Butler  County,  Kansas


D.M.Carr was born in Sumner Co., Tennessee June 11, 1829, died Sunday, Oct. 28, 1906 in his 78 year.

He was married to Nancy Ann Dobbins of the above named place A.D., October 20, 1853. In the year 1882 he left his native state and came to Kansas and lived principally in and around Augusta. To this union was born eleven children five boys and six girls, all of whom survive him but four who departed from this life after reaching a well matured age. Two, sisters and two brothers survive of the old family tree Mr. N. K. Carr familiarly known as Aunt Nicy. Bro D.M. Carr was a good man in every since of the word, a deep spiritual man, converted to christianity very early in life. He and his wife both united with the Cumberland Presbyterian church in Tennessee and ever lived a devout consecrated christian life. Since is death of his beloved companion which occurred in August 1882 he has made his home among his children. He was a devoted husband and a kind effictionate father, and a good citizen and a good neighbour and it can be said of him that he fought a good fight and keep the faith to the finish of his course and that there is laid up for him at the right hand of God a crown of rejoicing.
(Submitted By Marland Boucher)


Buried Here Tomorrow

Augusta relatives have received word of the death of Mrs. N.K. ( Eunice) Carr in Norman, Okla., and funeral services will be held tomorrow morning at 9:30 at Fairview cemetery near Augusta. Mrs Carr was 89 years old at the time of her death and is survived by a son, Walter Carr, with whom Mrs. Carr made her home. She is a former Augusta resident and Mrs. E.C. Varner, Mrs, Effie Hanes, Mrs. Will McPherron and Mrs. J.M. Johnson of Augusta are her nieces.
(Augusta Gazette ~ July 15, 1932 ~ Submitted by Marland Boucher)


J. M. Johnson Died Today

J. M. Johnson, a pioneer resident of Butler County, died today at the home of his daughter, Mrs. J.M. Alley. He had been in failing health for some time and the end was not unexpected.

Mr. Johnson came to Augusta in 1882 and was active in the early day life of the town. He was a carpenter by trade and followed his trade until a few years ago. Last Wednesday was his birthday. He was born May 16, 1845.

Surviving him, besides his wife, and daughter with whom he made his home, are four sons, Arthur Johnston, of Cleveland, Okla., Cecil of Fredrick, Okla., Guy Johnston, of Hooker, Okla., and Earl Johnston, who lives in New Mexico.
(Augusta Gazette ~ May 19, 1923 ~ Submitted by Marland Boucher)


Johnson Services On Saturday

After an illness of four and one- half days, Mrs. Lissia Ann Johnson, 86, died shortly after noon Thursday in the home of her daughter, Mrs. James M. Alley, 1125 State street.

This interesting and well-beloved resident was born February 20, 1856 in Gallatin, Tenn., the daughter of Nancy and Daniel M. Carr. She was married to James M. Johnson on September 28, 1878 at Gallatin. Mrs. Johnson has been a resident of Butler county for the past 60 years, coming here from Franklin, Ky. She was a member of the Methodist church.

Surviving are her daughter, Mrs. Alley, and the following sons -James Cecil, Frederick, Okla.; Guy B., Cherokee, Okla.; Earl M. of Huntington Park, Calif. Surviving sisters are Mrs. E. C. Varner, Augusta; Mrs. R. L. Hanes, Shawnee, Okla.; Mrs. C E. Naylor, Dundee, Tex. J. A. Carr of Frederick, Okla., is the sur- viving brother. Her husband's death occurred in May, 1923.

Funeral rites are scheduled for Saturday at 2:30 p.m. in the Dunsford chapel. Rev. A. H. Tebben will conduct the service. Interment will be in Fairview cemetery in the family lot. Pall bearers will be nephews.

Mrs. Johnson was the mother of nine children, five having preceded her in death. In addition to the four children named above, survivors include 11 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Since the death of her husband, she has made her home with Dr. and Mrs. Alley. She will be greatly missed by her son-in-law, Dr. Alley, whose boon companion she was as well as the remainder of this immediate family, Mrs. Alley, and sons, Jim and Dick.
(Augusta Gazette ~ May 8, 1942 ~ Submitted by Marland Boucher)


Edgar P. Bostwick, 89, Augusta died Tuesday, Aug. 17 at St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Wichita.

The service is 10 a.m. Friday at the Dunsford Chapel, Augusta. Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery.

He was born Oct. 20, 1903, on a farm in Jackson County, south of Hoyt, the second of nine children of John C. and Nannie E. (McCullough) Bostwick.

He remained on the family farm helping his father until 1928, when he went to work for the Atchinson, Topka and Santa Fe Railroad as a chainman and surveyor, working out of Newton.

In the winter of 1930 he took a job with the White Eagle Oil and refining Co. as a laborer at their Augusta refinery. He remaines with the company for 35 years, retiring from Mobil Oil Corporation on Jan. 1,1966, as Assistant Superintendent of Plant Maintenace.

In 1929, he met Pauline M. Varner, who was a teller at the Prairie State Bank in Augusta. They were married May 25, 1935, in the First Methodist Church in Augusta. In November 1937, they moved into a new home which they built at 1201 Euclid, Augusta. They lived in that home for over 50 years. Pauline continued to work at the bank until shortly before the birth of their only son, Don, in 1943.

"Ed" was a member of the Augusta Kiwanis Club since 1937, serving as president and long time secretary. He was a life long member of the Methodist Church, and a member of the First United Methodist Church in Augusta since the 1930's, where he served on the Board of Trustees, and taught a boy's Sunday school class for many years while his son was growing up. After he retired he became a member of the Augusta Planning commisson for 11 years, serving as it's president for two terms.

Pauline died in 1988, and Ed moved to Sterling House, Augusta in November 1991.

He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Don and Jill Bostwick of Benton; two brothers, Byron Bostwick of Gardner and Aubrey Bostwick of Colby.

Memorials have been established with the First United Methodist Church in Augusta, and the Kiwanis Foundation.
(August Gazette ~ August 18, 1993 ~ Submitted by Marland Boucher)


Bostwick funeral on Friday

Pauline Mildred Bostwick, 86, died July 19, at Augusta Medical Complex Inc. She lived her entire life in the Butler County area.

Her memorial service will be 10 a.m. Friday at Dunsford Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery with Dr. Robert Firebaugh officiating the service.

She was born April 15, 1902 in Augusta to Charles O. and Gertrude (Long) Varner. On May 25, 1935, she married Edgar P. Bostwick in Augusta. He survives.

Bostwick attended elementary school at Floral, a country school southwest of Augusta. She graduated from AHS and attended Baker University in Baldwin for one year.

She was employed by Prairie State Bank for 21 years. She also was member of the Augusta Board of Education for 12 years, serving as president for two terms and later as treasurer for eight years.

Her organizational interests included the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority, over 50 years in the Eastern Star, charter member of Book Club, a member of PEO, Business & Professional Women and membership in the United Methodist Church.

She was an avid bridge player and enjoyed the fellowship it provided her.

Bostwick, a homemaker is survived by a son, Don of Benton; sisters, Hazel Douglas, Gladys Firebaugh of Augusta.

Memorial contributions can be made to PEO, Cottey College or the Augusta United Methodist Church.
(Augusta Gazette ~ July 19, 1988 ~ Submitted by Marland Boucher)


Ernest Walker Dies In Wichita Hospital

The serious illness of Ernest Walker came as a surprise to most of the people yesterday morning when they heard he had been taken to the Wichita hospital during the night and the annoucement of his death in the hospital Wednesday afternoon was a shock to the friends as well as the family.

Ernest Walker was born in Augusta, August 21, 1883. He was reared and educated in Augusta. On November 28, 1906, he was married to Miss Maude McLlvain. For several years he has been a partner of his father's on the firm name of H.B. Walker & Son and was considered an excellent business man.

He was a member of the Modern Woodmen of America, the K. P's and Royal Neighbors. He was clerk of the Wooman a position he held for four years and was prompt and efficient in doing the work of the office it was said of him that he protected many a member who failed to meet his payments on time.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Maude Walker, his father, H.B.Walker, half brother, Charlie Walker and a sister, Mrs. Fred Spencer, of Bakersfield, Cal. The remains arrived this afternoon and were met by a large concourse of brothers of his Order and friends who conveyed them to his home on State street. The casket was opened and to all appearances his features were as though he was peacefully sleeping and the least disturbance would be his awakening, they being so natural. The funeral will probably be held Sunday, his sister Bertha having left Bakersfield last night and should arrive by Saturday evening. Announcement will be made later.
(Augusta Gazette ~ May 25, 1911 ~ Submitted by Marland Boucher)


J.C. Knupp Services Will Be Held Here Wednesday

A long time and highly respected resident of Augusta, Jacob C. ( Jake) Knupp, 88 died yesterday afternoon at his home. Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. in the Dunsford chapel with Rev. Victor A. Major conducting the service. Interment will be in Elmwood cemetery.

Mr. Knupp was born in Yankee Bush, Pa., the son of Adam and Mary Knupp. He was wed to Nora Gibney December 24, 1885 in Warren, Pa. Her death occurred December 20, 1948.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. R.W. Johnson and Mrs. Harley Boucher of Augusta; two grandchildren, Ed Johnson of El Dorado and Mrs. Beulah Black of Augusta; and one great- grandson.

Mr. Knupp was well-known here as a rig builder and contractor. He came to Butler county in 1916 from Oklahoma. He was a member of the Masonic lodge.
(Augusta Gazette ~ June 20, 1950 ~ Submitted by Marland Boucher)


Private Services For Mrs. J.C. Knupp

Private funeral services for Mrs. Jacob C. Knupp will be held at the Dunsford chapel Wednesday at 10:30 a. m. Mrs. Knupp aged 80 years, died at her home on east Twelfth street Monday morning.

Nora Gibney Knupp was born at Homesdale, Pennsylvania. She was married to Jake Knupp December 24, 1885 in Warren, Pa. Two daughters, Mrs. Harley Boucher, Jr. and Mrs. R.W. Johnson of Augusta survive. A brother, E.L. Gibney lives in Pampa, Tex. and a sister, Mrs. Ruth Irvin, in Mt. Jewett, Pa.

There are two grandchildren, Mrs. David Black of Augusta, and Edward Johnson of El Dorado; also a great-grandson, Phillip Johnson of El Dorado.

Mrs. Knupp with her family moved to Oklahoma from Pennsylvania in 1906 and to Butler county in 1916.

Rev. Victor A. Major will conduct the funeral service. Burial will be in Elmwood cemetery. The casket will not be opened at the service.
(Augusta Gazette ~ December 21, 1948 ~ Submitted by Marland Boucher)


James Oscar Warrender Dies On Wednesday

James Oscar Warrender, aged 59, died in Topeka, July 4. He was born in Mason county., Ill., June 2, 1875. He leave his wife, Mrs. Ella Warrender, one daughter, Sarah and son, James of Augusta. his mother, Mrs. Myra Warrender lives in Rosehill; a sister, Mrs. John Stratford, in Wichita and a brother, Charles Warrender, in Derby.

Mr. Warrender was a member of the Baptist church. Funeral services will be held Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock in the Baptist church with burial in the Elmwood cemetery. The pall bearers will be Frank Wright, Ernie Canfield, Joe Martin, Price Reed, Rick Treeweeke and C. McKnight.
(The Augusta Gazette ~ July 7, 1934 ~ Submitted by Marland Boucher)


Ella Warrender, 98, Wichita, Dies, Rites on Thursday

Graveside services will be held at Elmwood cemetery at 2:30 Thursday afternoon for Ella May Warrender, 98, of Wichita, who died Tuesday at Wesley Medical Center. The Rev. Veron White will conduct the services.

Ella May Warrender was born July 31, 1875 at Columbus Ohio., the daughter of George and Sarah May Boucher. She was married to Oscar Warrender at Augusta in 1901. He preceded her in death July 4, 1934.

Mrs. Warrender moved to Wichita in 1969 from Augusta and was a member of the First Baptist Church.

Survivors include a son, James Warrender of Wichita and a daughter, Mrs. Sarah Davis of Wichita.
(The Augusta Gazette ~ June 18, 1974 ~ Submitted by Marland Boucher)


Attend Services On Sunday

Mrs. Ella Warrender, Mrs. Henry Boucher, Mrs. Ed Moser, Jim and Sarah Warrender attended funeral services, Sunday for Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Reed, 77, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Survivors are: Mr. George E. Reed; sister and brothers, Mrs. Ella Warrender, Henry, Charles, Bert and Harley Boucher.

Mr. And Mrs. Reed at one time made their home in Augusta, moving away about 35 years ago.
(The Augusta Gazette ~ January 20, 1942 ~ Submitted by Marland Boucher)


Verla Constance 'Patterson' Urban, 70 homemaker, died Monday, July 16, 1990. Service at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Elmwood Cemetery.

Connie was born February 9, 1920, the eleventh child of Albert Mansfield and Lillie Martha 'Harris' Patterson. She married Forest H Urban, January 31, 1942.

She was proceded in death by her parents, brothers, Lee Patterson; Loy Patterson; Ryle Patterson, Ross Patterson, and Clive Patterson; sister, Alberta Dagel.

Survivors; husband, Forrest H.; son, Merle Walter of Augusta, brothers, Claire Patterson of Augusta, Fay Patterson of Van Nuys, Calif.; sisters, Lovey Boucher of Augusta; Lillie Jackson of Casper, Wyo; one grandchild; two step-grandchildren. Dunsford Funeral Home in charge.
(The Wichita Eagle ~ July 17, 1990 (Rev.) ~ Submitted by Marland Boucher)



Years Illness Terminates in Death of Bennett Treeweeke Who Has Lived in Augusta For 55 Years

Bennette James Treeweeke, well known pioneer resident of Augusta died at his home at 241 Main street at 2:30 o'clock this morning. Mr. Treweeke had been ill for nearly a year with pernicious anemia. He was 60 years old.

Mr. Treeweeke has lived near and in the city of Augusta for the last fifty five years. He was born in Waukegan, Ill., the son of Mrs. and Mr. William Treeweeke, February 16, 1865. He was one of a family of twelve children.

In 1870 Mr. Treeweeke came with his parents to Augusta. They resided for a time on a farm southwest of town and moved later to the well known Treeweeke farm two miles southeast of town on which the Magnolia Oil company now has operations.

On November 29, 1900, he was married to Miss Mary Alexander of Augusta, who is also well known among Augustans, and who was at one time a teacher in the Augusta schools.

The deceased was affiliated with no church, but has always been an attendant to the Methodist congregation, of which his wife was a member.

He was engaged in farming the greater part of his life. For the last eight years he has been employed by the city of Augusta.

Mr. Treeweeke is survived by his wife and two daughters, Elizabeth and Harriett, one son, Marion, two
brothers, R.A. Treeweeke of Augusta, and J.L. Treeweeke of Wichita, and two sisters, Mrs. Jennie Liens and Mrs. Ella Melrose.

Mr. Treeweeke's failing had been gradual for nearly a year. He had a sinking spell on last Friday, but on Sunday had rallied and had seemed stronger until yesterday afternoon when a gradual decline set in that terminated in his death.

Funeral services will be held at the home on Main street tomorrow afternoon at 4 o'clock. The funeral sermon will be made by J.C. Fisher, pastor of the Methodist church.
(The Augusta Gazette ~ July 14, 1925 ~ Submitted by Marland Boucher)


Mary Eleanor Alexander was born in Macon county, Tennessee, November 11, 1873. She came with her parents to Kansas in 1882 and located near Augusta. She taught school in and around Augusta a number of years.

She was united in marriage to Bennett J. Treeweeke November 20, 1900. To this union were born three children, Marion B; Elizabeth and Harriett. Mr. Treeweeke passed away July 14, 1925. In 1928 the family moved to Wichita, where Mrs. Treeweeke lived until her death which occurred July 16, 1948. At an early age she joined the Methodist church and was an active member of the First Methodist church at the time of her death.

In addition to her three children, she is survived by a son-in-law, A. H. Kaufman, two granchildren. Rodey and Karen Kaufman, Wichita; two sisters, Mrs. Blance Meyers and Mrs. Nora McCauley, Augusta; two brothers, J.M. Alexander, Wichita Falls, Tex., and Dr. T.F. Alexander, Wichita; and other relatives and many friends.
(The Augusta Gazette ~ July 21, 1948 ~ Submitted by Marland Boucher)


Death of Mrs. Wesley Skaer Occurs Last Night

Mrs. Ethel Varner Skaer, wife of W.W. Skaer, died early yesterday of pneumonia after only a short illness. Funeral services will be held at 3 o'clock tomorrow afternoon at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. E.C. Varner. The Rev. J.C. Fisher will be in charge of the services.

Mrs. Skaer was born on the farm of her parents south of Augusta, January 18, 1898, and has lived here all her life. She was married to W.W. Skaer November 20, 1920. She was a member of the M. E. church, the Order of the Eastern Star, the P.E.O. chapter, the Round Table club and the Delta Delta Delta soroity of Manhattan.

She is survived by her husband; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. E.C. Varner; two brothers, R.B. Varner of Augusta, and Cecil Varner, of Kansas City; and one sister, Velma, now attending the University of Kansas.

The pall bearers will be relatives, Bensil and Lisle Carr, Dr. James Alley, F.G. Spencer, and Floyd and Walter Skaer. A trio composed of Mrs. Harry White, Mrs. Helen Etnire and Mrs. Ruth Foxworth will sing " Abide With Me" and ' Beautiful Isle of Somewhere" at the funeral. Mrs. White will sing " City Four Square". Burial will be made at the Elmwood cemetery.
(Augusta Gazette ~ May 3, 1930 ~ Submitted by Marland Boucher)


William Zurbuchen Boucher, 83, of Wellington and brother of Martha Cody of Augusta and Henry Boucher and Ruby Mahlandt of Douglass, died Fri- day, Dec. 12, 1997, at Sumner Regional Medical Center.

His funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 16, at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witness, Wellington. His graveside service will begin at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at Elmwood Cemetery, Augusta.

Survivors are wife, Luetta Boucher of Wellington; sons, Jeff Boucher of Clearwater and William C. Boucher of Welling- ton.; daughter, Sandra Parks of Mountain Home, Ark.; brothers, Henry Boucher of DouRlass. Virgil Boucher of Wichita and Jack Boucher of Burden; sister, Ruby Mahlandt of Douglass, Martha Cody of Augusta, Ethel Richard of Newton and Eleanor Leap of Dell City, Okla.; eight grandchildren and four great- grandchildren.

A memorial has been established with Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witness, Wellington. contributions may be sent through Frank Funeral home, 417 N., Washington, Wellington, Kansas 67152.
(The Augusta Gazette ~ December 15, 1997 ~ Submitted by Marland Boucher)


Luetta Mae Boucher, 80, of Wellington, died Thursday, Aug. 28, 2008 in Wellington. She was born on Nov. 10, 1927 in Henryetta, Okla.

Services were held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2008 at Kingdom Hall Jehovah’s Witnesses in Wellington. Brother Everett Reedy was officiant.

Casket Bearers were Jason Boucher, Dennis Boucher, Travis Parko, John Chinn, Ben Gossman and Tom Black.

Interment was at Elmwood Cemetery in Augusta, Kan.

A memorial fund has been established with the Kingdom Hall of the Jehovah’s Witnesses.

Frank Funeral Home in Wellington was entrusted with the arrangements.
(Wellington, Kansas ~ Submitted by Marland Boucher)



The funeral of William Lewis Taylor who died Saturday night at the Augusta hospital, following an operation for appendicitis last Tuesday, were held this afternoon at 2:30 at the Baptist church. Interment was in Elmwood Cemetery.

"Billy" Taylor had lived in Augusta ever since he was 2 years old and his untimely death was shock to a host of warm friends. He had been employed in the post office for the past five years and was known to practically every patron of the local office. The post office was closed this afternoon from 2:15 until 3 o'clock out of respect to Mr. Taylor and to allow his co-workers to attend his funeral.

Mr. Taylor, who was 24 years old, is survived besides his widow, by two children, his mother, Mrs. George Clippenger, a sister Mrs. Harvey Anderson, one brother Tom Taylor and two half-brothers Charles Clippenger and Emerson Clippenger.
(Augusta Gazette ~ March 29, 1921 ~ Submitted by Marland Boucher)


Erica Leigh (Boucher) Smith, 20, homemaker of Augusta, died Thursday, April 26, 2001.

Her funeral service will be at 10:30 a. m. Monday. April 30, in First Christian Church, 1600 State. Pastor Paul Andrews of the Ministry of Jesus World Outreach Church will officiate and burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery.

Visitation will be possible at the Dunsford Funeral Home of Augusta, 201 E. Fifth, from 1 to 8 p.m. Sunday, April 29.

Mrs. Smith is survived by her husband, Shawn; son, Logan of the home; daughter, Taylor of the home; parents Greg and Lean (Cummings) Boucher of Augusta; brother Bevan Boucher of Augusta; sister Cassie Boucher of Augusta; grandmother, Pat Cummings of Leon; grandparents, Jim and Vickey Cummings of Augusta; Rolly and Louise Boucher of Sun City, Texas, Leon and Nancy May of Noel, Mo.; great-grandparents, Jim and Ann Howard of Andover; great-grandmother Willie Opal May of Anderson, Mo.

A memorial fund has been established for Logan and Taylor Smith at Commercial Federal in Augusta.

Dunsford Funeral Home of Augusta is in charge of arrrangements.
(Augusta Gazette ~ April 27, 2001 ~ Submitted by Marland Boucher)



Came to Augusta in 1882 and Took up Blacksmithing; Had Lived Here Continuously Since That Time


Services This Afternoon at Three O'Clock at F.G. Spencer Home; Masonic Service Held at the Grave

Henry B. Walker, pioneer resident of Augusta, died yesterday at his home at the age of sixty-seven years. Mr. Walker came to Augusta in 1882 as a young man and began work at the trade he learned in his boyhood, that of blacksmith. He has lived here continuously since and during his life has held positions of trust in the town. Everyone knew Henry Walker and his outstanding characteristic was his unquestionable honesty in all things.

Mr. Walker died of heart disease, having been sick since February. Since he became ill there has been little hope for his recovery, and except for an occasional brief rally, he has failed steadily during that time.

Mr. Walker was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Walker and was born in Gallatin, Tenn., where he grew to manhood. He was married to Molly Carr the year he came to Augusta. To this union two children were born, Ernest, who died in 1911, and Mrs. Fred Spencer of Augusta. The mother of these children died in 1887.

In 1889 he married Eva Brower. Two children were born to them, one dying in infancy. Charles, the other is now a resident of Augusta. Mr. Walker worked at his trade here until he was appointed postmaster in 1916, serving four years. He also was member of the city council at different times during his life here. Mr. Walker was a memeber of the Consistory of Wichita.

Other than his daughter, Mrs. Spencer, and son Charles, a brother Charles Walker of Pauls Valley, Okla., survives him.

The funeral was to be held at 3 o'clock this afternoon from the home of F.G. Spencer, 1018 Osage street, the services being conducted by the Rev.C.T. Hsley of the Baptist church, with the Masonic service at the grave. The pall bearers are: E.S. Safford, W.A. Penley, Geo. S. Harrington, Russell Thompson, Wesley Skaer, and R.A. Haines.
(Augusta Gazette ~ October 13, 1927 ~ Submitted by Marland Boucher)


James W. Warrender Services Today

Retired Mobil Oil Company employee James W. Warrender, 83, Augusta, died Saturday, September 1, at the Augusta Medical Complex Inc.

Grave side services were today at Elmwood Cemetery, the Rev. Robert Box officiating.

Warrender was born September 22, 1906, to James O. and Ella M. Warrender in Augusta.

He had served in the United States Army.

Dunsford Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
(Augusta Gazette ~ September 4, 1990 ~ Submitted by Marland Boucher)


George E. Boucher, Sr., 71, of Ft. Smith, Ark. and formerly of El Dorado, died suddenly Monday, June 30, 1986 at Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital. Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the First United Presbyterian Church. Burial will follow the services in the Augusta Cemetery.

Mr. Boucher was born April 8, 1915 in Butler County, the son of Charlie and Lena (Zurbuchen) Boucher. He married Vernille Mitchell April 4, 1936 in Guthrie, Okla. She preceded him in death Oct. 30, 1981.

His children are George E. Boucher, Jr. and his wife, Carol of El Dorado; Mrs. Harry (Lenea) Lewis of Latham; and Mrs. Lee (Becky) Jordan of Bloomington, Minn. He was preceded in death by one daughter, Neoma Jean Scott.

Mr. Boucher retired from Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital, where he was chief engineer for 33 years. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church; the El Dorado Patmos Masonic Lodge No. 97, A.F. & A.M.; and the Kiwanis Club.

On April 23, 1983, he married Doris White in Ft. Smith, Ark. She survives. His stepchildren include one stepson, Dennis Lee White of El Dorado; and two stepdaughters, Mrs. Brenda Cross and Mrs. Yvonne Hofer, both of Ft. Smith. He is also survived by 16 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Other survivors include four brothers, William of Elbing, Virgil of Wichita, Jack of Burden and Henry of Rose Hill; and four sisters, Mrs. Martha Cody of Augusta, Mrs. Ruby Mahlandt of Douglass, Mrs. Ethel Rickard of Newton and Mrs. Pat Leap of Midwest City, Okla.

A memorial has been established with the ladies auxiliary at Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital. Contributions can be sent to the Kirby Morris Funeral Home, who has charge of the arrangements.
(El Dorado Times ~ July 1, 1986 ~ Submitted by Marland Boucher)


V. I. Boucher Dies At 69

Vernille I. Boucher, 69, El Dorado, died Saturday at Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital in El Dorado.

Her service will be at 3 p.m. tomorrow at Kirby-Morris Funeral Home in El Dorado. Rev. Bob Meanor will officiate and burial will be in Elmwood cemetery in Augusta.

A memorial has been established with the Talking Books For The Blind. Memorials may be sent through the funeral home.

She was born Oct. 22, 1912 in Rose Hill to Arthur and Sally Stewart Mitchell.

She married George Boucher April 4, 1936 in Guthrie, Okla. He survives.

She was a member of the Presbyterian Church.

Other survivors include a son, George Boucher Jr., of El Dorado; two daughters, Lenea Beckham of El Dorado and Sara Rebecca Jordan of Topeka; two brothers, Weldon Mitchell of Andover and Ronald Mitchell of Wichita; ten grandchildren and a great-grandchild.
(The Augusta Gazette ~ November 2, 1981 ~ Submitted by Marland Boucher)

Published in The Augusta Gazette September 25, 1990


Jay Reed Funeral Thursday

Retired Mobil Oil refinery employee Jay Reed, 99, Augusta, died Saturday, September 22, at his home.

His Funeral servce will begin at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Dunsford Funeral Home. Rev. Harold Kieler will officiate and burial will be in Elmwood cemetery.

He married the former Imo Boucher on October 24, 1917 in Augusta. She preceded him in death in 1984.

Reed was a longtime member of the Kiwanis Club having joined the civic organization in 1926. He withdrew from the club in 1929 and rejoined around 1960.

On his 90th birthday, he became a life member of the Kiwanis Foundation.

In 1988, Reed received the Kiwanis 30-year Legion of Honor award from his fellow Kiwanians. He had held several committee chairmanships over the years including many years serving as chairman of the Kiwanis Pancake day foodstuffs procurement committee.

Survivors include sons, Lyle Reed of Wichita: Jerald Reed of Decatur, Ala.; daughter, Maxine Frost of Augusta; Sisters, Minnie DeLong of Towanda; Grace Uhl of Toronto; 10 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

A memorial has been established with the First United Methodist Church scholarship fund.
(The Augusta Gazette ~ September 25, 1990)


Fern Reed Dies At 87

Fern Imo Boucher Reed, 87, Augusta, died Saturday.

Her service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Dunsford Funeral Home.

A memorial has been established with the First United Methodist Church.

Fern Boucher was born to Amos Boucher and Elizabeth( Clapp) Boucher on May 24, 1897, on the Boucher farm 5 miles west of Augusta, on Harry Street Road.

She attended Banner school her first two years, then they moved to Augusta into the new home her parents had built located at 138 Broadway Street. She graduated from High School in May of 1915. She played the piano for all the high school musical her senior year. She was a member of the debate team which had won the Butler County Debate Tournament in 1915.

After High School Graduation, she attended the Teachers Institute in El Dorado, during the summer of 1915, and in the fall she taught all 8 grades of school in Elm Creed rural school, 6 miles north of Augusta.

In the summer of 1916, she attended Emporia Teachers College, and then taught the First Grade in Augusta. The school had 4 room up and 4 rooms down, and was located where the present Junior High School north building is now. The High School was also in the same building.

On October 24, 1917, she married Jay Reed and moved to the Reed farm Northeast of Augusta.

Survivors include husband Jay; sons, Lyle of Wichita, Jerald of Decatur, Ala.; daughter, Maxine Frost of Augusta; 10 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren.
(The Augusta Gazette ~ July 7, 1984 ~ Submitted by Marland Boucher)


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