The officers said the three became separted and the Bouchers returned to Augusta thinking that the Cox youth had gotten a ride home with some other boys. The officers said when the Bouchers learned that Cox had not come home they contacted the youth's parents. Mr. and Mrs. Cox went to the lake to look for their son. When the youth was not located a search of the lake started.

Courtney Davis, owner and operator of the lake , said the boy's body was found in the water by Kenneth Larah of Valley Center shortly after 8 o'clock. Mr Davis said two of the life guards, Joe Aldendiefer and Kenneth Becker removed the boy's body from the water. An attempt to revive the boy with oxygen failed and he was pronounced dead by the Harvey county coroner.

Mr. Davis said the drowning occurred outside the posted swimming area and the witnesses said Cox had been diving near the area where the body was located. The lake owner said nine life guards and two deputy sheriff officers were on duty at the lake yesterday. He also said that all the picnic tables near where the Cox boy's body was found were being used most of the day.

Mr. Davis said a cut behind the Cox youth's right ear was still bleeding when the body was pulled from the water. He said it is surmised that Cox dived into the water and struck a concrete embankment which lines the entire lake. The lake owner went on to say that the blow behind the ear apparently knocked the youth unconscious, resulting in the drowning.

Mr. Davis said this is the first drowning at the lake since about 1956.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday morning at 10:30 at the Dunsford Funeral Chapel, conducted by M. R. Montgomery.

Fred Cox was born December 15, 1943 at Wichita. He graduated from the Augusta high school in 1962 and had been employed at the Plaza IGA store.

Survivors include his parents, a sister, Betty Paulette of the home, and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Cox of Aurora, Missouri., and grandmother, Mrs. Flora Boucher of Augusta.

Casket bears will be Darrel Dennett, Bill Daigh, Mike Smith, Lloyd Conner, Paul Wilkens and Mac W. Bonds. Honorary bearers are Bart Mayer, Larry Barg and Gary Rush.
(The Augusta Gazette - July 8, 1963 - Submitted by Marland Boucher)


Charity E. England-Clapp was born September 11, 1881, in McGriffin, Co., ILL., and died Sunday, September 21, 1913, at 4 p.m. being 82 years, 1 week and 3 days old. The cause of her death was heart trouble.

She became a member of the Baptist church in early life. And for the past few years has made her home with her daughter, Mrs. N.D. Hyde in Augusta. Two sons and two daughters, F.M. Rice of Missouri, J.H. Rice of Wellington; Mrs. M.E. Long of Wichita; Mrs. N.D. Hyde and several grandchildren mourn her loss.

Funeral services will be held at three this afternoon at the home of Mrs. N.D. Hyde. Burial will be made in Elmwood cemetery.
(The Augusta Gazette ~ September 22, 1913)


Funeral services were held at the Augusta Baptist church September 3 at 2:30 p. m. for Harley 0. Boucher, who passed away at his farm home at rural Fredonia, August 31 after an illness of several years. Rev. Benjamin Hinkson was in charge of the services. His comforting words were greatly appreciated by those who mourn his passing. The immediate survivors are his wife, Flora, of the home; daughters, Mrs. Forest (Ethel) Broomfield, Mrs. Marvin (Beulah) Cox, sons, Charley, Harley and Raymond of Augusta and Earl of', Fredonia; 17 grandchildren and, three great grandchildren; a sister, Ella Warrender,,brothers, Bert and. Henry of Augusta and Charley of Rose Hill area. There are many nieces and nephews. Burial was at Elmwood. Members of the family have told us that Mr. Boucher had undergone much suffering the past year, that he was patient and very appreciative of all done to help him bear his pain. He was so thoughtful of his companion who was con- stantly at his bedside. His children were with him as often as possible as was his sister, Ella who was there when he passed away. The Boucher family lived in the Central church by the lake neighborhood years ago. Later moving to the Farmers Point school district, just north of the Dennett corner where they- resided for some time. Four years ago they sold this place and moved to Fredonia. Our first recolection of the Boucher family is at Central Baptist church some 30 years ago. Harley was a member of that church.
(The Augusta Gazette ~ September 3, 1951 ~ Submitted by Marland Boucher)


Flora Iola Boucher, 91, Lamar, Missouri, former Augusta resident, died Saturday. Flora was the daughter of Milburn and Mary Theetge. She married Harley O. Boucher September 2, 1903 at White Station.He
proceeded her in death.

Survivors: sons, Earl of Lamar, Charles and Raymond, both of Augusta, Harley of Broken Bow, Oklahoma; daughters, Mrs. Beulah White of Kenoma, Missouri, Mrs. Ethel Broomfield of Jay, Oklahoma, sister, Mrs. Jessie Conover of Talpa, Texas.

Services at 2 p.m. Wednesday, with Dunsford Funeral in charge. Interment at Elmwood cemetery.
(The Augusta Gazette ~ Submitted by Marland Boucher)


A. C. Theetge was born in the state of,New York, June 19, 1828. When but a young man be went to Dearborn county, Ind., where he was married to Mary J. Milburn, July 10, 1853. To this union six children were born, three of whom have passed away, leaving two girls and one boy, with their mother to mourn their loss. He and his family moved to Douglass, Kans., on Nov., 7, 1876, residing there until Feb. 4, 1902 when he moved to Augusta where he departed this life, Nov. 8, 1902, at the age of 74 years, 4 months and 17 days.

Aged Citizen Gone

Andrew Clinton Theetge died at his home in the south part of town Saturday night at 9:o'clock.

The funeral was held from the residence, Rev. E. A. Howard of the First Bapist church conducting the services.

Andrew Clinton Theetge was born in New York state, June 19, 1928. He resided in Indiana before coming to Kansas. He was a Douglass resident for several years, coming to Augusta only a short time ago.
(The Augusta Gazette ~ November 10, 1902 ~ Submitted by Marland Boucher)


Mrs. Theetge Succumbs

Word was received in Augusta Sunday telling of the death of Mrs. Mary Jane Theetge, wife of A.C. Theetge, yesterday morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. C.M. James in Chanute. She was almost 85 years old.

She had been suffering since Christmas with a complication of diseases.

Mrs. Theetge will be remembered by a number of Augusta residents. She made this city her home for about ten years, living in the south part of the city. She left here about four years ago, first going to live with a daughter in Douglass and then going to Chanute.

The body will be brought to Augusta on the Sanat Fe tomorrow morning and taken to Elmwood cemetery, where there will be short services by the Rev. W.D. James of the Baptist church.
(The Augusta Gazette ~ March 20, 1916 ~ Submitted by Marland Boucher)


Harley R. Boucher died in Arkansas

Harley Ross Boucher, 72, Broken Bow, Okla., brother of Raymond Boucher of Augusta, died Saturday, September 27, 1986 in DeQueen, Ark.

His funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Dunsford Funeral Home. Rev. Burl Allison Jr. will officiate and burial will be in the Elmwood Cemetery.

He was born Oct. 12, 1913 in Augusta to Harley 0. and Flora Iola Theetge Boucher.

He married Belle F. Knupp. She preceded him in death in 1975.

He was a retired Oklahoma State Park employee.

Other survivors include a brother, Earl of Lamar, Missouri., , and a sister, Beulah White of Kenoma, Missouri.

A son, Jimmy, a sister, Ethel Broomfield, and a brother Charley, also preceded him in death.
(The Augusta Daily Gazette ~ September 30, 1986 ~ Submitted by Marland Boucher)


Graveside Services For Mrs. Boucher Saturday

Mrs. Harley (Belle) Boucher, 71, a former long time resident of Augusta, died at her home in Broken Bow, Oklahoma, on Wednesday.

She was a well known artist and teacher of art in the Augusta area.

Funeral services were at 10:00 a.m. this morning in the Norwood- Welch Chapel, at Idabel, Oklahoma. Graveside services are scheduled for 11 o'clock Saturady morning at the Elmwood Cemetery, in Augusta. Dunsford's Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

She was born on August 16, 1904, in warren, Pennsylvania.

Her survivors include: her husband, Harley R. Boucher; one sister, Mrs. Inez Johnson of Augusta, and a niece Mrs. David Black of Augusta.

A son, James Oscar Boucher preceded her in death.
(The Augusta Gazette ~ November 28, 1975 ~ Submitted by Marland Boucher)


Boucher Baby Funeral Services

Funeral services were held this afternoon at the Dunsford chapel for James Oscar Boucher, 16 month old son of Mr. and Mrs. Harley boucher, Jr. The baby died suddenly yesterday while enroute to the Allen Memorial hospital in El Dorado. The cause of the death was unknown. The baby was the only child of Mr. and Mrs. Boucher. mrs. Boucher was Belle Knupp, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jake Knupp, before her marriage.
(The Augusta Gazette ~ February 23, 1939 ~ Submitted by Marland Boucher)


Alberta Dagel, Gazette writer, Dies at 78

Alberta Dell Dagel, 78, Route 1, former Lakeview News writer for The Gazette, died Friday at St. Joseph Hospital in Wichita.

Services were at 2 o'clock this afternoon at the Dunsford Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Vernon White, former pastor of the First Baptist Church, officiating. Burial was in Elmwood Cem..

Through her writing, Mrs. Dagel linked Augusta and the area to the oil camp days, kept readers abreast of news about her family and neighbors, offered tried and true recipes and philosophies.

She was born April 17, 1900 in Kansas City, Missouri, as a daughter of Albert M. and Lillie Harris Patterson.

She married Virgel E. Dagel on May 1, 1923 in a ceremony at Wichita. He survives.

She began working as a rural correspondent for The Gazette in 1932. Ill health forced her to quit writing the popular Lakeview News column in recent years.

Mrs. Dagel was a member of the First Baptist Church of Augusta and the American Legion Auxiliary.
Alberta started working at a young age to help support her family which included seven brothers and three sisters.

She worked as a housekeeper and waitress before she married.

During her life, Alberta was active on election boards as well as volunteer work for Red Cross, area schools and other organizations.

She worked as a wife and mother on a farm caring for neighbors, newborns and their mothers, her brothers and sisters.

During the oil boom days, the Dagels lived and worked in Browntown, south of Augusta. She wrote with authority about oil camp life in Browntown, Haskin's Camp, Millertown and early day Augusta.

"We'd have big square dances at the recreation hall. We were all the best dancers and we never had a lesson," Mrs. Dagel recalled in a Gazette feature earlier this year. Box suppers were another highlight of the "good old days" for the hard-working homemaker, her family and friends.

Workers in the oil fields slaved 12 hours a day, seven days a week at their jobs. Eventually, the workers were given one day off a week, but never a holiday unless it happened to fall on that precious day off, Alberta said.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. Dagel leaves a son, Verl E. Dagel of Augusta; three brothers, Allie Fay Patterson, Van Nuys, Calif., Clive Patterson, Wichita, and Clare Patterson, Augusta; three sisters, Mrs. Lillie Jackson, Toronto, Mrs. Lovey Boucher and Mrs. Constance Urban, both of Augusta; five grandchildren, Yolonda Nicely, Teresa Renton, Larry and Michael Preweft, all of Fort Collins, Colo., and Arlana Shaul of Wichita, and five great- grandchildren.
(The Augusta Daily Gazette ~ Submitted by Marland Boucher)


Mrs. Verl Dagel Dies At Home near Augusta

Mrs. Verl Dagel died suddenly early yesterday evening at her home, west of Augusta, of carbon monoxide fumes. Dunsford's Funeral Home is in charge of funeral arrangements. Burial will be in Elmwood cemetery.

Mrs. Dagel was a native of Oklahoma. She was a collector of folk songs of the west..and before
her marriage was in movie work and Little Theatre work as.well. Her stage name was Kandy Kathryn Kane. She was born Geraldine Leslie Norris. Mrs. Dagel was also a member of the National Rifle association and attended matches in this area.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two daughters, Arlana M. and Yolonda C. of the home.
A more complete story will appear later. The time of the services is pending.
(The Augusta Gazette ~ February 10, 1961 ~ Submitted by Marland Boucher)


Virgel Dagel dies in Wichita

Virgel Elmer Dagel, 84, Route 1, died today at St. Joseph Medical Center in Wichita.

His service will be at 10: 30 a.m. Friday at the Dunsford Funeral Home. Rev. Galen Hinshaw will officiate and burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery.

He was born Sept. 11, 1899 in Rose Hill to William and Melissa Dennett Dagel.

He married Alberta Dell Patterson May 1, 1923 in Wichita. She preceded him in death.

He was a retired Cities Service oil field pumper.

He was a member of the Church of Christ. He served in the military during World War II.

He was a member of the Doughtery Fraternity.

Survivors include a son, Verl E. Dagel of Augusta; sisters, Viola Chance of Fowler and Dolly Hinshaw of Rose Hill; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
(The Augusta Gazette ~ July 17, 1964 ~ Submitted by Marland Boucher)


Father Of Two El Doradoans Dies

Charles E Boucher, 93, of Derby, Kansas, died Sunday at Allen Memorial Hospital. He was the father of William Z. and George E Boucher, both of El Dorado.

Mr. Boucher had lived most of his life in and around the Douglass community.

He was born, April 24, 1870 at Columbus, Ohio, and was married October 8, 1912. His wife Lena, died in 1961.

Survivors include four daughters, Mrs. Martha Cody, of Augusta, Mrs. Ruby Mahlandt, of Douglass, Mrs. Ethel Rickard and Mrs. Eleanor Leap, both of Newton; five sons, William and George of El Dorado, Henry of Douglass, Virgil of Augusta, and Jack of Derby: two brothers, Henry and Albert, both of Augusta; a sister, Mrs. Ella Warrender, Augusta; 23 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. at the Hilyard Funeral Home at Douglass. Interment will be in Elmwood cemetery at Augusta.
(El Dorado Times ~ about July 15, 1963 ~ Submitted by Marland Boucher)


Mrs. Lena Boucher of Douglass Dies

Funeral services will be held at Hilyard Chapel at Douglass Friday afternoon at 2 for Mrs. Lena Boucher of Douglass who died last night in the El Dorado hospital. Robert Thomas of the Cumberland Community church will be in charge. Interment will be in Elmwood cemetery in Augusta.

Mrs.Boucher entered the hospital nine days ago. A native of Alta Vista, Kans. where she was born May 21, 1893, she was married to Charles Boucher at Augusta on Oct. 8, 1912. The couple lived in the Bloomington and Douglass communities all their married lives.

Besides her husband, Mrs. Boucher is survived by nine children. They are William, George and Mrs. Eleanor Leap of El Dorado; Mrs. Martha Cody of Augusta; Mrs. William Mahlandt, Henry and Virgil of Douglass; Mrs.. Ethel Rickard of Newton; and Jack of Derby. There are 24 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Also surviving are two sisters and four brothers.
(El Dorado Times ~ December 20, 1961 ~ Submitted by Marland Boucher)


Boucher Services Tuesday Afternoon

Mrs. H.E. Boucher, 71, died suddenly April 1 at her home and funeral services will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. in the Dunsford Funeral Home. She resided at 1103 State Street.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. Boucher is survived by the following children - Mrs. Herman Ingold, Augusta; Mrs. Ed Moser, Wichita; Mrs. D.R. Parks, Eureka; Dwight Boucher, Augusta. Surviving brothers and sisters are: Rev. Glen Griffith, Nampa, Ida.; Mrs. N.L. Reed, Mrs. Roy Nace, El Dorado; Mrs. Will Cannon, Rosalia; Mrs. Lou Hart, Wichita; Mrs. O.F. Starkey, Augusta. There are 16 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Boucher was born in Marshalltown, Iowa, her marriage to H.E. Boucher took place in 1885 at Leon. She has been a resident of Butler county since 1875. Her membership was the Christian church and she was a member of the Rebekah lodge.

Rev. LeRoy Hay will conduct the service Tuesday. Burial will be made in Elmwood cemetery.
(Augusta Gazette ~ April 2, 1944 ~ Submitted by Marland Boucher)



Funeral services will be held at 10:30 Wednesday morning at the Dunsford Funeral Home Chapel for Henry Ellsworth Boucher, 99 who died at the Augusta Community Medical Complex Sunday. The Rev. Burl Allison Jr., will conduct the services. Interment will be in the Elmwood cemetery.

Henry Boucher was born September 3, 1872 at Columbus, Ohio; the son of George and Sarah May Boucher. He was married to Bird Griffith in 1895 at Leon. She preceded him in death in 1944.

Mr. Boucher came to this area from Ohio in 1874 and moved to Augusta in 1921to operate a dairy.

Survivors include a son, Dwight Boucher of Lakewood Colorado; three daughters, Mrs. Marie Ingold of Augusta, Mrs. Lillie Moser of Wichita and Mrs. Gertrude Parks of Eureka; a sister Ella Warrender of Augusta; 15 grandchildren, 43 great-grandchildren and 13 great-great-granchildren.
(Augusta Gazette ~ April 24, 1972 ~ Submitted by Marland Boucher)


Milburn Theetge Dies

Milburn Theetge died at his home at 305 Clark Street this afternoon at 1:45. He had been confined to his bed since returning from the home of his daughter in Neodesha a week ago. Mr. Theetge had been in poor health for a number of years. He was 59 years old.

He was born May 10, 1854, the son of Andrew Clinton and Mary Elizabeth "Kent" Theetge. Survivors are his wife and three daughters. His father and two sons proceded him in death.

Funeral services will be held from the family residence Friday morning at 10 o'clock, the services conductedby Rev. A. H. Ponath of the Methodist church. The Odd Fellows will have charge of the services at Elmwood cemetery.
(Augusta Gazette ~ November 19, 1913 ~ Submitted by Marland Boucher)


Mary Elizabeth Kent was born in Wood Hill, Illinios, October 1, 1860 and departed this life at her home on Clark Street, Augusta at the age of 76 years, eight months and 26 days.

Mary and Her parents came to to Kansas and settled on a farm west of Douglass when the child was 12 years old. They remained on the farm until 1895 when they moved to Douglass.

On February 8, 1877, Miss Kent was united in marriage to Mr. Milburn Theetge and to this union, six children were born, three of whom died in infancy. Those remaing to survive the parents are Mrs. Carrie Tucker of Neodesha, Kansas, Mrs. Flora Boucher, of Augusta, Mrs. Jesse Conover, of Pampa, Texas. Mrs. Theetge leaves one half-sister, Mrs. Nettie Curry, of Atlanta, Kansas: 10 grand children and 18 great-grandchildren and many friends.

Mrs. Theetge was a member of the Methodist church for many years and when she moved to Augusta, united with the Baptist church of which church she was a member at the time of her death.She was always active in church work as long as her health would permit. She was gracious help in times of sickness in her earlier days. She has fought a good fight, she died in faith. She has gone for her crowning.
(Augusta Gazette ~ June 30, 1937 ~ Submitted by Marland Boucher)


Patterson Funeral Monday

Ross W. Patterson, 66, Wichita, died today at St. Francis Hospital in Wichita.

Funeral services will be at 2:30 Monday afternoon in the Immanuel Baptist Church of Wichita with Rev. John Click officiating and burial in the Elmwood cemetery here.

He was born April 21, 1911 at Benton, a son of Albert Mansfield and Lillie Martha Harris Patterson. He and the former Leona G. Applegate, who, survives, were married in a cerernony at Augusta on Feb. 9, 1934.

The 1929 graduate of Augusta High School retired from Boeing Aircraft Co. at Wichita in 1973.

Other survivors include two sons. Marion Ross Patterson of Wichita and Albert Dow Patterson of Anchorage, Alaska; three brothers, Clive M. Patterson, Wichita: A. Fay Patterson, Van Nuvs, Calif., and Clare Patterson, Augusta; four sisters, Alberta Dagel, Lovey Boucher and Connie Urban, all of Augusta and Lillie Jackson, Toronto. Kan.. and eight grandchildren.

The Dunsford Funeral Home of Augusta is in charge of arrangements.
(Augusta Gazette ~ March 25, 1978 ~ Submitted by Marland Boucher)


AUGUSTA - Patterson, Leona G. (Applegate), homemaker, beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, passed into the presence of her Lord on April 9, 2004. Visitation 1 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dunsford Funeral Home; service 2 p.m. Thursday, First Southern Baptist Church; interment will follow in Elmwood Cemetery. Mrs. Patterson was born April 15, 1916 in Christian County, Missouri to the late Lorenza and Myrtle (Parker) Applegate. She was raised in Augusta. She was a member of the Immanuel Baptist Church of Wichita for many years, then transferred her love of Christ to First Southern Baptist Church of Augusta. Preceded in death by her husband, Ross W. Patterson; 6 brothers and 2 sisters. Survivors: sons and their wives, Marion and Judy Patterson of Lancaster, California, Albert and Linda Patterson of Anchorage, AK; sister, Effie Young of Springfield, Missouri; grandchildren, Jeri Anderson of Anchorage, AK, Randall Patterson of Sarasota, Florida, Leah Wahl, Kendall Patterson, Lisa Patterson all of Wichita, Angela Patterson of Seattle, Rebecca Patterson, Pamela Webb both of Anchorage, AK, Donna Bloomfield; great-grandchildren, Matthew and Adam Patterson, Brian Wahl, Jennifer Wahl, Shelby Johnson, Prima Webb, John Webb, Amanda Winans, Christopher Winans, Glenna Bloomfield, Alex Bloomfield, Emy Bloomfield; many nieces and nephews.
(Wichita Eagle ~ April 13, 2004 ~ Submitted by Marland Boucher)



Sarah May Boucher died at 9:25 this morning at her home on Walnut Street after an illness of several months. She was born in Pickway County, Ohio, September 13, 1842. She is survived by the following children: Mrs. Mary E. Reed of Oklahoma City, Okla., Charles Boucher of Douglass, Mrs. Ella Warrender, Henry, Albert and Harley Boucher of Augusta. There are 26 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Boucher had lived in Butler County for a number of years coming here from Franklin County, Ohio, in 1885. Her husband, George Boucher, passed away 28 years ago. She was a charter member of the Christian Church. Funeral services will be held Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock in the Christian Church, with Dan E. Smith, pastor, in charge of the service.
(The Augusta Gazette ~ 19 June 1933)


George E. Boucher died ( September 8, 1904 )at the home of his son, Henry Boucher, seven miles north of town, Thursday morning at 9 o'clock.Deceased was 67 years old and died of Paralysis. He had been in poor health for several months but his condition was not considered serious until Monday.

Geo. E. Boucher has lived in Butler county for 19 years and leaves several children, all grown, to morn his loss. He was born November 10, 1839, in Franklin Co., Ohio, the son of Timothy and Marry "Barrows" Boucher. He was the fifth of eight children born to this couple.

The funeral will be held from Henry Boucher's residence, Friday at 2 o'clock.
(Wichita Eagle ~ About September 10, 1904 ~ Submitted by Marland Boucher)


Flossie was born to Amos and Elizabeth (Clapp) Boucher on May 11, 1890.

She grew up in Augusta, She married Lyman A. West on December 24, 1910 at her parents home located at 138b Broadway Street, Augusta, Kansas.

Flossie and Lyman had no children.

The personification of woman hood at its best was Flossie Boucher West. She contributed much to the better things that were found in Augusta that time. She was loyal to family and her home, and to her church, Methodist, and the clubs were which were fortunate enough to claim her as a member. She was modest to the tenth degree. When lovely flowers ornamented the Church on Sunday, is was usually done by Flossie. When a place was needed to hold a meeting, or a reception, or party. Flossie would let her house be a the disposal for such things.

Flossie died September 6, 1953, and is buried in the Augusta Elmwood Cemetery Mausoleum.

Although her place could never be filled in the home or in the circles her memory would linger in those she left behind, but her memory will linger in annuals of Augusta, Kansas history.
(Submitted by Marland Boucher)


A former mayor of Augusta, Fred Spencer, died yesterday at the age of 93 at the Augusta Medical Complex after a long illness.

Mr. Spencer, who was born and raised in Augusta attended rural country schools and Augusta High School until 1904 when he went to California to work for the postal service and the Santa Fe railroad.
He returned to Augusta in 1914 to take ownership of a blacksmith shop previously owned by his father-in-law.

With the oil boom just getting underway Mr. Spencer employed seven blacksmiths to accommodate the needs of the Augusta area. He soon after began making trailers, which were in large demand on the oil fields.

The trailer manufacturing business continued to grow until 1950 when he sold his interest in it and it was renamed Loadcraft, Inc.

Mr. Spencer was mayor of Augusta from 1947 until 1950. He served on the Augusta Housing Authority from its inception in 1966 until the present.

He was a charter member of the Augusta Rotary Club since 1918 and on the board of directors of the Prairie State Bank since 1920.

He was also a member of The Mystic Tie Lodge number 74, the AF and AM Wichita Consistory and the Midian Shrine Temple.

Mr. Spencer was active in the area Boy Scouts Quevera Council, the United Fund and the Augusta Chamber of Commerce. He was instrumental in the construction of the Augusta Medical Complex.
He is survived by his sister, Mrs. Carrie Long, of Oklahoma City Oklahoma, and his sister - in - law, Mrs. Ethel Spencer of Augusta.

His wife, Bertha died in June 1952.

Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Dunsford Chapel in the Dunsford Funeral Home. The Reverand John Saville will be in charge of the services.

Interment will be in the Elmwood Mausoleum, Augusta, Kansas.
(Augusta Gazette ~ June 21, 1976 ~ Submitted by Marland Boucher)


Mrs. Spencer Dies Tuesday Afternoon

Augustans were saddened yesterday afternoon when the news was released that Mrs. fred Spencer (Bertha) had died. Although in failing health, the news of her death came as a shock.

Mrs. Spencer was a woman devoted to her home. She was a homemaker and only recently moved with her husband into their new home on North State street. The home was a "dream house" her idea of what one should be. She enjoyed the last months of her life - before ill health in the past few weeks caused her much pain and discomfort. She will be missed greatly by a large group of friends and relatives.

Bertha Walker Spencer was born January 2, 1886, in Augusta, the daughter of henry B. Walker and Mollie Carr Walker. Her marriage to Fred G. Spencer took place in Shawnee, Okla., April 20, 1910. She was a member of the Methodist church, Chapter AF of the P.E.O., Sisterhood and Order of the Eastern Star.

Survivors include her husband, a half-brother, Charley Walker of Augusta, an aunt, Mrs. Mattie Hanes, of Shawnee, Okla. and several cousins.

Funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Dunsford Funeral Home. Rev. Victor A. Major will conduct the services and burila will be made in the Elmwood mausoleum.

Active pallbears will be Cecil Varner, R.A. Cox, Noah Morris, O.R. Fowler, Lisle Carr, Charles Spencer, Guy B. Johnson and Harol D. Harrison. The honary pallbears are R.A. Haines, Dr. Harry Lutz, George Smith, W.D. Thomas, W.W. Cron, Dexter Congdon, Ralph Varner, ward Smith and Edward Safford.
(Augusta Gazette ~ June 4, 1952 ~ Submitted by Marland Boucher)


George Orr Services Here On Friday

George Willette Orr, 68, died suddenly of a heart attack at his home at Rock last evening at 5:45 o'clock. Mr. Orr had made a business trip to Douglass during the day. He was a brother-in-law of Frank, Ed and Charley Varner of Augusta and had other relatives here.

Mr Orr was born at Cisne, Ill., November 26, 1872. His first wife, Mary A. Orr, died June 20, 1924. He later married to Mrs. Ella Varner McDougal on September 4, 1926 in Henderson, Ky., who survives him. Survivirs are also his children, Mrs. Lorne Chapman, of Cisne, Ill., and George Lester Orr of Winchester, Ky.; a sister, Mrs. Grace Yates of Rinard, Ill., and five grandchildren.

Mr Orr came to this county in 1926 from Cisne, Ill. He joined the Christian church at Gunion, Ill. He was a retired farmer.

Funeral services will be held Friday at 2 p. m. at the dunsford chapel in Augusta. Rev. George Watts of Douglass, will be in charge. Interment will be in the Elmwood mausoleum. Pall bears will be reidents of Rock.
(Augusta Gazette ~ March 5, 1941 ~ Submitted by Marland Boucher)


Marion Spencer Dies Rites at 3 Thursday

Funeral services will be held at 3 o'clock Thursday afternoon at the Dunsford Funeral Home Chapel for Marion Osborn Spencer, 80, who died Tueday at the Augusta Medical Center. The Rev. John Saville will conduct the services. Entombment will be in the Elmwood mausoleum. Masonic services will be conducted at the mausoleum.

Marion Spencer was born March 29, 1894 at Augusta. The son of James Henry and Sophia (Grassley) Spencer. He was married to Ethel B. Downing in the Methodist parsonage at Augusta on July 21, 1917.

He retired in 1962 as production manager of the former Spencer Loadcraft trailer firm in Augusta. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, and the Masonic Lodge, American Legion, and V.F.W.

Survivors include a brother, Fred Spencer of Augusta and a sister, Mrs. Carrie Long of Oklahoma City, Okla.

All Master Masons are asked to be at the lodge at 2:15 Thursday to attend the services.

A memorial has been established with the First United Methodist church.
(August Gazette ~ January 8, 1975 ~ Submitted by Marland Boucher)


A. T. Boucher Funeral On Tomorrow Afternoon

Last tributes will be paid Amos T. Boucher, tomorrow afternoon at 2:30 o'clock when funeral services will be held at the Methodist church under the direction of the Rev. Jesse C. Fisher.

Burial will be made in Elmwood Cemetery under the direction of the Dunsford Funeral Home.

Mr. Boucher died yesterdy morning at 12:30 o'clock, after two weeks' illness and relapse of influenza. He was 66 years of age. he is survived by is widow and four daughters. Mrs. Nora Hyde, Mrs. Fern reed, Mrs. Flossie Fuller, and Miss Ethel Boucher. He lived in this community for forty-one years.
(The Augusta Gazette ~ April 9, 1926 ~ Submitted by Marland Boucher)


Boucher Services Held On Sunday

The death of Mrs. Emily Boucher occurred at 9:45 o'clock this morning at her home. She was 77 years old. Her husband, Amos T. Boucher died April 8, 1926.

Mrs. Boucher was the daughter of John and Elizabeth Clapp and was born May 27, 1863 in Wiltshire, England. She came to America with her father when four years old and settled at Pleasant Corners, Ohio. Her marriage occurred at Munden, Ohio, on August 24, 1882. Three years later they came to Kansas and resided on a farm, six miles west of Augusta for 21 years, moving to Augusta in 1906.

Mrs. Boucher was a member of the Methodist church. On September 11, 1938, while on her way to church she fell and fractured her hip and has been confined to her home ever since that time. Her interest in the welfare of her church has continued since that time.

Surviving are four daughters, Mrs. Nora Hyde, Haysville, Mrs. Flossie West, Mrs. Fern Reed and Mrs. Ethel Foudry, Augusta; and five grandchildren. The grandchildren are: Verne Hyde, Haysville, Forrest Hyde, Austin , texas, Maxine, Gerald, and Lyle Reed of Augusta. Two sons, John Wesley and Ralph Elvin preceded her in death.

Funeral services will be held at the Dunsford chapel Sunday at 2:30 p. m.
(The Augusta Gazette ~ January 10, 1941 ~ Submitted by Marland Boucher)


AUGUSTA - Patterson, Jessie B., 85, died Nov. 7, 2004. Visitation 1 to 8 p.m. Wednesday; service 10:30 a.m. Thursday, both at Dunsford Funeral Home.  Mrs. Patterson was born Jan. 7, 1919 in Reese, KS to Ray and Mae (Ayler) Malcom. She was a homemaker and retired Holstein Dairy farmer and Western Auto Store Owner.  Jessie was a loving and supportive mother and grandmother. She enjoyed doing ceramics, sewing, quilting, making wedding cakes and especially making dolls.  In high school, Jessie was an outstanding basketball star at Andover High School. In 1954 she was chosen Kansas State 4-H leader.  Survivors: sons, Clare Jr. and wife, Helen of Apache Junction, AZ, Dalton and wife, Sonja of El Dorado, Allen and wife, Barbara of Augusta; sister, Ellen Christmore of Wichita; grandchildren, Tony, Cary, Robin, Cory, Todd Patterson; great-grandchildren, Candace Haworth, Kacy, Courtney, Cale, Brandt, A.J., Aydan Patterson, Breeanna Rizzi, Brandi and Natalie Biggart; great-great-grandchildren, Skyler and Savannah Rizzi, Taylor Biggart. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Clare; daughter, Clarice; sister, Lena Sifford; brother, Jack Malcom. Memorials are suggested to Augusta Historical Museum, Augusta Caring Center and Augusta Senior Center. 
(Wichita Eagle ~ November 9, 2004 ~ Submitted by Marland Boucher)


Clare E. Patterson, 84, of Augusta died Tuesday, Oct. 5, 1999.

His funeral service will be I p.m. Monday, Oct. 11, at the Dunsford Funeral Home Chapel
in Augusta. Ed Gray of the Zion Community Bible Church will officiate.

Visitation will also be at the Dunsford. chapel from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 10. Burial will be in Elmwood Cem..

He was born Dec. 18, 1914 in Augusta to Albert and Lilly Martha Patterson.

He was married Nov. 20, 1936 to Jessie B. Malcom in Wichita. She survives.

He was a Kansas Tri-State boxing champion from 1932 to 1942, a Kansas State 4-H leader and he was a retired Holstein Dairy Farmer and worked at Boeing and LearJet, and he was
a member of Zion Community Church in rural Augusta.

He is survived by his wife, Jessie, sons Clare Jr., Dalton and Allen, all of Augusta, sister Lilly Jackson of Lakewood, Colo. and Lovey Boucher, Augusta, grandchildren, Tony, Cary, Robin, Cory and Todd Patterson, great-grandchildren, Candace, Kyle, Brant, Corney Patterson, Nattile and Brandy Biggert, Breeanna Rizzi, Kacy, A. J. and Ayden Patteison, and one great-great grandchild- Skyler Rizzi.

He was preceded in death his parents, brothers Loy, Ryle, Clive, Lee, Ross, and Fay and sisters Alberta Dagel and Connie Urban.

Memorials may be sent to the Zion Community Church.
(The Augusta Gazette ~ Submitted by Marland Boucher)


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