Butler  County,  Kansas


Burl Allison, Sr., Longtime Businessman in Augusta, Dies

Funeral services will be held Friday afternoon at 2:30 at the Dunsford Funeral Home Chapel for Burl Allison, Sr., 81, who died at Allen Memorial hospital at El Dorado Wednesday. The Rev. Paul Gilbert will conduct the services. Interment will be in Elmwood cemetery.

For years Mr. Allison had been one of the Augusta community’s long-time businessman, and remained active even into recent months. Almost daily, he was one of the first business men downtown.

For a long time, the Allison barber shop was on the east side of the 500 block on State street, almost directly across the street from where it has been located for the past several years.

In all, he was in business along Augusta’s State street for 50 years.

Burl Allison , Sr., was born Sept. 9, 1887 in Crawford county, Ill., the son of John Harve and Ann (Parks) Allison. He was married to Perna Marie Diebold at Sumner, Ill., on June 13, 1910. He moved to Augusta in 1917 from Sumner, Ill., and was a barber for many years.

Survivors Include his widow; five sons, Burl Jr., and David E., both of Augusta, Max of Lake Charles, La., Lt. Col. Russell of Springfield, VA., and Clifford of Wichita; 17 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.

Two sons preceded him in death. (Augusta Daily Gazette, January 9, 1969, submitted by Judy Mayfield)


M. Weatherholt Rites Are Held

Funeral services were held this afternoon at the Dunsford Funeral Home Chapel for Myrtle Weatherholt, 83, of Route 2, Augusta, who died Saturday at the Allen Memorial hospital in El Dorado. The Rev. Victor Forbes conducted the services. Interment was in Elmwood Cemetery.

Myrtle Weatherholt was born in Oklahoma on March 6, 1885, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William H. Elrod. She was married to Robert O. Weatherholt at Winfield on Oct. 16, 1909.

She lived at Winfield for 20 years before moving to this area in 1938. She lived in the Haverhill community since 1940. She was a member of the Haverhill Christian church and the Haverhill Grandmothers Club.

Survivors include her husband; two sons, Aubrey of Tulsa, Okla., and Robert E. of Ellis; a brother, E.A. Elrod of Winfield; five grandsons, one great-grandson and one great granddaughter. (Augusta Daily Gazette, Monday, January 20, 1969, page 1, submitted by Judy Mayfield)


Noel Eugene Decker, 78, Augusta, died Tuesday, Feb. 7, 15 his home.

His funeral service will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, at Hillside Funeral Home Chapel in Augusta with Rev. Ron Keith officiating. Burial will follow in the Elmwood Cemetery.

Mr. Decker was born on July 1,1916, as the son of James B. and Maggie Fletcher Decker.

He served in the U.S. Army during the World War II.

In 1947, he married Tura Burns in Augusta. She survives.

In addition to his wife, the retired Knebler Construction Co. Employee leaves daughters, Sharon Elms of Nederland, Texas, Linda Longford of Batesville, Ark.; a half-sister, Geraldine Gray of Republic, Mo.; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

A memorial has been established with Hospice Inc. (Augusta Daily Gazette, February 8, 1995, submitted by Judy Mayfield)


E. C. McCray Dies of Heart Attack At Masonic Meeting Tuesday

It came as a shock to residents last evening, the news of the death of Edwin Charles McCray, 78, while he was attending a meeting of the Augusta Masonic lodge. Always a dependable worker in the lodge and secretary of the organization for the past 14 years, his death in the lodge room was not exactly a surprise. A heart attack was the cause of his death.

“Mac” McCray was born April 6, 1860 in Aurora, Ill., the son of Thomas and Mary McCray. His father was born in Scotland. His marriage to Coral Burdic took place on Valentine’s Day in 1888 in Omaha, Nebra. On the Valentine Day just passed they observed their 51st wedding anniversary very happily together.

One son, Harold, lives in Pampa, Tex. Their other son, Donald, died in Dallas, six years ago following an accident. Four grandchildren also survive. One, Billy McCray, was as their own child as he made his home with them for a number of years.

Twenty years ago the McCrays came to this county from Marble Rock, IA. After residing on a farm in the Haverhill neighborhood for seven years, they moved to Augusta 13 years ago.

“Mac” was a friendly person and his acquaintances were numbered as his friends. He was a regular attendant of the Methodist church. His Masonic affiliations were Blue Lodge, Chapter, Commandery and Consistory.

Funeral rites will be held Friday afternoon at 2 o’clock in the Methodist church with the pastor, Rev. J. E. Robinson, conducting the service. The Masons will act as pall bearers. Burial will be made in the Elmwood cemetery. (Augusta Daily Gazette, Wednesday, March 8, 1939, submitted by Judy Mayfield)


A. H. Kenyon Dies Suddenly At Home

The death of Abner H. Kenyon, 59, occurred suddenly this morning at 6:45 o’clock at the home, 1204 State street. Some time back the grocer had been quite ill but was feeling much better again. The cause of his death was heart trouble.

Mr. Kenyon was born May 20, 1879 in Woodford county, Illinois. On February 21, 1910, he was married to Louise Morgan at Haverhill.

The survivors are: his widow, Mrs. Louise Kenyon; four daughters, Mrs. Beulah Hayes, Salem, Ill., Mrs. Vivian Ernest and Hazel Kenyon of Augusta, and Mrs. J.O. Edwards of Galva. One son, Richard, died in 1915 at the age of five years. Three grandchildren also survive. His brothers are Ransom Kenyon of Omaha, Nebr., and Ira Kenyon of Columbus, Nebr. Mrs. R. E. Peterson of Augusta is a sister.

When 13 years old Mr. Kenyon came to this county and was a merchant and farmer during his life. At the time of his death he had a grocer store at 1200 State street. His church connection was the Methodist church at Leon, and his lodge, the Odd Fellows at Augusta.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Monday at the Methodist church in Augusta, Rev. Cavit of Leon and Rev. J.E. Robinson of Augusta will be in charge. Burial will be made in the Elmwood Cemetery. (Augusta Daily Gazette, March 4, 1939, submitted by Judy Mayfield)


Visitor In Butler County Drops Dead This Morning

William Perry Branson, 74 years, five months and 17 days old, dropped dead at the home of his sister, Mrs. Andy Lackey, southwest of here, this morning. His home was in Nevada, Mo. It was thought death came from heart failure, but no announcement was made pending the arrival of the coroner.

Mr. Branson was here on a visit and his wife, Mrs. Lulu Branson, will arrive here tonight. Funeral arrangements will be announced when she comes.

Besides his wife Mr. Branson is survived by a daughter, Pheba Ann, and two sons, Oliver and Clifford. (Augusta Daily Gazette, April 18, Saturday, Page 1, submitted by Judy Mayfield)

Branson Funeral services

Funeral services for William Perry Branson, 74 years old, who died suddenly at the home of his sister Mrs. Andy Lackey, Saturday morning, were to be held this afternoon at the Dunsford funeral home. It was announced burial will be in the Branson cemetery near Rose Hill. Mr. Branson was a resident of Nevada, Mo. (Augusta Daily Gazette, Monday, April 20, 1931, submitted by Judy Mayfield)


Pioneer Butler Countian Dies At His Home Sunday

Isaiah Stewart, 79 years old, died late Sunday night at his home southeast of Bodarc. He was a resident of Butler County for 48 years.

Mr. Stewart was a charter member of the church of Christ of the Bodarc community, and was a senior elder at the Christian Chapel at the time of his death.

Besides his wife, Mrs. Martha Stewart, he is survived by one daughter and five grandchildren, and two sisters, Mrs. William Lee, Imperial, Neb., and Mrs. Jane Pugh, Moody, Mo.

Funeral services will be at the Christian Chapel tomorrow morning at 10:30. Burial will be in Cumberland cemetery. Dunsford mortuary is in charge (Augusta Gazette, April 14, 1931, submitted by Judy Mayfield)


Havice Services Held Saturday

Funeral services for Sida Howard Havice, 64, who lost his life in a car accident July 15, one-half mile west of the Rose Hill corner, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday from the Dunsford chapel. Rev. Victor A. Major will be in charge. Burial will be in Elmwood cemetery.

Mr. Havice was born Feb. 1, 1894 at Rexford, Kans., the son of Luticia May Davis and Charley Havice. He was married to Julia Ann Cole Sept. 16, 1925 at Colby. She survives.

Other survivors are two daughters, Mrs. Edith May Swigert and Mrs. Jannetta Fern Swigert of Buffalo Mo., and two sons Charley of the home, and Junior Howard of Shackleford, Mo. There are two sisters, Mrs. Iva Curry of Oakley and Mrs. Olie Lowry of Twin Falls, Idaho.; and 11 grandchildren.

Before moving here a year ago in June, Mr. Havice lived in Buffalo, Mo., where he was a farmer. He was a member of the Rexford Methodist church and a veteran of WW I. (Augusta Daily Gazette, Friday, July 18, 1958, submitted by Judy Mayfield)


Mrs. Pearl Powers was born on September 22, 1887, at Webb City, Mo., to Sarah and William Shuey, and departed this life on Thursday, July 3, 1958, at the age of 70 years at Allen Memorial hospital in El Dorado after a lingering illness.

She was united in marriage to Marion Lee Powers in 1905 in Neosho, Missouri, who preceded her in death in 1936. To this union were born six children; Leonard Carl who died in infancy, Howard Powers, Rodney Powers, Leona Dill, Jewell Mahannah and Evelyn Willing.

Beside the above mentioned, she is also survived by eight grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and two sister, Mrs. Eva Seals and Mrs. Kathryn Caldwell, and one brother, Dora Shuey, as well as other relatives and a host of friends.

Mrs. Powers was a member of the First Baptist church, and was loved and respected by all who knew her. (Augusta Daily Gazette, July 10, 1958, Thursday, submitted by Judy Mayfield)


Orrison Services Held on Friday

Cecil Dale Orrison, 57, died July 9, in Allen Memorial hospital, El Dorado. Services will be held Friday at 2:30 p.m. from the Dunsford chapel with Rev. Victor A. Major in charge. Burial will be in Elmwood cemetery.

Mr. Orrison was born Sept. 22, 1900 at Compromic, Ill., the son of Carrie and Jacob Marion Orrison. He was married to Hazel Pearl Little Aug. 28, 1935 at Coffeyville. She survives.

Other survivors are a step-daughter, Mrs. Jim Bryan, Coffeyville; two brothers, Carl and Leo of Cheyenne, Wyo.; four sisters, Nora Main of Casper, Wyo., Helen Jackson and Frances Orrison of Oklahoma City, Okla., Oneta Miller of Panhandle, Tex.; also three grandchildren.

A former resident of McPherson, Mr. Orrison came to Butler County in 1936. He was a member of the Methodist Church. (Augusta Daily Gazette, July 9, 1958, Wednesday, Page 1, submitted by Judy Mayfield)


Life Saved Once But Death Takes Local Boy Yesterday

A baby, who seven years ago was snatched from death by a metal lung, died yesterday afternoon at 2 o’clock in the Allen Memorial hospital in El Dorado. He was Robert Dean Harlin, 7, son of C.S. Harlin.

Seven years ago on April 6, 1931, a chubby baby lay snuggly wrapped in a blanket in his crib in the Southwestern Ostepoathic hospital in Wichita unaware that his arrival had caused the death of his mother, Helen Rowe Harlin. He weighed 10 pounds at birth and only slight hopes for his life were entertained. When all other efforts failed a breathing machine was brought from a Wichita mortuary which saved the little fellows life. A formula was worked out for the baby and he lived until yesterday. Influenza with intestinal complications are said to have caused the boy’s death. He was ill one week.

Robert Dean made his home with his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. E.H. Ewalt, 1447 Dearborn. Other survivors are his father, and his grandparents, Mrs. and Mrs. Glen Rowe of Douglass.

Robert Dean was a member and regular attendant of the Baptist church. He was in the second grade at school, a pupil in Vera Clark’s room.

Funeral services will be held Saturday afternoon at 2 o’clock in the Dunsford chapel. Mrs. R.R. Shirk, acting pastor of the Baptist church will conduct the service. Burial will be made in the Elmwood cemetery. (Augusta Daily Gazette, February 23, 1939, Thursday, Page 4, submitted by Judy Mayfield)


Lucille Harlin, 79, Augusta, step-daughter of E.H. Ewalt of Augusta, died Wednesday, Feb. 8.

Her graveside funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10, at Elmwood Cemetery in Augusta with Dr. Robert Box of First Baptist Church officiating.

She was born on June 28, 1915 in Oklahoma.

In addition to her step-father, the retired Coleman of Wichita employee leaves a nephew, Dennis Harlin, address unavailable.

Hillside Funeral Home Augusta is in charge of arrangements. (Augusta Daily Gazette, Thursday, February 9, 1995, submitted by Judy Mayfield)


Harlin Services Here Saturday

Cicero Sequayah (Squeak) Harlin, 47, died July 7 in Sacramento, Calif. Services will be held in Augusta from the Dunsford chapel Saturday at 2 p.m. Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery.

Mr. Harlin was born Feb. 17, 1911 in Westville, Okla., the son of Mable Tucker Harlin and Cabel Harlin.

A sister, Lucille Harlin, resides in Wichita. His father resides in Oklahoma and his stepfather, Ernie Ewalt in Augusta. (Augusta Daily Gazette, Wednesday, July 9, 1958, page 1, submitted by Judy Mayfield)


Services for George Francis Morgan, 76, of Newton, will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Lamb Mortuary Chapel, Whitewater. Burial will be in Brainerd Cemetery, Rev. Jerry Lilly will officiate. (El Dorado Times, Wednesday, May 8,1974)


Funeral services for Joe M. Hillis,75, of 219-1/2 South Taylor, were May 6 at the Kirby Funeral Home Chapel. He died May 3.

The Rev. Donald D. McCracken, First Baptist Church, officiated. Organ selections were played by Mrs. H. W. Bullerdiek.

Casketbearers were George Jackson, Glen Wilson, Harold Provo, Don Meek, Earl Jones, and Dick Burton.

Interment was in Sunset Lawns Cemetery. (El Dorado Times, Wednesday, May 8, 1974)


Loyd Loftis Smith, whose tragic death in an elevator in a business building, Friday morning was a shock to relatives and friends was born in El Dorado, September 1, 1918 to Mr. and Mrs. D. B. Smith and spent all his life here and in Peabody and Madison.

He attended one year of school, entering at Washington School a year ago and was studious and devoted to his teacher, Miss Alma Van Middlesworth. He had attended Sunday School at the Methodist Church.

Lloyd was an unusually bright youngster, filled with love for everyone about him and always trying to do a kindly deed. He seemed to prefer associating with older persons and enjoyed talking with them. One of his chief pleasures was riding in a car with his father and often he referred to himself as "a daddy boy." The pain of the father's grief is slightly cased by knowledge that Lloyd's last full day of life was a holiday. Mr. Smith took Lloyd, Mrs. Smith, Mrs. B. M. Widdifield and her sons, Floyd and Lloyd, to Wichita and part of the day was spent at Riverside Park where the boys found much in interest and amuse them.

Lloyd would have gone this week to Alamosa, Colo., to spend the winter with his mother, Mrs. Mabel Reynolds and attend school. He was an independent little fellow, lovable and attractive with blue eyes and blonde hair. He had many friends and they loved him dearly, as the beautiful flowers that banked the small casket, attested. His relatives and friends will long cherish the memory of Lloyd's unselfishness and his sunny presence.

Funeral services were held at 4 o'clock yesterday afternoon at Byrd Brothers Funeral Home, conducted by Rev. C. A. Kitch of the Methodist Church. (Monday, August 24, 1925)


The body of Pvt. Frank H. Baldwin, Wichita, a former El Doradoan who was killed in Germany on March 30, 1945, will be returned to El Dorado for funeral services and burial. Graveside rites will be Wednesday at Sunset Lawns Cemetery with Rev. William F. Keucher, pastor of the First Baptist Church in charge.

The body will be brought to the Arnold-Kirby Funeral Home Tuesday night. The procession will leave the funeral home at 3:15 o'clock and services at the cemetery are scheduled to begin at 3:30.

Military honors will be conferred by members of the American Legion and veterans of Foreign Wars. The Gold Star Mothers organization will attend in a group.
Private Baldwin who was born on Feb. 21, 1907 a Miami, Okla., lived in El Dorado 15 years where he was graduated from high school. A member of the First Baptist church here, he was sent overseas in 1944 and served in an armored division.

Private Baldwin who had been a resident of Wichita for 10 years was married at that place to Edoline Herndon on August 10, 1944 and the widow survives.
Other survivors include his mother, Mrs. Beulah Baldwin, 401 North Main and three sisters, Mrs. Opal Place, El dorado, Mrs. Eva Kenney, Wichita and Mrs. Ed Vickers, Lyons. (El Dorado Times, Monday, April 25, 1949)


Funeral services for Mrs. Mary K. Richardson, 75 years old, who died at the family residence, 560 W. 13th street, will be held at 7:30 o'clock Saturday evening at the Hahn Funeral Home. She is survived by three sons, A. D., and Roy Richardson of Wichita, Kan., and H. W. Richardson of Oklahoma City and three daughters, Miss Florence Richardson, Mrs. J. R. Hil and Mrs. J. T. Walter of Oklahoma City. The body will be sent to El Dorado, Kan., for burial. (The Oklahoman, November 3, 1923, submitted by Emily Jordan)


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